How Julia Child Changed My Life
I didn't just jump from my Easy Bake Oven into professional baking. Along the way came my career in public relations, specifically as a publicist for the
Chicago PBS TV station which
was at that time proudly pumping out Julia Child's
The French Chef, a groundbreaking TV show bringing French cuisine to the
TV-Dinner-Minded American audience.
I fell in love with Julia and
all things French,
subcribed to Gourmet Magazine and proceeded tobalance my public relations job with my intoxication with Cuisine,
my vicarious travels to France and
my home test kitchen.
Imagine my trepidation when I found myself in charge of a press party heralding the new season of The French Chef with Julia and her husband Paul in attendance.
Julia broke the ice and popped open a bottle of wine to "get the party rolling." Immediately I felt comfortable with this icon of the culinary arts and a spell was cast that took me from the world of promotion to the world of production.
After several fact-finding missions to The Continent I returned to the States and launched my culinary business
zeroing in on my early passion for pastry.
I met up with Julia Child again when
I was enrolled into Les Dames D'Escoffier, a women's culinary society that
was founded by Julia and other luminaries of the food and wine industries
With her imposing stature, and her curly red hair she became my second
Aunt Julia ,owing to her warmth and generosity and strong resemblance to my own Aunt Julia, my grandmother's relative who showed me how to make
the perfect loaf of bread.
My Grandmother (Center) and her kin (Aunt Julia on the left)
manning the Salad Station at one of Chicago's private clubs.