Julia Child - Mastering the Art of French Cooking

by AngelaJohnson

Julia Child taught Americans (both men and women) how to enjoy cooking. She wanted people to think of cooking as a joy and an art, and not a chore to hurry through.

Julia Child didn't begin cooking until she was 32 years old and didn't begin her television career until she was 50.

Her first book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking was published in 1961, and volume 2 published in 1970. The books 
have been republished as a two volume set and are still popular today.

Her first TV show, "The French Chef," was one of the first cooking shows on American TV. It aired from 1963 to 1973 and Julia always ended each episode saying '"Bon appetit!"

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About French Chef Julia Child

Julia ChildJulia Carolyn (McWilliams) Child was born August 15, 1912, in Pasadena, California.

She attended Smith College and received a degree in English in 1934. Julia later met Paul Child while working for the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) during World War II. They married and moved to Paris after the war.

Julia Child enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu Paris and earned the Diplôme de Cuisine in 1951. 

Afterwards, Julia and two French colleagues began working on a cookbook for an American audience titled, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1, was published in 1961, and Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 2, was published in 1970. These books are still in print, available in paperback.

You can also buy a 2 Volume Set in hardback or paperback.

In 1962, Julia was a guest on a book review TV show. She showed the viewers how to cook an omelet on a hot plate and as a result of their positive reactions, she ended up hosting a cooking show called “The French Chef.”

The first show was aired in February, 1963, when Julia was 50 years old. The show was a success from the beginning and ran for ten years. She loved being a ham on television and her fans loved her.

Throughout her career, Julia wrote more books and starred in other television cooking shows.

She died on Aug. 13, 2004, two days before she would have been 92.

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Some Quotes by Julia Child



"I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate."


"People who love to eat are always the best people."  


"Fat gives things flavor."  


"....no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing."  


"Until I discovered cooking, I was never really interested in anything."


"One of the secrets, and pleasures, of cooking is to learn to correct something if it goes awry; and one of the lessons is to grin and bear it if it cannot be fixed."


"Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need."




Some Julia Child TV Episodes - The French Chef

Each Video is About a Half Hour Long Julia Child The French Chef- Roast Suckling Pig

Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Julia Child's First Book (in 2 volumes)
Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set)

The perfect gift for any follower of Julia Child—and any lover of French food. This boxed set brings together Mastering the Art of French Cooking, first published in 1961, and i...

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Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1, 40th Anniversary Edition

This is the classic cookbook, in its entirety—all 524 recipes. “Anyone can cook in the French manner anywhere,” wrote Mesdames Beck, Bertholle, and Child, “with the right instru...

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Mastering the Art of French Cooking

A classic French cookbook.

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Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian Institute

Julia Child's Kitchen at SmithsonianJulia Child’s kitchen is on display at the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. This is her actual kitchen, not a replica.

The kitchen was designed by Paul Child. He chose the light blue/green color scheme and added an extra 2 inches to the standard 36 inch tall countertops because of Julia’s 6′ 2′′ height.



Their kitchen was used for the shows:

~~ In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs

~~ Baking With Julia

~~ Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home with Jacques Pépin.



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The Julia Child Rose

The Julia Child rose was bred by Tom Carruth in 2004. Julia Child personally chose the rose to be named after her. It’s called Absolutely Fabulous in the UK.
The Julia Child Rose
The Julia Child Rose

Julia's Cooking Wisdom

A Great Gift Idea

How many minutes should you cook green beans?

What are the right proportions for a vinaigrette?

How do you skim off fat?

What is the perfect way to roast a chicken?

Julia Child gave us extensive answers to all these questions–and so many more–in the masterly books she published over the course of her career. But which one do you turn to for which solutions? Over the years Julia also developed some new approaches to old problems, using time-saving equipment and more readily available products. So where do you locate the latest findings?

Updated: 02/16/2015, AngelaJohnson
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Veronica on 06/11/2016

I hadn't heard of her here in UK until I saw the film. I found it very sad but funny and Meryl Streep was excellent.

candy47 on 06/11/2016

I watched the Julia Child cooking shows many years ago. The movie, Julie & Julia is a nice tribute in a way.

AngelaJohnson on 02/17/2015

happynutritionist - I hadn't heard abut that blog, but did a bit of research. Her name is Julie Powell and I couldn't find the blog. But she published a book based on it called, "Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously," which I found on Amazon.

Personally, I like to cook but only when I want to. If I HAVE to cook, then it's a chore. I experiment a lot and only occasionally create a dud and have to throw it out. I can usually salvage a dish even if I have to later add more to it.

happynutritionist on 02/16/2015

My husband is such a fan of Julia Child, we loved the movie....I can't recall the name...about the gal who tried each of her recipes and blogged about it? I don't hate to cook, but am more of a do it because I have to cook :-)

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