Julia Child

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She Discovered Anne Frank Diary in Pile of Rejected Books

Judith Jones was a consummate literary editor

(Newser) - You may not know her name, but you know plenty of names because of her. Judith Jones, a consummate literary editor who helped revolutionize American cuisine by publishing Julia Child, has died at age 93. Jones, who spent more than 50 years at Alfred A. Knopf before retiring in 2011,... More »

You Can Now Cook in Julia Child's Kitchen

But it'll cost about $3K

(Newser) - If you inhale deeply enough, perhaps you'll still smell her beef bourguignon. The French cottage that Julia Child built with funds from the second volume of Mastering the Art of French Cooking is up for rent on Airbnb in what Bloomberg calls "one of the company's most... More »

Julia Child's Heirs Battle Oven Maker

Angered by use of Child in Thermador ads

(Newser) - Julia Child was many things—celebrated chef, author, TV star—but there was one thing she certainly wasn't: a shill. "It was sort of a life philosophy that she had," explains her great-nephew, which is why Child never pushed a certain roast pan, a brand of olive... More »

PBS Icons Live On Thanks to ... Autotune

Weird music videos go viral

(Newser) - PBS is out to prove it's still hip, by making dead people sing. The beloved network has rolled out three YouTube videos that it's hoping will go viral and re-kindle America's love-affair with public broadcasting. Each features clips of a beloved PBS icon (Julia Child, Bob Ross,... More »

Happy Birthday, Julia: You Changed Our World

Julia Child would have been 100 tomorrow

(Newser) - Julia Child would have turned 100 tomorrow, and New York Times food writer Julia Moskin pays her respects. "It was Child—not single-handedly, but close—who started the public conversation about cooking in America that has shaped our cuisine and culture ever since," she writes. When Child's... More »

Unexpected People With Roses Named After Them

Dolly Parton, say hello to George Burns and Abe Lincoln

(Newser) - Valentine's Day makes people think of roses. And when you think of roses, you think of ... George Burns, naturally. Maybe not, but the late comedian does have a variety of rose named after him. Mental Floss tracks down nine—actually, eight—more celebrities who've lent their names to the flower:... More »

Gone With Gourmet: a Taste for Expertise

There is no 'hard-won blood-on-the-floor kind' of editorial experience on the Web

(Newser) - When Gourmet magazine absorbed his Cook’s in 1990, Christopher Kimball discovered the hard way that the publishing business is “a top-down, winner-take-all proposition, an oligarchy of sorts.” But the frazzling encounter also afforded him a meeting with Conde Nast chairman Si Newshouse, who “poured his fortune... More »

Now In Child's Old Kitchen, No Meat—or Butter!

Vegetarian occupants hope chef 'is not rolling over in her grave'

(Newser) - The sacrilege! Not only has the kitchen in Julia Child’s former Cambridge home—familiar to millions of devotees of her show—been renovated to within an inch of its life, the Boston Globe reports, its new owners have hung a picture of a cow with the caption: “Nobody... More »

48 Years Later, Julia Child Tops Bestseller List

(Newser) - Nearly half a century after it was published, Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking is entering the New York Times bestseller list—at No. 1. The film Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep as the famous chef, has electrified sales of the cookbook despite its antiquated recipes... More »

Julie & Julia Tasty Despite One Cook Too Many

(Newser) - Dual biopic Julie & Julia would have been a lot better if it had focused solely on Julia Child, say critics, but Meryl Streep's performance as the famous chef more than compensates for the second, weaker storyline about a blogger who tackles Child's recipes.
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Pollan: We Love Cooking Shows, But Not Cooking

Americans would rather watch food shows than make food

(Newser) - When Julia Child came on the scene, she changed the way America cooked. Child inspired women everywhere to try their hands at French cuisine. Today, we have loads more food shows, yet the average American spends just 27 minutes a day making food. “How is it,” asks food... More »

Julia Child Dished Up Secrets in WWII

Chef one of several famous Americans revealed as spies

(Newser) - Legendary chef Julia Child, Hollywood star Sterling Hayden, White Sox catcher Moe Berg and historian Arthur Schlesinger were all spies for the US, according to newly declassified documents. Untold stories and clandestine heroics of World War II will come to light today as authorities release 750,000 pages of files... More »

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