Happy Birthday Julia Child

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Today would have been Julia Child‘s 100th birthday. Seems hard to believe that little girl from Pasadena California would become perhaps the biggest influence on American cuisine.

Julia was truly an inspiration for wanna-be cooks around the world. If it weren’t for her we may never know how wonderful butter can be!

Julia wasn’t just a famous cookbook writer, she was also a world-renowned television personality. Her cooking shows taught us that we can make mistakes, that cooking was as much about the process and fun as it was about the end result.

Learn how to cook – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun.

Julia Child

Who knows, if it wasn’t for Julia Child, we may also have never have shot the cooking segments we did for this very blog!

If you haven’t seen the film, Julie and Julia, I highly recommend you give it a watch. Meryl Streep does an incredible job of bringing the very essence of this inspirational woman onto the big screen. And why not watch it while eating one of her famous recipes? I found this beautiful “Gateau in a Cage” that features strawberries like you’ve never seen them before!

Julia Child's Gateau in a Cage cake

Julia Child’s Gateau in a Cage created by Tara Noland, author of Noshing With The Noland’s

How often do you make a cake topped with strawberries and then trap the delicious dish inside a cage made of sugar? Hats off to Tara Noland of Noshing with the Nolands for this recipe adaptation and fabulous photos. You can find a collection of other Julia Child recipes curated by Chow right here.