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Documentary Review | Julia Child! America’s Favorite Chef

Julia Child! America’s Favorite Chef (PN 1995.96 .F65 J84 2004) tells the charming story of legendary Julia Child’s beginnings and unexpected rise to fame. Julia went from a housewife who could barely boil an egg to a television star who taught all of America the art of French cooking. Julia spent the beginning part of her life without much of a purpose, until she tried a delicious and inspiring French dish and decided she wanted to learn to cook. After that, she decided she wanted to help America learn to cook as well.

The most interesting part about Julia Child’s career was that her cooking television show grew popular during the second wave of feminism, when women were empowering themselves and tended not to want to stay home and cook. Yet Julia showed that you can empower yourself and be proud of your cooking talents. It was super cool to learn about Julia Child’s life outside of the kitchen, and I would recommend this movie to anyone who loves food and sweet old ladies.

Written by: Michelle Greenwood

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