The legendary Julia Child, Lady of the Kitchen, would have turned 101 today. Julia is the single most important chef that made classic French cooking accessible to home cooks. With her first introduction to cooking at the age of 32, Julia was a bored military wife in Paris that had signed up for a cooking class at Le Cordon Bleu. She continued to become a master of French cuisine, educating the masses with her humor and honesty riddled amongst classic cookbooks and her cooking show, The French Chef, which premiered in 1963. Never endorsing a thing, she floated around the kitchen having a grand ole time making light of Coq au Vin, and therefore empowered home cooks to do the same.
Child once attributed her longevity to “red meat and gin,” and when asked what her favorite wine was, she was quoted as saying: “Gin.” Drink a gin martini, then plan and plate up a three-course meal saluting some of Julia’s original recipes. Start with the Salad Nicoise, master Moules à la Marinière, and finish with Cherry Clafouti. Find all the recipes right here, and also watch clips of Julia to Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”