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JULIA CHILD DOODLE: Google tips its toque with art to celebrate late TV chef’s 100th birthday

FANS HAVE turned up the heat for “JC100.”

Aug. 15 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Julia Child, the trailblazing TV chef who made French cooking accessible to many Americans — becoming a jolly presence in our living rooms and an inspiration in our kitchens.

Google is celebrating her centenary with a colorful homepage Doodle that displays the array of her talents, from poultry to dessert — with the top of the Google “G” sitting in the first pot.

Child, who was born in Pasadena, died in nearby Santa Barbara in 2004 just two days shy of her 92nd birthday.


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And then there’s the cultural attraction that is Child’s own famed Massachusetts kitchen. The Post’s Bonnie S. Benwick writes that the Smithsonian — which “created one of the National Museum of American History’s most beloved exhibits” out of the chef’s authentic contents — is reopening the kitchen for the anniversary, where the Hall of Agriculture once stood.

Also to celebrate the anniversary, PBS Digital Studios auto-tuned another of its longtime icons — on the heels of having put Mr. Rogers and Bob Ross to an auto-tune:


Happy birthday, Julia — and bon appétit!


[PHOTO GALLERY: Celebrating 100 years of Julia]

[SELECTED RECIPES: Cooking with Julia at home]

Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.

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