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Farewell friend....

Julia Child died in her sleep yesterday, three days before turning 92. I never got the chance to meet her in person, but she is a part of who I am. I remember being 9 years old, sitting on the floor of our spare room, watching our old Philco black-and-white TV, trying to see through the grainy UHF reception as Julia made crepes on her original show. I own every one of her books. I've prepared literally thousands of meals from her recipies. She was by far one of the most influential people in my life, both as an inspiration for my cooking avocation and for her philosophy of life, her humor and her wonderful writing style.

Rest in peace, Julia.


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Aug. 13th, 2004 08:41 am (UTC)
I was really sad to see that this morning. You said it all.
Aug. 13th, 2004 09:28 am (UTC)
Hear Hear! Julia.....a class act she was, always letting her personality and philosophy of life shine through while she shared her talent and passion!

Do you also remember watching Graham Kerr, the "Galloping Gourmet"? (I understand episodes of his original show are still aired on The Food Network:
Aug. 13th, 2004 09:56 am (UTC)
GRaham Kerr was my culinary guru; we didn't get Julia Child in my remote forest town. I feel your pain, though. I admired her work. Her creme brulee. . . exquisite. And her lampooning of *nouvelle fusion cuisine-cooking food* was right on: After a while, you just forget what you are eating. I owe her my enduring respect for simple, local ingredients prepared so that people will like eating them!
Aug. 13th, 2004 11:06 am (UTC)
Julia was one of my top 5 chefs that I watched with fervor. Funny how I was chatting about this thread just on Monday.... (being that I used to watch Ming Tsai and Martin Yan)

It's nice to know that even the pop-culture chefs of today still recognized her as their superior... That says a lot since chefs seem to thrive on Ego ( not all, just the ones I've met) It's also why I think it's great that Alton Brown never calls himself a Chef.

Someone else phrased it but I'm stealing it...

bon appétit Julia.
Aug. 16th, 2004 07:49 am (UTC)
I don't even cook, and I've always loved Julia Child. I remember as a kid, watching her with my Mom. Julia must have got a message to hurry up and finish, because all of a sudden she was all over the kitchen throwing things around, making a huge mess. My mom and I were laughing and I thought this Julia Child woman was the coolest cook ever! Of course she finished whatever it was she was making, and there was like a minute left still. She just started laughing on camera and made some funny comments.

I also remember seeing her on TV when I was in college. I was hung over and in a bad, extrememly broke and hungry state. Julia was making a breakfast feast. She made her own english muffins, and spent a good 10 minutes on it. The batter, how to use old cat food tins with no tops or bottoms as a mold. Then she looks at the camera and says "but of course you could use store bought english muffins they are just as good, I just buy them" or something to that effect. It was like she just did a food joke or something.

For some reason, hearing about her death, reminded me of when Fred Rogers passed.
Aug. 16th, 2004 02:15 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!!! Just thought I'd sneak that in.

Julia lived across the street from where I went to writing class at Harvard, so my writing teacher knew her (and the other neighborhood luminaries like John Kenneth Galbraith) well. She used to show up to do cooking demonstrations in the lobby at MIT, with her piping voice echoing throughout the Pantheon-like space.

A life well lived, and in declining health well-ended.

Aug. 16th, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC)
I'll miss Julia, too. Anyone who can take the fuss and pretension out of cooking is to be admired.
Happy Happy!
Big hugs and birthday blessings!
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