Given that chef Julia Child was born in an August (1912) and passed away in an August (2004), it seems fitting that August should be the unofficial Julia Child Month.
Maybe that’s what the editors at the all-things-food-and-drink website www.thedailymeal.com were thinking when they recently asked 10 chefs and food writers to recall their favorite memories of Julia Child.
One of those recollections, from chef-cookbook author James Villas, goes like this: “Every time I met up with Julia, I knew to bring her a bag of her favorite snack — Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. She could and would consume the entire bag by the time we parted.”
Child, the late chef-cookbook author-TV personality and international icon, once was just another American living with her spouse in Paris. That is, until she quickly fell in love with French cuisine and signed up at the legendary Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. Later, in 1961, she revolutionized the American home kitchen with “Mastering the Art of French Cooking, “ in collaboration with chefs Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck.