Julia Child 100

The French Chef: Apple Tart

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Baking Tip: Proper Pastry

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Julia Child talks about how to make your pastry dough perfect. (WGBH)

Recipe: Gâteau De Crêpes A La Normande

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Gâteau De Crêpes A La Normande
(Flaming Mound of Crêpes with Baked Apple Slices and Macaroons)

4 to 5 cups sliced apples (about 2 lbs.)
A large heavy-bottomed baking pan
1/3 cup granulated sugar
4 Tb melted butter
12 cooked crêpes, 5 to 6 inches in diameter
A lightly buttered baking-serving dish
6 to 8 stale macaroons, crumbles
More melted butter and sugar and cognac
Spread apples in the baking pan, sprinkle with sugar and melted butter, and set in middle level of a preheated 350-degree oven for about 15 minutes or until apple slices are tender. Center a crêpe in the buttered baking-and-serving dish, spread with a layer of apple slices, sprinkle with macaroons, and with a few drops of butter and cognac if you wish. Lay a crêpe on top, cover with apples, and continue thus, ending with a crêpe. Sprinkle with melted butter and sugar. About 30 minutes before serving, bake in middle level of a preheated 375-degree oven until bubbling hot. Serve as is, or flame.

For 12 crêpes serving 6 to 8 people

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In 1961, as a recent graduate of the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris, Julia Child co-authored the book Mastering the Art of French Cooking and launched her career of educating Americans in delicious ways with food. In 1963 she began her own cooking show The French Chef, produced at WGBH. This recipe was published in The French Chef Cookbook*.

See these new episodes online from the first year of The French Chef, 1963: French Onion Soup, Quiche Lorraine and French Apple Tarts.

*THE FRENCH CHEF COOKBOOK by Julia Child, copyright © 1968 by Julia Child. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. For online information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet Web Site at www.randomhouse.com.

How to Choose the Best Lobster

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Julia Child selects the best lobster while on location in France. (WGBH)

Chef Jacky Robert, owner of the Petit Robert Bistros in Boston and a recent guest on Boston Public Radio, took the time to watch some footage from the WGBH Archives, shot during production of The French Chef on location in France in the 1970s. In this video, Chef Robert helps explain why Julia selects and rejects a sample of lobsters from a French market. 

Recipe: Homard Gratiné au Fromage

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Homard Gratiné au Fromage
(Lobster Steamed in Wine and Gratinéed with Cheese)

Here is a delicious way to serve stuffed broiled lobsters. It is particularly recommended for the cook who wants a splendid main course that can be assembled at leisure. This is a much simpler recipe than lobster Thermidor, and every bit as good. The lobsters are steamed in wine and herbs, then this liquid is used to make the light cheese sauce, which bubbles around the lobster meat as it heats in the oven.

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Congratulations to Our Third Caption Contest Winner

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Julia with lobster
What a bea-u-tiful crustacean! Just waiting to accompany us at the dinner table!

Last week we invited you to send us your captions for an image of Julia Child taken from an on-location shoot in France for The French Chef. We received dozens of fantastic submissions. Thank you for yours!

All of our caption contest participants will be entered into a random drawing to win a pair of tickets to the Artisan Taste at the WGBH Food & Wine Festival on Sept. 15. But you don't need to submit a caption to be entered to win. Click here to register — all names will be included in the drawing.

Cogratulations to Marianne S. for this week's winning caption.

About Julia Child 100

Cooking legend Julia Child introduced French cuisine to American cooks in 1963 with WGBH’s pioneering television series, The French Chef. She was passionate about food and she changed the way Americans cook and eat. Find new pieces about Julia here every day — from tributes to early programs to cooking tips and recipes. As Julia herself said, "Bon appétit!"

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