When people speak of Julia Child — and the buzz may reach maximum volume today, on the centenary of her birth — they speak from the heart.
The recent spate of video tributes from major food professionals confirms what home cooks have come to understand: She had an incredible work ethic; she loved a good joke; her work is, perhaps, more relevant than ever; even longtime chefs were thrilled when she complimented their dishes; any extra effort that it took to see her in person or on television was worth it; it’s okay to make mistakes as long as you learn how to fix what went wrong; cooking is fun.
From chef-restaurateur Thomas Keller:
Chef Elizabeth Faulkner:
What would you say to Julia Child, if you had the chance? (Every Thanksgiving, when I burn my fingertips on the first batch of her hazelnut cornucopias, I channel her good humor. Or try to. The cornet-shaped cookies are a must for the holiday.) Share your thoughts in the comments after the jump.
Also after the jump: more tributes, from Sara Moulton and Martha Stewart.
Watch Martha Stewart Talks About the Influence of Julia Child on PBS. See more from PBS Food.
Find more videos here, including chef Jose Andres and actor Meryl Streep, who played the icon in the 2009 film “Julie & Julia.”
Free Range on Food (at noon today), with guests author Bob Spitz (“Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child”) and Smithsonian curator Rayna Green.