Summers With Julia Child

By Lindsey Johnson, Cafe Johnsonia

When other kids were out playing during summer vacation, I was inside, glued to my television watching cooking shows on PBS. One of my very favorites was Baking With Julia.

I didn’t really know who Julia Child was. I didn’t know that she was this larger-than-life icon and powerhouse. I didn’t know anything except that I adored her. She was simply marvelous in every way.

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Julia Taught Me That Food Should Be Savored to the Last Crumb

By Kate Taylor, Cookie and Kate

What would modern-day American cooking be without Julia Child’s enduring influence? Julia’s voice has filled living rooms with her encouraging attitude and instilled confidence in viewers for nearly 50 years. Thanks to her foolproof recipes and exacting methods, Julia has helped produce countless deliciously memorable homemade meals. What’s more, she has inspired home cooks to become more adventurous in the kitchen. Her impact as a catalyst for creative culinary endeavors should never be underestimated.

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Finding Success Through Failure

By Kelly Rudnicki, Food Allergy Mama

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” ― Julia Child

Julia Child was a fearless and ambitious icon in American television. Her cooking shows forever changed the landscape of TV programming by giving viewers something different than just news or sitcoms. Julia offered an endearing glimpse into her kitchen and single -handedly taught millions how to cook in a real and approachable manner.

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The Chocolate Mousse

(Excerpted with permission from: http://glutenfreegirl.com/julia-childs-chocolate-mousse/ )

By Shauna Ahern, Gluten-Free Girl

It probably won’t surprise you to find that we adore Julia Child in this house.

(Those of you who have been watching our videos might have spotted the new photo in our kitchen — Julia Child in her tv set kitchen, reaching for a whole fish, which is in the hands of a tech guy crouched in the refrigerator, out of sight line of the camera. It makes us laugh, every time.)

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You Can Cook Gourmet Food at Home

By Kalyn Denny, Kalyn’s Kitchen

I didn’t grow up in a family that cared much about television, so it wasn’t until I had been food blogging for several years that I had much awareness of the contributions of Julia Child to the American culinary scene. When various food blogs started doing years tributes to her, I cracked open my one and only Julia Child Cookbook and tried a few of year recipes, and it was great fun feeling united with other bloggers in appreciate for someone who was such an icon. Then when the movie Julie and Julia came out, I went to see it with a group of local Utah food bloggers and established some real blogging friendships through the experience. But it wasn’t until my friend Lydia from The Perfect Pantry (http://www.theperfectpantry.com) sent me a set of DVDs of Julia’s TV episodes that I really got a sense of her as a person. Watching those gave me an appreciation for how Julia instilled the idea that you can cook gourmet food at home into the American consciousness in a way that no one else had.

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A Trip to Paris

By Caroline Campion, Devil and Egg

A few years ago, I was sitting at my desk at the woman’s magazine where I worked as an editor and instead of fiddling with copy for an article on yoga pants, or coming up with story ideas about the mysteries of the male mindset, I was trolling the internet for cheap flights to Paris.

This wasn’t just the usual office place procrastination—I was on a mission. My mother had recently gone through a bit of a rough spell and I was trying to figure out a way to restore her happiness. It was at work when I had a sudden moment of inspiration: “What better way to revive the soul of someone you love then to take them to Paris?” That magical place where morning baguettes, aimless walks, afternoon cafés, and the Seine at sunset that can heal almost anything that ails you.

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The Importance of Passion

By Brian Samuels, A Thought For Food

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” ― Julia Child

How true those words are. In 2010, when I left my job in film production to explore other opportunities, I was given a card by a coworker with this quote. These words now dangle over my desk at home and whenever I find myself questioning what I’m doing with my career, I take solace in Julia’s sentiments. I am passionate about photography. When I pick up my camera and focus on an ingredient or a family or a couple about to get married, this is when I feel like I’m in my element.

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Becoming Fearless

By Jennifer McHenry, Bake or Break

“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!” – Julia Child

I do not deal well with failure. I have an unrealistic expectation that I should be successful with everything on the first try.

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