August 3, 2009

My Julia

I feel as though this post on Julia Child is a small trickle in the deluge of publicity and chatter around the famous chef and the upcoming Nora Ephron-directed film, "Julie & Julia." So many people are excited to learn more about this culinary connoisseur from Cambridge. I've read article upon article on Ms. Child's life, as well as that of Julie Powell's. It's made me recall my own experience with Julia Child and her infamous cooking. When I was a young child, I remember watching her show on PBS with my parents every Saturday around lunchtime (yes, I am an only child). My dad would whip up some delightful sandwich or yummy soup and the three of us would gather round the TV for a little "bon appetit" time. Her show, along with The Frugal Gourmet and The Victory Garden, became big part of my childhood. So much so, that one time, when I was four and out shopping with my mummy, I overheard a woman call her daughter "Julia,"and I went up to the little girl to ask if she was Julia Child. Sadly, I was mistaken.

When she lived in Cambridge in the 1970s, my mom ran into Julia at the New Balance shoe store, where they both had gone to buy shoes. My mother overheard Julia remark that she needed very large shoes, and my Internet research says that she wore a size 12 women's shoe. It was fun to share stories about Julia with my mom when I was home a few weeks ago. I recently read an interview with Nora Ephron in Vogue, where both the author of the article and Ephron shared their Julia Child encounters. Now I'm wondering, what is your Julia Child story?
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  1. can't wait to see the movie but first I'd love to read it. waiting my turn for my copy from the library!

  2. I am embarrassed to admit that I know very little about Julia indeed---especially shameful as I consider myself an avid home chef! Maybe some exploratory cooking is in order before I go see the movie?

    Do you live in Cambridge still? It's one of my favourite little cities in the country!


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