Julia Child is Born

Julia Child (August 15, 1912 - August 13, 2004) was an American chef, author, and television personality.

She introduced French cuisine and cooking techniques to the American mainstream through her cookbooks, beginning in 1961 with Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her television programs, notably The French Chef which premiered in 1963.

The French Chef is an influential television cooking show created by Julia Child, and produced and broadcast by WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts, from February 11, 1963 to 1973. It was one of the first cooking shows on television. The French Chef introduced French cooking to the United States at a time when it was considered expensive restaurant fare, not suitable for home cooking. Child emphasized fresh and, at the time, unusual ingredients. The show grew out of some special presentations that Julia had done based on the book Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which she had co-authored, and went on to become the most recognized pioneering cooking show. All of the recipes used on The French Chef had originally appeared in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, but for the show, Child chose mostly the more domestic recipes from the book, although such showpieces as Beef Wellington, various sorts of soufflé, and some ambitious pastries also made it into the mix if they seemed within the reach of a home cook without staff.