The talented and delightful Julia Child, who taught so many people to be more adventurous in the kitchen, would have turned 100 years old on August 15. Even though she died in 2004 (just two days shy of her 92nd birthday), fans of the “French Chef” are remembering her on what would have been her big day.
In particular, PBS has planned a big celebration featuring special programming and online features. They’re encouraging folks to cook a favorite Julia Child recipe and share pictures and comments about it on their website or Facebook page. They’ve also got some other commemorative coverage planned. Here are the details:
* Cook your own version of a classic Julia Child recipe, then share pictures or thoughts by tweeting with the hashtag #CookforJulia. Or you can post pictures and comments at PBS Food or on the PBS Food Facebook page.
* At PBS Food, you can see almost 100 “exclusive, limited-time full episodes from: In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs, Cooking with Master Chefs, The French Chef Classics, Baking with Julia and three Cooking in Concert specials.” There’s also recipes, articles, links and a Julia personality quiz there.
* PBS has special programming planned for the month of August, including an encore showing of “Julia Child Memories: Bon Appetit!” and exclusive showings of “The French Chef Classics,” which are three episodes from her original program, “The French Chef.” There will be a Julia Child marathon on Aug. 18 and 19 on Create TV (distributed by American Public Television, not sure if we get this around here with all carriers). Check local listings for more details.
* Finally, you can find all of Julia Child’s cookbooks for sale at ShopPBS, as well as DVDs and biographies. My favorite Julia Child book is one that she penned, “My Life in France.” If you haven’t read it, I would highly recommend it. It’s only $7.99 on the PBS shopping site. I’ve also read “Backstage with Julia” by Nancy Verde Barr, and it was interesting. It’s not on the ShopPBS site but you can read more about it here.
Do you have a favorite Julia Child recipe? I think the best one I’ve ever made was her French onion soup. Yum!