Julia Child would have turned 100 years old on August 15, 2012. In honor of that milestone, PBS is planning a 100th birthday blowout for “America’s First Lady of Food”, and they want viewers to join in.
To celebrate the original television chef, the network is planning to re-air her various cooking shows, including some French Chef episodes that haven’t been shown since they originally aired in the 1960s. Additional programming includes the special Julia Child Memories: Bon Appetit!, and segments from chefs, critics and foodies about the influence Julia had on them. For those too excited to wait until August 5, when the party officially begins, the PBS website has put together a collection of Julia’s best advice and one-liners. (Our personal favorite? “I enjoy cooking with wine — sometimes I even put it in the food I’m cooking”.)
PBS is even asking for viewers and fans to “cook their own versions of a classic Julia dish” and share the results and Julia-related memories via Twitter. It’s just like Julie & Julia except you only have to cook one dish instead of an entire cookbook.
If you don’t feel like cooking, why not celebrate Julia’s life, legacy and food by ditching the diet for her birthday? It’s what she would have wanted.
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