The French Chef


Like many postwar Americans, Julia Child took a trip to France and had meals that changed the way she looked at food and eating. Fortunately for us, she brought back a doggie bag of knowledge and enthusiasm. Child’s public-TV show taught Americans weaned on frozen and canned food that using fresh ingredients didn’t make you superior, it just made you happier; that cooking needn’t be intimidating; and that it was OK to make mistakes. Laughing off her kitchen flubs, employing cream and butter in amounts fit to kill an army and ushering America into the foodie era with a disarming warble, Child served up TV dinners that were actually good for us.

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