Although the anniversary of her birthday is just two short days away, on today's date three years ago, the legendary Julia Child died. One of the first celebrity chefs, Child played an incredibly influential role in the culinary world. She personally introduced the classic French cooking techniques through her popular television series, The French Chef, and her 1961 cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She was born in 1912 in Pasadena, California and worked as a member of the Red Cross during World War II before her culinary revelation in 1948 post-war Paris.
She studied at the famed Le Cordon Bleu and shortly afterwards began to encourage mainstream Americans to adopt the sophistication of French cuisine. Her long career as a culinary icon lasted 40 years, and was glittered with prestigious awards including an Emmy and the George Foster Peabody Award. Let's celebrate the extraordinary life of the first female to be inducted into the Culinary Institute Hall of Fame by making something French in the next couple of days!