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Julia Child passed away today, just three days before her 92nd birthday. There's no doubt that she lived a long and productive life, but we'll surely miss her nonetheless. She pioneered so much in spreading culinary awareness -- the Food Network, chefs across the world, home cooks who learned better skills from her -- all owe her a great debt.

Thank you, Julia, for all you did and gave. I know a lot of LJ cooking communities (LJ Gourmet and others) have posters suggesting that they make a nice dish this weekend in her memory, and I think I'm going to try. At the very least, I'll buy one of her cookbooks.

I was pleased to read that Child's kitchen has been preserved as an exhibit in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Good for them.

Bon appetit, bon voyage, and bonne nuit, old friend.

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sailormur
Aug. 13th, 2004 11:17 am (UTC)
Poo.
what you should really do this weekend is drop a chicken on the floor, pick it up and calmly continue preparing it.

She so rocks. I will miss her.
pointedview
Aug. 13th, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Poo.
*chuckles* Well said. I liked that sort of dotty quirkiness she had -- I mean, a lot of people regard French cuisine as fussy and unapproachable, and she took that and with her personality, made it much less intimidating.

tagplazen
Aug. 13th, 2004 11:25 am (UTC)
Dude, that sucks horribly. When I was about twenty I smashed my right leg, long spiral fracture that had me in the hospital for about a week on morphine as the doctors waited for the swelling to go down, and I'd watch Julia Child's cooking show and laugh my ass off during each episode, probably the combination of the drugs and her own presentation, but nonetheless I've had a soft spot in my heart for her ever since.
pointedview
Aug. 13th, 2004 02:19 pm (UTC)
I can see how drugs and Julia Child's cooking could be a very entertaining combination . . . one Hannibal Lecter might well appreciate, come to think of it. ;)

arafel
Aug. 13th, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
I'm sad about that too. If you're out to buy a cookbook, pick up The Way to Cook, IMHO. There are many basic recipes and terrific photography.

Bon appetit, indeed. :(
pointedview
Aug. 13th, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC)
Good advice -- thank you for the recommendation!
canopic_no_9
Aug. 13th, 2004 12:42 pm (UTC)
So sad. I'll have to salute her with some sherry or some white wine later on.
pointedview
Aug. 13th, 2004 02:21 pm (UTC)
I like that idea.
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