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HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY JULIA CHILD!: Excerpt from the brand new biography “Dearie”

Culinary icon Julia Child would have turned 100 today. She is famous for educating and inspiring millions of people with her numerous books and television programs. She will always be remembered for her one-of-a-kind stove-side manner.

A new biography of Julia’s life has just been published. Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite…Bon Appetit!


Boston, Massachusetts — February 1962

“Now, dearie, I will require a hot plate for my appearance on Professor Duhamel’s program.”

Russ Morash, who had answered the telephone in a makeshift office he shared with the volunteers at WGBH-TV, was momentarily startled, not so much by the odd request as by the odder voice. It had a quality he’d never heard before — tortured and asthmatic, with an undulating lyrical register that spanned two octaves. A woman’s voice? Yes, he thought, like a cross between Tallulah Bankhead and a slide whistle.

With brusque Yankee economy, Morash tried to decode the caller’s m.o. “You want — what?”

“A hot plate, dearie, so I can make an omelet.”