Written By Ishaan Sarkar
There are uncountable women who have empowered this world, with the likes of JK Rowling, Jane Austen, Grace Hopper, and so many more, so I feel it is okay if you are puzzled why I chose Julia Child. I did so because I have had a strong bond with food and cooking since I was small, for it is an important part of West Bengal’s culture.
Julia Child was born in California in 1912 to John McWilliams Jr. and Julia Carolyn Weston. She was an American chef, though she had wanted to be a writer at first. She found her love for food when she started eating Chinese food regularly. I also connect to this because I grew up eating all different kinds of food but found my love for it when I tried Chinese and European food, because of their equally beautiful and bold taste
palates. She started cooking professionally when she joined the renowned culinary school ‘Le Cordon Bleu’ and discovered the simple yet delicious French cuisine. And I must agree because there is nothing like biting into a flaky croissant or a pain au chocolat first thing in the morning. She is credited to have inspired millions of Americans to explore the fantastic world of food where ‘bacon and eggs’ or ‘mac ‘n cheese’ is a mere dot in it. She also introduced the idea of fresh ingredients to Americans, who only knew about convenience food, fast-food restaurants, and canned food. And not to forget, her amazing cookbooks are too hard to miss. My favorite one was ‘The Art of French Cooking’, one of the most popular ones. My favorite thing about her is that she never cared about what other people had to say. She just kept cooking to her heart’s content. Not only does this inspire millions of people around the world, but it also shows her capability and headstrong attitude.
She had gone through lots of struggles like when she was rejected from the Army and the Navy for being unusually tall, but in the end, she stuck to her one and only love: cooking her soul food.
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