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.

From Moulton:

Watch Sara Moulton Talks About Julia Child on PBS. See more from PBS Food.

From Stewart:

Find more videos here, including chef Jose Andres and actor Meryl Streep, who played the icon in the 2009 film “Julie & Julia.”

Further reading:

Free Range on Food (at noon today), with guests author Bob Spitz (“Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child”) and Smithsonian curator Rayna Green.

All for Julia: 100 days of buzz and her kitchen returns