August 15 – TV chef and author Julia Child

Julia Child’s Kitchen by Matthew G. Bisanz

Julia Child was born on August 15, 1912, in Pasadena, California and died two days before her 92nd birthday in August 2004 of kidney failure at her home in Montecito.

Five years after her death, Julia Child was the inspiration behind the film Julie & Julia, based on a cooking blog by Julia Powell.

 The 2009 film directed by Nora Ephron, starred Amy Adams as Julie Powell and Meryl Streep as Julia Child in the title. Meryl Streep won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, and received an Academy Award nomination, for her performance.

Julia Child’s cooking career

Moving to France in 1948, Julia Child became interested in French cuisine. Wanting to adapt sophisticated French cuisine for mainstream Americans she collaborated on writing the groundbreaking Mastering the Art of French Cooking, published in September 1961. The groundbreaking book remained the bestselling  cookbook for five straight years after publication and has since  become a standard guide for the culinary community.

In 1962, The French Chef TV series premiered on WGBH, establishing Julia as a local celebrity. It was soon syndicated to 96 stations throughout America. Julia  made regular appearances on the ABC morning show Good Morning, America throughout the 1970s and 1980s, becoming a television icon.
She became the first woman inducted into the Culinary Institute Hall of Fame in 1993 and in 2000,  received France’s highest honor: the Legion d’Honneur. In August 2002, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History unveiled an exhibit featuring the kitchen where she filmed three of her popular cooking shows.

Cooking up a mystery! –

Too Many Cooks Murder Mystery Game by Sheelagh Hudleston

Emotions are boiling over at the fictitious British Good Food Awards. This is the setting for a murder mystery where Too Many Cooks spoil more than the broth.

This 8 Player game opens at the highlight of the culinary year, the annual British Good Food Awards dinner. But before the prizes can be awarded, Veronica Hacker, the investigative journalist, is found dead in her suite. Was she the victim of revenge, or another dish best served cold…….

Too Many Cooks – Murder Mystery Game. Available from ITM Games

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