Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Happy Birthday Julia Child! If You Were Alive, You'd Be 100!
Julia Child had a kind of magic, which anyone who has met her knows. In college, I met lots of people who had worked on her TV show after they returned to California. It was quite the pedigree for anyone living in Napa, my favorite cheap trip with all the free wine disguised as "tastings" and friends from South Lake Tahoe High School to stay with. (These days it's a delightful surprise to find a tasting room that doesn't charge a fortune for wine you might not like. I'd rather spend my $10 on a movie and small popcorn.) But my point, and I do have one, is that when I eventually met Julia Child at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle, I could see what they meant. She was so quick and interesting. We spoke about Salsify, a favorite of my Grandmother (which she pronounced Salsifee, with that lilt at the end that was typical of her) (her, being Julia Child, not Grandmother) also called the Oyster Plant, which I tried to grow (unsuccessfully). She wasn't worried about getting things to grow, she was just interested in cooking them. And if I ever get my hands on some Salsify, I know how Julia Child would prepare it. (Spoiler alert: It involves Butter!)