I can not talk about cooking without mentioning Julia Child.
We were allowed to watch Educational TV (that was what PBS was called back in the dim, dark ages) and THERE SHE WAS. Right in our Living Room.
Just like Miss Jean on Romper Room, she looked right into the camera and talked right at you. It was always Magic Mirror time with Julia.
But practically from the start -and by start I mean 1963 – The French Chef was a presence in our house.
She was The French Chef, and yet she wasn’t French.
She cooked thoughtfully and fearlessly and with interest and curiosity.
In this Time interview she says she’s tired of grey food and waiting to shoot a cooking show in color. For those of us with black and white TV, there was a whole grey world that was no less magical for lack of color.
It wasn’t until the late ’70’s that I even read one of her cookbooks. I would take notes and cook from the shows. Unlike so many others, I did NOT start with boeuf bourguignon . She did LOTS of other things.
I distinctly remember French Onion Soup, but it was not the first thing I made
Julia making French Onion Soup –
the episode is on YouTube
Tamar Hapsel at Starving Off the Land has a different version that is also great…
February marks the anniversary of the first airing of The French Chef, so there’ll be more then.
August marks the anniversary of Julia’s birth – I usually dedicate the month to reading her and cooking from her….So much Julia!