In honor of Julia Child's 100th birthday in 2012, WGBH surfaced all of the special Julia content you will find here. We kick-off our celebration for our very favorite chef with this remix of some of the best Julia moments.
Pâte A Brioche
For a 6- to 7-cup baking mold, or 8 muffin cups
In the late 1960s, after great success with her cooking show, The French Chef, Julia Child returned to France to work on a second volume of her cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She became concerned with what she saw as the disappearance of hand-crafted foods during that progressive era of mechanization, and in 1970 she made arrangements for WGBH's television crew to visit France and shoot The French Chef on location. She wanted to not only show Americans the origins of her cooking techniques, but to document a vanishing way of life.
David Atwood was director of the WGBH crew who worked with Julia. They made their way from Provence to Normandy, stopping to film the making of pâté pantin with a butcher in Plascassier, to feast on pressed duck in Rouen and suffer the heat along with properly made French bread inside a medieval bakery in Paris. Atwood describes Child as the ringmaster of all the moving parts that went into filming the mini-documentaries and what a joy it was to work with her.
Photos by David Atwood and Paul Child (part of Child's collection at Harvard University, Schlesinger Library).
Film stills: camera, Peter Hoving.
Text from My Life in France, by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme (Knopf, 2006).
Music by Brise Napolitaine (CC)
Interview Audio: Bob Seay/WGBH Radio
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