This was Google’s masthead this morning, in honor of Julia Child’s 100th birthday.
Imagine, if you can, a world in which Julia never went to France with her husband Paul (who was stationed there with the State Department after the war), or took a cooking class at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, or wrote a cookbook that introduced Americans to French cooking. We would probably still be eating like this:
There are several things about this ad that take me back to the early 1960’s. First, the reference to Lent in the upper-left hand corner. We were Catholic and my mom was always looking for festive meatless entrees. (Her specialty was tuna noodle casserole, made with Campbell’s Cream of Celery soup and served in a ring mold with peas in the center hole. That was a Friday company dinner!)
And what about that mac and cheese presentation on the right, the perfect “no-fuss hot weather menu,” complete with mini-frankfurters and ketchup and what looks like canned green beans and canned fruit.
Boy, have things changed, and Julia was responsible for most of those changes. The moment she stepped into that makeshift public television studio in Boston in 1962 and made an omelet on a hot plate, there was a seismic shift in the direction of American cooking.
She singlehandedly saved us from having frankfurter casserole as our national dish!
Thank you, Julia, for taking us into your kitchen for so many years via television (her kitchen was disassembled and rebuilt in the Smithsonian) and sharing your infectious love of good food and cooking.
You were a true American trail-blazer. Wherever you are, “Bon Appetit!”