Julia Child “has died”:http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/TV/08/13/obit.child/index.html.
I don’t know what to say that others might not say about her personally.
But I can relate one amusing story.
When we were living in Cambridge, Karl Fattig came to visit us; I don’t remember if this was connected with him applying to Bowdoin or if it was after he had moved to Bowdoin and he was just coming down to visit Boston. I actually think it was the latter.
Anyway, we were sitting around eating some truly delicious scones that Karl had brought–this is part of why I think it was after he had settled in Bowdoin, otherwise why would he have brought scones along on an interview–and flipped the TV on and found FoodTV, and there was Julia Child making sausage.
Now you can say what you want about the rest of the process of making sausage, but we all just about died laughing as Julia gave her usual non-stop narration of putting the casing on the end of the sausage extruding tool–one doesn’t even have to see it to realize that this is going to look an awful lot like putting on a condom.
And then Karl started doing an outrageous parallel sort of narration, since he had a real facility for doing her voice, and I swear I couldn’t breathe.
Anne actually met her at a book signing while we were living in Cambridge.
There’s a lot of people who are professional cooks, especially (for better or worse) on TV who credit her with inspiring them.