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   KitcheN revolutioNAry
Long before there was an Ina Gartner or a Stanley Tucci, there was Julia Child, whose life is celebrated in the 2021 documentary Julia.
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Child was a culinary trailblazer, becoming the first celebrity chef after publishing her cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking and appearing on a public television cooking show in 1963 at the age of 51.
The statuesque Child would go on to publish 22 titles and appear in multiple television series, with her original book considered as revolutionary to American households previously more accustomed to Jell-O molds than soufflés.
Child first took to cooking in a serious fashion after her husband was stationed in Paris after WWII, falling in love with sole meunière, the first meal she had while in France, and attending the Cordon Bleu to further discover the marvels of French gastronomy.
Child became an icon in the days before feminism, a woman in the kitchen with power, confidence and control. She could be playful at times as well, and truly rose to iconic status before her death in 2004, just days before her 92nd birthday.
Child’s life is also the subject of an eight-episode series for HBO Max set to premier in 2022 and was famously played by Meryl Streep in 2009’s Julie & Julia, proving that her appeal is timeless, and her status as a culinary icon is firmly rooted in American culture.
   "To be a good cook you have To have a love of The good, a love of hard work, and a love of creaTing."
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