Julia Child (1912-2004) was a famous American cook, author, and television personality who introduced French cuisine and cooking techniques to the American mainstream through her many cookbooks and television programs. Her most famous works are the cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and showcasing her sui generis television persona, the series “The French Chef”, which premiered in 1963.
Child also wrote magazine articles and a regular column for “The Boston Globe” newspaper. Her show, “The French Chef” ran nationally for ten years and won Peabody and Emmy Awards, including the first ever Emmy award for an Educational program. She starred in numerous television programs and collaborated many times for television programs and cookbooks.
In 1981, Child founded the educational American Institute of Wine and Food in Napa, California. She received the French Legion of Honor in 2000 and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003. She also received honorary doctorates from Harvard University, Smith College, and several other universities.
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