Trailer Released for New Film about Julia Child

Legendary: Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon

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Legendary: Julia Child's Boeuf Bourgignon

Legendary: Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon

© AJSTUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY / Shutterstock.com

"She changed America", says the recently-released trailer for Julia. We are referring, of course, to the US TV icon, cook and author Julia Child, who is now being given another cinematic memorial in a new documentary.

Haute cuisine for a fast-food nation

The film traces Child's unprecedented career, which spanned four decades and culminated in the publication of her first cookbook in 1961, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date), and her TV series The French Chef (from 1963). Child, who studied at the legendary Parisian cooking school Le Cordon Bleu, received an Emmy Award for the latter in 1966.

Celebrity chefs are now a dime a dozen but when Julia Child gained a foothold in the business it was the exception and she become one of the first TV cooking personalities. However, she herself always saw herself as a cook and teacher and delighted her growing TV audience not only with her perfect craftsmanship but also with her engaging personality.

Culinary heritage

In collaboration with Child's family, friends and the Julia Child Foundation, the film's two directors, Julie Cohen and Betsy West, take a journey into the past. Using never-seen-before footage and original recordings, as well as interviews with well-known contemporary cooks, they commemorate the legacy of this extraordinary woman. "Julia tells the story of the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women," Sony Pictures Classics, which produced the documentary in partnership with CNN Films, says in its synopsis.
 
The theatrical release for Julia has not yet been set, but the trailer gives a first taste of the film in time for her 109th birthday - which Child would have celebrated on 15 August. With this in mind, or as Julia would say: "Bon Appetit!"

Recipe tip: Bœuf Bourguignon
 

Julia Child – Best Quotes

  • I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.
  • The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.
  • How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?
  • People who love to eat are always the best people.
  • In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport
  • I believe in red meat. I've often said: red meat and gin.
  • A party without cake is just a meeting.