Julia 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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