Happy 100th Julia Child!

In case you haven't seen today's Google Doodle, it commemorates what would have been Julia Child's 100th Birthday!  She was truly an inspiration as a chef, a woman, and an American.  Culinary giants like the Food Network and it's large cast of celebrity chefs would not be such prominent points of our modern pop culture without her.  Before her rise to foodie stardom, she was an impeccable and dedicated government employee during World War II, busted the gender barrier by attending the then male-dominated Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris, and pioneered the cooking show format as we know it today.

She was an inspiration to me especially.  I grew up watching her and Jacques Pepin, and I consider her one of my biggest culinary role models.  Julia won over Americans by implementing an easy and unpretentious approach to classic French cooking.  Anything she applied herself to, she achieved, partly in thanks to her genuine personality, and I hope to achieve that kind of prominence in my own life (I'm on the right track so far!).

If you haven't seen the movie Julie & Julia, I highly recommend it.  Meryl Streep does an excellent portrayal of Julia Child, and really brings out how fun she was before she passed away in 2004.  Here's the tralier:

Julia's cheerful personality and her encouraging words will live on for many years to come, so many people have her to thank for changing the world.   To close I'll impart some of her most famous quotes:

"The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook"

"Life itself is the proper binge"

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude"

"How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex?"

"The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken. Bon app├ętit"

"I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate"

"I wouldn't keep him around long if I didn't feed him well"

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