Happy Birthday Julia Child!

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Julia Child was born on this day in 1912. Thank you, Julia, for reminding the “servantless American cook” that cooking can be easy and pleasurable and rescuing them from mid-century gastronomic inventions like the TV dinner. (Though, I’m sorry, I just can’t get on board with aspics.)

Without you, we would not have the numerous food television options we have today. When you started work on The French Chef in 1963, did you imagine eventually there would be entire networks devoted to food and cooking?

To celebrate Julia’s birthday, why not whip up the first recipe she made from Mastering the Art of French Cooking on The French Chef, Boeuf Bourguignon and invite a few friends over? Sure it’s a painstaking process, but you’ve got the whole weekend to get “one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by man” right. What else to you have to do? Bon appetit!

Have you made boeuf bourguignon? Is it worth the effort?