April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine
Julia Child would have turned 100 years old today, and while it may seem appropriate to celebrate her birthday with a decadent dessert, it would be even more fitting to whip up something fresh and delicious from the garden!
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The name Julia Child is often synonymous with butter, cream and animal fat -- not to mention delicacies like crepes suzette and ile flottante (a "floating island" concoction of meringue and custard), but when her seminal cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, came out in 1961, TV dinners and convenience foods had become a big part of American culture. With her book and ensuing cooking show, Child encouraged people to get back into the kitchen, placing an emphasis on using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.
"Cooking is not a chore it is a joy. Dining is not a fuel stop, it is recreation," she once said.
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