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August 14, 2012
The other day a journalist asked me, “Do you think Julia would like what’s going on in food today?”
It was a question I couldn’t really answer since there’s so much going on in food that Julia, like all of us, would probably like some things and not others. But there’s one thing that’s happening now that I’m sure Julia would love and that’s the TWD group that’s working its way through Baking with Julia! She would adore knowing that so many people are so happy baking at home.
Some time during the summer of 1995, when I was in Cambridge working with Julia on the Baking with Julia TV series, she threw her long arm over my shoulder and said, “We make such a good team because we’re really just a pair of home bakers.”
For all of Julia’s training (and she had excellent training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and then countless ‘lessons’ at the elbows of the world’s best chefs) and for all of her years of serious study and experience, Julia referred to herself as a home cook and a home baker and she did so with pride.
It was a great joy for Julia to cook at home – I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone happier in the kitchen than Julia – but it was an even greater joy for her to know that others were cooking at home. And if people were cooking and baking at home from her recipes and her books, it was just that much jollier.
Julia set herself on a mission to encourage people to cook at home, to take pleasure in what they were doing and to share what they had made.
If Julia could see what the members of TWD bake at home every week she would be filled with joy. I know I am.
Happy Birthday, dear Julia!
PS: I'll be writing about this book more later, but Julia's birthday is the best time to mention Dearie, The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, by Bob Spitz. I missed my subway stop yesterday because of it!
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Im At Home Baking
| August 15, 2012 9:21 AM
Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing. Julia inspires me so very much with my baking! Wish I could got to meet her!!
| August 15, 2012 10:16 AM
Wonderful! I love being a part of this baking/cooking world and part of TWD and part of the Julia Child admirers--and you! ;)
| August 15, 2012 11:10 AM
I'm reading "Dearie" right now too! I haven't missed my train stop because of it (yet) but I'm loving every word of it.
Happy Birthday Julia!
| August 15, 2012 12:02 PM
Completely agree about "Dearie"--I almost didn't buy it because I thought it couldn't contain much new information, Au contraire! It really captures her exuberance in a delightful way.
| August 15, 2012 12:14 PM
And I think that's why Julia is so timeless....she was in her heart someone who loved good food and wanted to share it with her friends and family. That's what is so easy to relate to.
I made a Reine de Saba this morning to enjoy with my husband and great friend for dessert tonight in honor of Julia :-)
| August 15, 2012 12:19 PM
Julia was such an inspiration to me as well...and yes watching her on PBS as a home cook over the years at the end of each show she would go to her perfectly set table table and carefully enjoy every morsel.... Bon Appetit!
replied to comment from Im At Home Baking
| August 15, 2012 12:23 PM
I know this sounds odd, but I think you get to meet Julia every time you make one of her recipes.
replied to comment from Katrina
| August 15, 2012 12:24 PM
Katrina, I'm with you -- the world of baking and cooking is a very, very good world.
replied to comment from Suzy
| August 15, 2012 12:26 PM
Missing a train stop may be a sign of a good book, but it's very, very annoying -- don't do it :)
replied to comment from Casey
| August 15, 2012 12:27 PM
Casey, I love knowing that we're reading the same thing at the same time - xoD
replied to comment from Sue
| August 15, 2012 12:28 PM
Sue, this is so lovely. A Reine de Saba is as timeless as Julia -- perfect choice. Bon appetit!
replied to comment from Lauren Simon
| August 15, 2012 12:29 PM
Lauren, aren't we all lucky that we had Julia?!
| August 15, 2012 12:58 PM
Hi Dorie- I am so excited to come across your website and blog. I love everything about Julia Child. She has done so much for the culinary world. Happy birthday Julia!
| August 15, 2012 12:58 PM
Such a lovely post. There are so many of us inspired by this wonderful woman, and it is so cool to know she thought of herself as a home cook! Thank you for sharing this story. I'll forever remember it.
| August 15, 2012 1:17 PM
I remember watching some of her cooking shows on PBS when I was little but never attempted any of her recipes until this past year. I fell in love so much I joined the TWD group! I just adore her passion and her fearlessless in both the kitchen and in life. Attempting my first chocolate souffle in her honor. :)
| August 15, 2012 5:19 PM
Myhusband e mailed me an Article from a local paper honoring Julia's birthday. He grew up watching her everyday after school. My first thought was to look on your web site because I know the connection. My dad was Don Fitch and he instilled a great love of home cooking which I have been able, along with my husband, to keep the gift going. My three children just gathered together to prepare food and brew beer for my older daughter's wedding. It started with Julia, my Dad and my husband and is a big part of what binds our family together.
| August 15, 2012 5:43 PM
I am so looking forward to reading the new book, "Dearie". I am anxiously awaiting my library notification. Thanks to you and Julia, I am so proud to call myself a home baker. I enjoy the lessons I continue to learn every time I put my apron on. :)
replied to comment from Susan Antonik
| August 15, 2012 8:08 PM
Susan, it's so wonderful to hear from you and to know that your children -- whom I seem to remember as tiny, tiny kids -- are cooking together for your daughter's wedding. I loved your parents and miss them. Michael, Joshua and I talk about them often and always with smiles.
replied to comment from Teri Smyth
| August 15, 2012 9:37 PM
Teri- I agree 100%- Happy Birthday, Julia!
replied to comment from Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)
| August 15, 2012 9:40 PM
Grubarazzi- I am so glad you enjoyed my post. Wishing you continued joy and success in the kitchen!
replied to comment from Melissa
| August 15, 2012 9:41 PM
Melissa- I think fearlessness is the perfect word here. Good luck with your chocolate souffle!
| August 15, 2012 9:41 PM
My hunch is that she would love the world of food blogging, but she'd be less fond of molecular gastronomy.
replied to comment from Pamela
| August 15, 2012 9:42 PM
Pamela- Thank you so much for your sweet comment. Wishing you continued joy in the kitchen!
replied to comment from Anaise Irvine
| August 15, 2012 9:42 PM
Anaise Irvine- Thanks for your comment- I think that is an astute hunch!
Sue in San Francisco
| August 15, 2012 11:29 PM
I just knew that you'd have a nice tribute. She was such a wonderful-seeming person and one of the greatest treasures that have graced the food world. I am pleased to see a lot about her, including many tributes, on the web this week - she should never be forgotten.
| August 16, 2012 5:05 AM
Wonderful woman! She left after itself good memories and good deeds. Happy Birthday Julia!
replied to comment from Sue in San Francisco
| August 16, 2012 7:23 AM
Merci, Sue. I think as long as we keep baking and cooking at home, Julia will not be forgotten.
replied to comment from Mary
| August 16, 2012 7:24 AM
Mary, I think you just developed a good recipe for living: Good deeds leave good memories.
| August 16, 2012 8:16 AM
Hi Dorie - yesterday evening I saw a window of a local french bakery/restaurant painted in honour of Julia Child - wonderful! Bob Spitz is coming to Darien Library on September 10 to talk about "Dearie" and Barrett Bookstore will be there to sell books. We are thrilled!
replied to comment from Rosanna
| August 16, 2012 8:30 AM
Rosanna, I bet the window was terrific! It's so great that so many people who were touched by Julia are celebrating her birthday in so many lovely ways. I'm sure the Dearie event will be great - you and Barrett Bookstore always do it right!
| August 16, 2012 8:55 AM
Thanks for the wonderful tribute to Julia and to our baking group. I'm proud to be a part of it and even prouder to call myself a home cook!
| August 16, 2012 11:42 AM
Hi Dorie, Such a lovely tribute to the lovely Julia! It must have been such fun working with someone who had such passion, but was not pompous about her talent! I so enjoy cooking through your book with French Fridays and now with TWD and Juliaâ€™s book! I love being a home cook!!
replied to comment from Sharon
| August 16, 2012 8:12 PM
Sharon- Thanks so much for your sweet comment. Your blog is beautiful and I am so happy you are enjoying BwJ!
replied to comment from Kathy
| August 16, 2012 8:13 PM
Kathy- Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I am so glad you have enjoyed FFWD and now Julia's book too!
| August 16, 2012 8:56 PM
I loved, loved, loved watching Julia's show as a child. I continued to watch her as I grew up. I now consider her a role model, though I am a public school teacher and not a professional chef. I take my work seriously, but not myself. It's so important to learn to have a good time while working hard and with true purpose. I try to pass that along to my kids, and I believe it makes them more secure in taking risks, which allows them to learn more. I may have been mistaken by what I saw when I saw her or read about her, but she did truly inform how I approach my life.
Catherine Daugherty @ www.praycookblog.com
| August 16, 2012 9:30 PM
I am new to the TWD group. I am thrilled each and every time I open up my beautiful Baking With Julia cookbook. I have learned so much already and I thank you each and every time I serve a beautiful new dish to my family.
Bless you Dorie and thank you.
| August 16, 2012 10:39 PM
Julia was and continues to be an inspiration. She had the vision and tenacity to create a legacy of cooking which will always be remembered. Her ambition and good humor are so motivational to me. Truly, I think she lives forever.
| August 19, 2012 6:13 AM
Dear Dorie, I appreciated all the various tributes to Julia Child that were posted around the globe and since Julia used to live for two years in "this small town in Germany" that is my hometown, I went to look for her former apartment, found it, baked her a cake...and posted about it. Maybe you can stand another "tribute", this time from a German perspective.
I also wanted to thank you very much for you lovely comment that you left for the TwD group and here on your blog. I joined the FFwD group a couple of months ago and then also the TwD group as well. It is great fun to be able to participate.
Greetings from Bonn,
replied to comment from Sarah Williams
| August 19, 2012 8:14 PM
Sarah- Thank you so much for your lovely comment. It sounds like your students are so lucky to have you in their classroom and in their lives.
replied to comment from Catherine Daugherty @ www.praycookblog.com
| August 19, 2012 8:16 PM
Catherine- Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I checked out your blog post- what a lovely tribute to a lovely woman.
replied to comment from Andrea
| August 19, 2012 8:19 PM
Andrea- Thank you so much for sharing that link with me. I enjoyed reading your post about Julia Child's birthday. I am not sure what I enjoyed more- seeing the gorgeous cake you made her or the photo of your two adorable daughters in front of the apartment building!
replied to comment from Sharron
| August 19, 2012 8:20 PM
Sharron- Well put! Thanks for your comment.
| August 21, 2012 11:55 AM
I can't wait to go pick up "Dearie"...thank you for the recommendation! xv
replied to comment from vicki archer
| August 21, 2012 7:51 PM
Vicki- I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
| August 24, 2012 6:02 AM
Baking, like Julia, has been a source of comfort to me throughout so many difficult transitions. I love the idea of getting to know her through her recipes. And I can't wait to learn even more about her through Dearie, which sounds like a remarkable book!
| August 24, 2012 5:01 PM
I am not sure where else to ask this question so I thought I would try here though it is not directly related to this post (which I thoroughly enjoyed reading).
I love your onion soup recipe in Around My French Table. Is it a recipe I can make and then freeze for later in the month?
Thanks so much.
replied to comment from sarah williams
| August 24, 2012 9:32 PM
You can make the onion soup and freeze it right before the point where you add the bread and cheese. I am so glad you enjoy this recipe!
replied to comment from Ann Mah
| August 24, 2012 9:34 PM
Ann Mah- Thank you so much for your comment. I am glad you are enjoyed Baking and like reading Dearie as well.
| August 25, 2012 7:35 AM
It's funny, but just this past week I had several folks over for dinner, and the topic of Julia Child came up. One friend asked "Can you name ANYone else who's just so LIKED in America?". And,yes, she used the present tense.
It was quite an interesting discussion/parlor game, as we all nominated various folks and then dismissed them as being too arcane, simply a "star", a politician, etcetera. We decided that Will Rogers was perhaps the last example of a celebrity whose name was known in so many household and whom folks simply and so uniformly LIKED.
I expect that you don't need me to tell you how lucky you were to have been friends with Child. My impression is that millions of American wish they could have been the same.
Perhaps you know thatPatricia Wells bought (and still owns) Julia Child's stove. Wells claims that the experience was like buying Freud's couch....which I think is an extremely funny (and no doubt true) line.
replied to comment from david terry
| August 25, 2012 7:45 AM
David, I always love hearing from you - thank you for writing. And thank you for talking about your dinner table 'parlor' game. I've got a lot to bake today and I'll be thinking about a most and uniformly LIKED person while I do. Interesting that you came up with Will Rogers -- a very good choice -- and sad that you had to go back so far in time. I was so, so lucky to know and work and play and eat -- lots -- with Julia and, you're right: she was beloved. And for all the right reasons: she was kind and generous and warm and funny and smart and talented and endlessly, deeply and genuinely interested in other people. And yes, I know that Patricia Wells has Julia's beautiful old stove and I love the line that it's like having Freud's couch. Perfect!
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