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Pay tribute to Julia Child

Julia Child helped bring the intricacies of French cuisine to American home cooks through television series and books. She died Friday in her sleep three days before what would have been her 92 birthday.

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How sad it is to hear of Julia's death. She's always been a personal hero of mine and I felt very privileged to have met her twice at some Boston area culinary events.

I just finished reading her biography last week, "Appetite for Life" and remembered thinking, "Boy I have a strange feeling she doesn't have much time left." Kind of creepy that she died only a week later. Since I know from her book that she didn't believe in an afterlife, I'll simply just say "Thank you, Julia."

Lori, Chelmsford

Julia was my mentor ... Bon Apetite!!! I will miss her very much. Joan

Joan , Stoughton

The first thing I remember about Julia is, as a child seeing this funny talking woman open a show with two pieces of French bread. One stiff and one wilting. and from there I was hooked. I own six of her books and have managed to get all of them signed by her. Several years ago, when she turn 85, I decided that every year on the Satruday of her birthday, I would celebrate her birthday with a classic French meal...Usuallly the great Cassoulet she did in her Julia Child Menu Cookbook, which was the comination of "Company & More Company". I was out this morning shopping for the big dinner which I will still be having Saturday, and one of the invitees called to tell me of her passing. I had a chance to meet her several times to get my books signed and she was always gracious and always answered a question about cooking and food that I would have.

I Will continue to celebrate her life on the Saturdays of August 15 because she taught me "The Way To Cook"

Bon Apetite Julia, and Bon Voyage

Ric , Malden

A classy lady who always seemed to have a positive view of life and people. In these troubled times, it's we need more Julias around us! May she rest in peace.

Ken, Newton

When I was living in NY state in the early '70s I look forward to Wednesday nights on NET Ch13 for the French Chef to get me through the week. I didn't care about what she was cooking, her attitude toward life was what was passed on to me.

In the fall of 1973 I moved to Cambridge and much to my delight, while I was in Sage' s grocery store, in walks this large women booming "Where are your red hots!!" - Julia Child. I was awed and did not tell her what Wednesday nights ment to me. Now I say thank you.

Henry , Salem

I love watching episodes of Cooking with Jaques and Julia. He's so appropriate and mild mannered; and she was so full of spunk - always benevolently playing/teasing Jacques and making delicious and exotic food without taking it so seriously. Last year I went to a museum exhibit in Washington DC where they moved her real Cambridge kitchen with her old stove and kitchen utensils, and it felt like home having seen it so many times on TV. They may have a whole network of chefs now, but no one does it with the combination of class and humor like Julia.


I have always enjoyed watching, laughing with, reading anything about Julia Child. What an incredible woman and What A Life!!. She is my inspiration. I loved her passion for life and of cooking...thankfully it has rubbed off on me, and numberous others.

I will truly miss her.

Julia , Leominster, Ma. 01453

I loved watching Julia. She was so at-home with her audience. I watched her every afternoon while being an at-home mom with my first child. My baby daughter would drop all her toys and stare at the TV when the theme music would come on! Perhaps she was her youngest fan.

Linda, Westwood

In the 1970's I was a graduate student living in Cambridge, and I used to see Julia Child frequently in shops. The first time was at Kinko's Copy Center--I was waiting on line to have something photocopied, gazed absent-mindedly at those in the line next to mine, and THERE SHE WAS! I literally dropped everything and ran over, touched her on the sleeve of her black-and-white checked wool coat, and said: "Thank you, Julia--you taught me how to cook!" ("The French Chef" was my bible then.) She was, of course, entirely gracious.

In the years that followed I'd run into her, sometimes with her husband, in Savenor's on Kirkland St (that late great emporium), and the Star Market on Beacon St. in Somerville. Another strong memory is seeing her and Paul pushing a shopping cart down the aisle in that supermarket, talking quietly to themselves. She towered over him, of course. I remember peeking at what was in the cart and being surprised that there was only a plastic bag of celery.

Selma, Richmond, RI

Julia taught me to have fun in the kitchen. As a child I remember tuning in our 13 inch black and white (before cable) television to the only channel with great reception, channel 2 PBS. Every afternoon I would tune in the crazy lady with the high-pitched voice making a mess of her kitchen and laughing outloud about it! She taught me that it is fine to make mistakes in the kitchen, that's how you learn and grow! I am an excellent amature chef because of Julia, my passion for cooking I owe to her.

Big Eddie, Pembroke, MA

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