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Celebrating Julia Child and Her Legacy in Honor of Her Birthday

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Happy birthday, Julia Child!

Today marks the birthday of American chef, author, and television personality, Julia Child (1912-2004).  Child is best known for making French cuisine accessible to the American public with her debut cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and her famous cooking show, “The French Chef.”

Child got her culinary start when she and her husband, Paul, relocated to Paris for his career as a American civil servant and diplomat.  In Paris, Child developed an interest in cooking and subsequently enrolled in the famed Le Cordon Bleu culinary school.  During this time, she also met Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle; the trio would eventually publish “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in 1961.  The publication of her cookbook marked the beginning of Child’s famously public, cooking career.

When she and her husband returned to the United States in the 1960s, Child was approached by television executives who wanted her to host a cooking show based on her book.  “The French Chef” debuted in 1963 and remained on air for a decade.  With the success of her show, Child gained widespread fame and published additional cookbooks as well as hosted several other television programs.

While her cookbooks and television programs worked to spread love and appreciation for French cuisine, Child didn’t stop there.  She also went on to co-found the American Institute of Wine and Food in 1981 and establish the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and Culinary Arts in 1995.  Today, both organizations continue to inspire a love of food and cooking.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we remember Julia Child and her amazing legacy in honor of her birthday. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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