Growing up, Julia Child was a fixture in our kitchen, with her batter-spattered pages and a binding so worn it mimicked an accordion. She brought French cuisine to America, but – more importantly – crepes and cakes to me.
And now she’s enjoying a revival in sales with the release of the film Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Her first book Mastering the Art of French Cooking shot to No. 1 on Amazon.com’s most-popular list this past weekend, and bookstores nationwide are seeing a surge in sales of Mastering, Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom and My Life in France, Child’s memoir which played a part in the movie.
While Child died nearly five years ago, it’s nice to know her legacy is still piping hot.
*Julia Child's first cookbook was reportedly the 1943 edition of The Joy of Cooking.