Whether you’re a discerning foodie or simply enjoy cooking at home; if you have a love of good food, you were probably influenced in some form or another by Julia Child. The chef, author and television personality who became famous for bringing French cuisine to the everyday American chef with her wildly successful cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking, was born 100 years ago today and played a important role as a food revolutionary in the mid 20th century. She was also known for her quotes on how to live one’s life, such as “find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it” and “everything in moderation, including moderation.”
Along with her books, her charming, unpretentious and certainly comic personality appealed to audiences everywhere, and is on display in this clip from Late Night with David Letterman in 1987.
Author Joan Reardon shared her take on how Julia Child influenced the kitchens of the 1960s by creating recipes that, while lengthy, were accessible to the average American. Her recipes also managed to wean household chefs off using processed foods or premade stocks that were often used as easy shortcuts in magazine recipes before the 1960s.