This picture hangs in Le Cordon Bleu School in Paris.
On this day, 15th August 1912, exactly 100 years ago in Pasadena, California, Julia Carolyn McWilliams was born to parents John McWilliams and his wife Julia nee Weston. On 1st September 1946, Lumberville, Pennsylvania, she married Paul Cushing Child.
Enter Mrs Julia Child.
I really don’t think I need to go into any details about her as I am sure just about every food blog will have something to say about her personality, life, TV shows books and recipes etc, so I thought I might have a look at how things have changed in the last 100 years.
Cooking with Master Chefs by Julia Child
I found a couple of different sites with recipes or books for sale, but for those of you that love a freebie, I found a cookbook entitled ‘Home Cookery and Comforts’ printed in July 1912 No. 227 volume XVII. They were published on the first of every Month but I couldn’t seem to find the one printed in August 1912.
Cover of the 1912 cookbook.
Please note it is a rather large file of around 58.8MB and contains 34 pages scanned in high quality, but if you want a copy you can click on the link here… http://recipespastandpresent.org.uk/pdf/1912cookery.pdf
It is a quaint little book that contains chapters on Upper and Lower Male and Female Servants. How to answer the door. How to hire and fire (I mean dismiss). How to lay the table and make the bed, etc.
Cover of Mastering the art of French cooking by Julia Child
hanging in stairwell at Le Cordon Bleu.
There basically are no pictures of food; just drawings of ladies with hands, whisks or spoons in a pot or mixing bowl and two page instructions on how to make an apron. There is a fascinating advertisement for a preparation called Antipon, which was hailed as a ‘permanent cure for obesity”. This statement was first claimed in 1907.
Antipon was made up of citric acid, red food colouring, water and alcohol and it sold for more than 20 times the cost of the ingredients……funny how ‘quick fix diets’ and claims made by companies haven’t changed in 100 years!!!
So today I am going to sit back, read everybody else’s blogs on Julia Child, watch the movie Julie and Julia, wear a set of pearls and forget the diet for one day, because according to Julia…
”The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook”
COMMENTS FROM OLD BLOG:
LORRAINE @ NOT QUITE NIGELLA. 11.10.2012
Julia had some absolutely brilliant quotes didn’t she? 😀
Hey Corrie, I like the new site. Looking forward to seeing you at end of the month on Wed. I am in Hong Kong, came for special convention and now just visiting.