A Sharp Knuckle to the Hip

PBS Food asks Chef Lora Brody, author and photographer, about her time with Julia Child on the show, “Baking with Julia.” In the midst of the Julia Child 100th Birthday Celebration, Brody pays tribute to her legacy.

What was it like working with Julia Child?

Being on Julia’s show wasn’t the first time we worked together. In 1985 working with 10 other Boston area women we founded the Women’s Culinary Guild, the country’s first food service related networking organization. We became good friends and Julia and Paul war frequent guests at our home, as we were at hers. Even so, when I was standing in her kitchen and the cameras were rolling and it dawned on me that I was actually on tv with Julia, I was rendered speechless. Julia cured that instantly be giving me a sharp knuckle nudge in my hip (out of camera range) which brought me to my senses. Working with Julia was always fun, always a learning experience and always left me with yet another wonderful Julia story for my treasure trove of memories.

What do you believe is Julia Child’s lasting legacy?

She was a smart, strong, assertive woman who made it big in a world dominated by men. She should serve as a role model for anyone (particularly women) who dare to dream big.

What was the impact of appearing on Baking with Julia?

I still hear from people who see reruns of that show. I came away with wonderful memories and a renewed respect for the behind the scenes crew that made that show so very special.

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About Lora Brody

Lora Brody headshotLora Brody is the author of over 20 books including three collections of essays with recipes. She now makes her living as a fine art photographer. Her work can be seen at www.lorabrody.com.