Julia Child with French Onion Soup, as seen on The French Chef, 1963. (WGBH)
(Leek or Onion and Potato Soup)
In this busy, can-opener world, a homemade soup often seems like a new taste sensation. The old French standby, leek and potato soup, tastes so good you cannot believe it is nothing but vegetables, water and salt simmered together. It is also versatile: add watercress and you have a potage au cresson, or chill it, lace it with cream and you have vichyssoise. Another delicious soup is cream of watercress with its final enrichment of egg yolks. Hot or cold, most French soups are very easy, and can be made ready hours before serving time.
Last week we invited you to send us your captions for an image of Julia Child taken from the set of Monseiur Deblieux's pâttisserie while on location in Provence, France. We received dozens of fantastic submissions. Thank you for yours!
Listen to Mike Birbiglia answer questions about The French Chef.
Did you catch Peter Sagal grilling stand up comedian Mike Birbiglia this weekend on Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me? He had to answer some pretty random questions about Julia Child's cooking show, The French Chef. Give a listen and learn something about the show you might not have already known.
Jacky Robert, Chef at Petit Robert Bistro, visits the WGBH Studio to share some recipes inspired by Julia Child. (Abbie Ruzicka/WGBH) Inset: A photo Jacky keeps of himself with Julia Child and Jacques Pepin.
Hear Callie Crossley interview Chef Jacky and the first director of The French Chef, Rush Morash, on her 100th birthday.
Jacky Robert first met Julia Child in 1973. He had recently moved to Boston from France with his uncle and opened a restaurant. One night, Julia visited their dining room. Robert was so happy that she spoke French.
"She was a delight. I fell in love with her," Robert said. He added that her favorite dishes from his restaurant were the Dover Sole, the Rack of Lamb and she especially loved his apple tart. But more than anything, Julia loved butter. "She felt like there was no cooking without butter," he said.
Chef Jacky honored Julia's 100th birthday at Petit Robert with a tribute, coooking demonstration and dishes inspired by her.
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!"