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Today Marks Julia Child’s Birthday! – Join Us in Celebrating

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Chef, author, and television personality Julia Child has probably done more for French-style food preparation than anyone else in history.

Julia Child was born in Pasadena, California on this day in 1912, one of John and Julia McWilliams’s three children. Julia brought haute cuisine to the masses through forty years of cooking shows and a shelf full of the best-selling cookbooks.

The French Chef, the first and most famous of her nine public television series, debuted on WGBH in Boston in 1963. Along with making her mark on air, Child had a major impact beyond it. Her emphasis on fresh ingredients encouraged Americans to move away from frozen and other packaged food and to shop for and cook meals in a different way. In essence, she helped change everyday life.

Child also played an important role in building an audience for public television during its early years. A staple of nascent pledge drives, Child helped public television find an audience, and she eventually became the first PBS personality to win an Emmy. When Child retired to California in the late nineties, she donated her Cambridge kitchen, with its famous Garland stove, pots and pans, and eight hundred knives, to the Smithsonian Institution.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show in learning more about nation’s rich history. 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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