“Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” – Julia Child

Julia Child, a culinary idol and herald of French cooking, would have turned 100 years old today.

Chefs and others in Cambridge, MA, where Julia lived late in her life and where she filmed her PBS show, are celebrating her life. Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute is hosting a symposium celebrating Julia Child’s life next month, on September 21, exploring three phases of her life: in Paris, Cambridge, and on national television as the exuberant cook we all know and love. If you are unable to attend the symposium, the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe is also home to an extensive collection of Julia’s papers (letters, notes, recipes), which can be visited any time.  Upstairs on the Square, one of my favorite restaurants, is dedicating their Restaurant Week menus to her and several other local restaurants are hosting special events.

Julia led a very interesting, and fulfilling life. Learn more in this lovely New York Times article, read friend Jacques Pépin’s tribute to her, read My Life in France (Julia’s autobiography), visit her original Cambridge kitchen at the Smithsonian, watch her memorable TV moments or this awesome remix, and be sure to check out today’s Google doodle. Cook a recipe from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, watch Julie & Julia (much better than the book), check your local PBS schedule for episodes of The French Chef, search for #CookForJulia on Twitter, or look for her in Washington, DC’s Spy Museum. Also read her forthcoming biography by Bob Spitz called, “Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child.”

Bon appétit!