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Julia Child

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About the Author

Julia Child was born in Pasadena, California. She graduated from Smith College and worked for the OSS during WWII in Ceylon and China, where she met Paul Child. After they married in Paris, where she studied at the Cordon Bleu, and taught cooking with Simone Beck and Louisette Bartholle, with whom she wrote the first volume of Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961). In 1963 Boston’s WGBH launched The French Chef television series, which made Julia Child a national celebrity, earning her the Peabody Award in 1965 and an Emmy in 1966. Subsequent public television shows were Julia Child & Company (1978), Julia Child & More Company (1980)—both of which were accompanied by cookbooks—and Dinner at Julia’s (1983), followed by Cooking with Master Chefs (1993), In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs (1995), and her collaboration with Jacques Pépin, Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home (1999). She died in 2004.

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