The Great Hall
Julia Child dies! The Great Hall: Julia Child dies!
By Beachbumcook (Beachbumcook) on Friday, August 13, 2004 - 11:13 am: Edit

Wow talk about a great loss.

I personally think that no individual has contributed so much to the appreciation of Culinary Arts in the US.

Its a sad day for us here, but the food will get better in heaven.


By Chefrev (Chefrev) on Friday, August 13, 2004 - 04:32 pm: Edit

Man! I grew up with my dad watching Julia's show on PBS. Talk about the grand dame of cooking! She was a classy, talented woman who impacted American cuisine in a profound way.

Thanks for a delicious legacy, Julia! Bon apetit!

By Chefmanny (Chefmanny) on Sunday, August 15, 2004 - 10:13 am: Edit

I used to watch her every afternoon after school when I was a kid!!!!
I wonder if she's having a glass of wine with the other masters up there!

By Corey (Corey) on Sunday, August 15, 2004 - 11:49 am: Edit

wow, another great one passes away. a few years ago we just lost justin wilson too. I once saw a show with justin and julia together. between her english accent and his cajun accent I could hardly understand what they were saying.

By Chefmanny (Chefmanny) on Sunday, August 15, 2004 - 05:40 pm: Edit

But they understood each other, he drank red wine and she white!!!!!

By Snuffaluff (Snuffaluff) on Monday, August 16, 2004 - 08:16 am: Edit

Did you know that chef Child's was a spy in WWII? Pretty cool. She was most definatly one of the most appreciated women in the culinary world and known by all.

By Andapanda (Andapanda) on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 04:49 pm: Edit

I'd like to express my condolences to the surviving family members, friends, and associates of the late, great Julia Child. I never knew her personally, nor owned any of her cookbooks, and seldom watched her show. As a fellow culinarian, I admired and respected her for self-effacing manner, sense of humor, unpretentiousness, and dedication to her craft.
No one will ever know how many avocational cooks she had inspired to improve their cooking skills, nor how many people she had inspired to become vocational cooks. She, as well as Graham Kerr, were pioneers in American television history. They were forerunners to the contemporary cooking shows on television.
Her longtime friend, Jacques Pepin, had written this about the late Mrs. Julia Child in his book, The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen:
"One day Helen insisted that I drop by her apartment on my way home. There was a note of urgency in her voice.
"When I got there, she said, 'I have something I want you to read.' She presented me with a cardboard box filled with typewritten pages.
"'A woman up in Cambridge wrote it,' Helen said, 'She's been trying to find a publisher, but they're all rejecting it. I think it's an amazing piece of work. I want to know what you think.'
"I lugged the box back to my apartment, mercifully just around the corner from Helen's. Jean-Claude was sitting at the kitchen table when I entered.
"'What's that?' he asked.
"'A book manuscript,' I said.
"He looked at the box suspiciously. 'A very long book,' he said.
"I put the box down and opened it flaps. The page on top read, 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking, by Julia Child...'
"An hour later, I was still reading, passing the pages to Jean-Claude, who became as engrossed as I. Someone had taken the training and knowledge that Jean-Claude and I had acquired as apprentices and commis and codified it, broken it into simple steps that someone who had never boiled a kettle of water could follow. I was a little jealous. This was the type of book I should have written.[pp.181-2.]"
Mrs. Julia Child had made cooking French recipes, and cooking in general, acceptable, and even popular to Americans. Inspite of her notoriety, and fortune, she was still humble enough to admit that she was not a professional cook or chef, but rather--a home cook.
Just as Catherine di Medici had transformed the simple act of eating into the art of fine dining to the French--the late, Mrs. Julia Child, had also, in her own way, enlightened American cooks to the joys of French cookery. She will be greatly missed! In closing, I'd like us all to remember her every time we hear the words, "Bon Appetit!"

By Chefmanny (Chefmanny) on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 05:50 pm: Edit

Here, Hear Hung Lo!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Ladycake (Ladycake) on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 08:13 pm: Edit

The week gets away from me. so I try to catch up on Fridays, after everybody else leaves.

On Julia. I was once fortunate enough to meet her in Sonoma County at a culinary fair. She was promoting the ACF and doing a radio show. I had paid for myself and a young protege to attend.

Just in case, I bought her most recent book and she most graciously signed it. In my office I have the book and a photo of me sitting next to her. It is one of my most prized professional objects.

Is that a little over the top? Maybe, but I revered her and agree that it is a sad day.

By George (George) on Saturday, August 21, 2004 - 12:08 pm: Edit


Is that a little over the top?

Not at all, wish I was so lucky.


By Chefmanny (Chefmanny) on Sunday, August 22, 2004 - 12:58 pm: Edit

Save that picture Cherie!!!!!!

By Ladycake (Ladycake) on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 12:34 pm: Edit

I intend to.

I saw the tribute last night on the FOod channel. Well done I thought.

By Chefmanny (Chefmanny) on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 10:14 pm: Edit

Yes, it was good!

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