‘Julia’ changed the way America, and possibly the world, looked at food, especially French cuisine

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“I started cooking when I was 32 years old; until then I was just eating.’
– Julia Child

Julia Child Julia McWilliams was born on August 15, 1912 in Pasadena, California. The eldest of three children, at 6 feet 2 inches, Julia was not the tallest of her siblings.

So how could she be different?

First of all, he could talk and act, cook and sell products, gift of gab.

She was known as “Jookies” in 1946 when she married Paul Child, becoming Julia Child. And he died just two days after his 92nd birthday, but not before changing the way America, and possibly the world, looked at food, especially French cuisine.

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In what some critics are calling the best documentary of 2021, directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West team up with smart women to tell the story of Julia, who fell like a meteor from the sky and into women’s kitchens. Packaged, plastic-covered “TV breakfasts” were all the rage.

His book “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” was published in 1961. The beloved cookbook has sold 1.5 million copies since its publication. But at first it did not light up the sky. By 1964, it had sold only 4,000 copies. And by 1969, 600 thousand people.

It was Julia herself that people accepted her. He was the first celebrity chef on television, with his show The French Chef and his larger-than-life persona in hour after hour of comedy.

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It helped that after tasting her omelet on camera, Johnny Carson planted a kiss on her cheek and said, “I think I love you,” and put her on the bullet train for fame.

Cohen and West fill 95 minutes with details about this lovable high school girl with crazy hair and an infectious laugh.

Like a good witch, she dives into mouthwatering cauldrons and sizzling sauces to cast her spell. But there are many more.

You’ll see photos, personal letters, diary entries and insights into her marriage to her husband, OSS agent Paul Child, who devoted her life to her, even writing her cooking index cards for cooking shows.

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A poignant note is included near the end, when, after her breast cancer scare caused by a radical mastectomy in 1968, Julia cries to her husband, “How do you love me now?”

“It’s not your breasts I’m in love with,” he says, “It’s your beautiful legs I’m in love with.”

“Julia” opens Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, at Railroad Square Cinemas in Waterville.

JP Devine of Waterville is a former stage and screen actor.

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