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American Masters; Julia! America’s Favorite Chef

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American Masters
Julia! America’s Favorite Chef
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WNET production.

Program Description

"My point of view was if I can do it, you can do it — and here's how to do it!" So said Julia Child, who single-handedly changed the way Americans cooked, ate, and thought about food. In January 1963, WGBH began airing The French Chef. Peppering her recipes with humor, Child received rave reviews for her homey style, her no-nonsense attitude, and the theatrics that came naturally to her. Her television series and her best-selling cookbooks revolutionized America's relationship with food. American Masters: Julia! America's Favorite Chef tells two love stories — Julia's love for her husband, Paul Child, and her love for the food to which he introduced her. Beginning with Julia McWilliams's birth in 1912 and her upbringing in Pasadena, Calif., this documentary examines how a woman who had no natural talent for cooking became America's favorite chef. It includes never-before-seen photos, including several from Paul Child's personal archive, granted exclusively to American Masters.Julia Child's place in history was recognized by the Smithsonian Institution, which put her TV kitchen on exhibit in 2002. Every detail was faithfully reassembled — her whisks and molds, knives and bowls, and the wooden table where she planned the first episodes of The French Chef.



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