London: Google has doodled renowned chef, author, and television personality, Julia Child, who is recognised for introducing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’.
She went on to fame with her subsequent television programmes, 1963 The French Chef being the most famous.
Child was born Julia Carolyn McWilliams, as the eldest of the three children, in Pasadena, California on August 15, 1912.
She moved to Paris after marriage, and it was in the French capital that her culinary journey began. She attended the famous Le Cordon Bleu cooking school and later studied privately with Max Bugnard and other master chefs.
Child described her first meal in Rouen (northern France) as a culinary revelation, calling it “an opening up of the soul and spirit for me.”
She joined the women’s cooking club Cercle des Gourmettes, through which she met Simone Beck, who was writing a French cookbook for Americans with her friend Louisette Bertholle.
In order to make the more relevant to Americans, Beck proposed that Child work with them.
The trio were to setup L’école des trois gourmandes (The School of the Three Food Lovers) in 1951, to teach cooking to American women in Paris.
In 1961, the 734-page Mastering the Art of French Cooking finally published. The book became an instant success, and was popular with the audience as well as the critics.
Julia Child authored other books like The French Chef Cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume Two, and From Julia Child’s Kitchen.
Child landed her own TV show in 1963 with The French Chef. The show proved to be another smash-hit for Childs, running for 10 years.
She also starred in various TV shows like Julia Child & Company, Julia Child & More Company, and Dinner at Julia’s.
Child won various Emmy Awards, Daytime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award as well as a US National Book Award.
On August 13, 2004, Julia Child died of kidney failure at her retirement community home, Casa Dorinda, at the age of 91.