|Julia Child Turns 100|
Before Rachael Ray and Martha Stewart, Julia Child was the original rock star of the kitchen. Child, born August 15, 1912 in Pasadena, was not a natural at cooking; she decided to enroll in Le Cordon Bleu in 1948 after experiencing a life-changing meal in Paris. Thirteen years later she published Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which remains a cookbook staple in kitchens across America. Dearie by Bob Spitz, published in early August to coincide with what would have been Child's 100th birthday, describes her incredible life story and explores how she acted as a role model for post-war American women, changing both the kitchen and the culture in the process.
Other recent high-demand books on Child include A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS by Jennet Conant and Julia Child's My Life in France, made popular by the feature film Julie and Julia starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child. Interested in cooking memoirs? Check out our list of "chefoirs!"