Julia Child was born on this day in 1912, and although she passed in 2004 just two days shy of her 92nd birthday, her legacy lives on in the people she inspired.
Today Google is celebrating that legacy with a doodle featuring the famous chef in the place she most liked to be: the kitchen. Surrounded by the makings of a delicious meal, she stands poised over a pot, ready to take a bite of her creation. It’s an image that seems to sum up her love of cooking and her sheer delight in eating the finished product–which is, as any chef will tell you, the best part of toiling away in the kitchen.
Child wrote several books on cooking, the most popular being Mastering The Art Of French Cooking, which is still considered to be a seminal work in the field of culinary arts. Child took the complicated, intricate recipes she’d learned while attending Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and made them her own, while at the same time turning them into something anyone could understand and use.
Many people know of Child’s inherent cheerfulness, her outspoken disposition, and her love of all things food related; what they may not know is that she worked for the Office of Strategic Services during WWII as a top secret researcher. She received several awards for her service, but her life would change for the better when she met her future husband, Paul, while working for the OSS. They enjoyed a long and happy marriage until his death in 1994.
To celebrate Julia’s birthday and the indelible mark she left on the culinary world, PBS is showing never-before-seen episodes of her shows as well as episodes of “Cooking With Master Chefs”, which saw Child travel to the kitchens of 16 different world-class chefs.