If legendary television chef and author Julia Child  were still standing, she'd be turning 103 years old this August. Should you find yourself craving one of the culinary matron's masterpieces, flip on some reruns of The French Chef or In Julia's Kitchen With Master Chefs , then make yourself an authentic French recipe from scratch, courtesy of JC. Here are a handful of our favorite ideas.
— Additional reporting by Nicole Perry
Cookbook author David Lebovitz describes this decadent dessert  as having "a perfect, slightly-gummy texture, backed up by a wallop of pure dark chocolate flavor," and we'd have to agree.
Moules à la Marinière
Seafood-lovers can't go wrong with a classic recipe for mussels steamed in white wine , leeks, and herbs like bay leaf, thyme, and parsley.
Bacon and Leek Quiche
For brunch, you can do no better than a hearty slice of puff-pastry-crusted bacon and leek quiche .
Reine de Saba
Julia Child 's Reine de Saba  (Queen of Sheba) cake, with chocolate-butter icing and dense, slightly undercooked batter, was featured prominently  in the film Julie & Julia.
One of Julia Child 's better-known recipes is the velvety potage parmentier or potato leek soup .
There are many potato gratin recipes out there, but Julia Child's classic cream- and gruyere-enriched version  might just be the best.
If you've never had the pleasure of trying clafouti before, it's a dessert that has a texture somewhere in between a custard, a cake, and a dutch baby. Traditionally (and in this recipe), the fruit of choice is cherries ; berries are another great option.
Soupe à l'Oignon
Dreary weather calls for cozying up with a bowl of Julia's rustic french onion soup .
Tian de Courgettes au Riz
Like a cross between risotto and a gratin, except lighter, zucchini tian  is a great way to put an excess of zucchini to good use.
Crepes Fines Sucrées
These technically demanding crepes fines sucrée  are not for the faint of heart, but once you practice getting the rhythm down, you'll see why they're held up so highly.
"While it does not require years of training to produce a juicy, brown, buttery, crisp-skinned, heavenly bird, it does entail such a greed for perfection that one is under compulsion to hover over the bird, listen to it, above all see that it is continually basted, and that it is done just to the proper turn," Julia Child  wrote of the quest for perfect roast chicken .
Chantilly Aux Framboises
This delicate raspberry custard  might sound and taste fancy, but it only requires four ingredients (raspberries, sugar, egg yolks, and heavy cream) and is relatively simple to prepare.
Moules à la Provencal
Even those on the fence about mussels will be drawn to the bubbling-brown, buttery gratin topping on these moules à la Provencal .