Julia Carolyn Child was born on August 15, 1912 and died on August 13, 2004. Julia was an American cooking teacher, author, and television personality. Julia is very likely responsible for the beginnings of people wanting to watch other people cook on television. I remember watching The French Chef on PBS long before the Food Network came along.
While Julia did not star in the movie Julie & Julia, the story is a combination of Julia Child’s “My Life in France” and Julie Powell‘s “Julie & Julia” which was Julie’s trek of 365 days and 524 Recipes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child which was Julie’s blog become book and entertaining movie thanks for Nora Ephron.
Oh Julia, do I ever agree. As I was growing up I always had a cat and as an only child the first cat I had was like my babysitter, best friend and thing that I would annoy. We would go on walks together and explore, I’d take pictures of her because she was a beautiful black cat with a white spot on her belly. She didn’t always like me but I believe she grew to doing so and that started my love of cats. So when I moved to Abilene, Texas I adopted my neighbor’s cat when they moved. While I was getting divorced the first time I got two more and so had three. Then I moved back home and had one cat until I couldn’t take her with me to the new apartment. When I moved to Texas for the second time I got Luna and then Gandalf and then Dexter thanks to Scott. Then my life was destroyed by a murdering narcissist when both Dexter & Luna killed. My Gandalf lives with Scott. And I am catless, but have hope that one day will have one again. For me cats were never just a cat or just a pet. They were so much more and are so much more to me. They are love.
I believe this too. I believe it because I know that Julia wasn’t automatically a gourmet cook or start writing cookbooks. While she was living in France she studied at the Cordon Bleu in 1951 and studied under a couple of master chef’s while in France. It was because of her husband Paul who was most definitely a foodie, like herself that she decided to learn how to cook and boy did it pay off. I think she probably always had the what-the-hell attitude growing up being 6’2″ and I’d like to think living in France also helped. I’m not saying French are rude but to prove herself credible as a woman and as wanting to be in the Cordon Bleu and wanting to teach the attitude certainly had to have helped.
Wise words from Julia to follow your passions and continue to be interested in them and keep doing them so you become as good as one can get at it and who knows where that road will take you. Look at Julia…she didn’t know how to cook before her husband and then when living in Paris and having such good food decided to learn how to cook those meals. Then pushed herself further and becoming someone that is a household name.
Julie Powell did something similar when deciding to start a blog and start cooking Julia Child’s recipes from her book and writing about it. That kick started her own writing career and I just found out today that Julie and myself share the exact same birthday, month, date and year. How ironic huh? Especially since I sit here writing in a blog which I hope will one day turn into more than just a blog. I guess one could say that Julie also inspired me but there have been many people who have inspired my writing through the years. So thank you Julie… and thank you Julia Child for inspiring me to learn how to cook and start to experiment with cooking.