August 14, 2012 |
Did you know Julia Child could sing? Well, sort of. Wednesday would have been the beloved TV personality, chef and author's 100th birthday, and to celebrate PBS Digital has made a special Julia Child remix video. The video splices and mixes different Child soundbites with scenes of her cooking for a song that is fun and catchy. The music sounds a little techno and definitely pop. PHOTOS : Julia Child: Her life in pictures Some of the best lyrics from the video include: "You need some fat in your diet, or your body can't process your vitamins," she sings with a chuckle. "Bring on the roasted potatoes, bring on the rosé, this is what good cooking is all about, this is what good cooking is all about.
August 15, 2012 |
It's the 100th anniversary of the birth of Julia Child, the American who learned how to cook like a French chef while living abroad and brought those skills home with "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," published in 1961. Later, Child became a wonderful, batty television host, cooking on the fly for PBS and sipping as much sherry as she liked. Child's cookbook was a success, of course, but it ran counter to midcentury America's enthusiasm for prepared, packaged foods. Boning a duck on your own was about as far as you could get from putting a TV dinner in the oven.
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August 29, 2012 |
In her four decades as America's cooking teacher, Julia Child had a hard-and-fast rule about commercial endorsements: She didn't do them. It didn't matter whether it was the butter that made her beurre blanc sauce sing, the pot in which she slow-cooked her cassoulet or even the cookbooks penned by chef friends — her praise was not for sale. "It was sort of a life philosophy that she had," said her great-nephew, Alex Prud'homme, who recalled how she frequently remarked: "Your name is your most valuable asset and you should be very careful how it's used.
August 11, 2009 |
Celebrated TV chef Julia Child served retailers a healthy helping of business this weekend as moviegoers rushed to snatch up cookbooks, buy biographies and even sign up for French cooking classes. The surprise surge came as the Meryl Streep film "Julie & Julia," based in part on her life, opened in theaters over the weekend. It ranked No. 2 at the box office in the U.S. and Canada and pulled in $20 million. By Sunday, Pasadena bookstore Vroman's sold out of the first volume of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking."
February 6, 2013 |
Patina's black truffle dinners are back: Downtown L.A.'s Patina will be offering three-, five- and seven-course tasting menus during the restaurant's annual black truffle dinner series today through Friday. This year's menu will feature butternut squash velouté with black truffle brioche, a filet of John Dory with black truffle venoise , salsify and bitter greens; Scottish wood pigeon and black truffle roulé ; veal served with wild mushrooms; and for dessert, vanilla pain perdu with roasted pear and black truffle crème anglaise . The three-, five- and seven-course truffle tasting menus are priced at $85, $125 and $175 per person, respectively.
August 28, 2012
A legal battle pits Julia Child's heirs against the Irvine-based manufacturer of Thermador ovens over a marketing campaign, launched without the permission of the culinary icon's estate, that touts her use of its appliances. Child was adamant about not endorsing products and brands, ever. Not for butter, appliances or even the cookbooks of friends. “It was sort of a life philosophy that she had,” her great-nephew, Alex Prud'homme, told The Times, recalling how she frequently remarked, “Your name is your most valuable asset, and you should be very careful how it's used.” PHOTOS: Julia Child: Her life in pictures According to The Times: The campaign rolled out this year by Thermador ... ranged from a Facebook “like” of its products by “Julia Child, chef” to glossy magazine ads that showed photos of Child and two of the brand's ovens with the caption, “An American Icon and Her American Icons.” Both sides agree that there were Thermador appliances on the Boston set where Child filmed “The French Chef” in the 1960s and 1970s and that she had a Thermador oven in the kitchen of her Cambridge , Mass., residence -- a room now displayed as a national treasure at the Smithsonian Institution . But the sides part on whether Thermador required the approval of the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, the Santa Barbara charitable foundation to which she left her intellectual property, including...