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  •  I met Julia Child once when I was a kid. (2+ / 0-)
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    She used to frequent the Cheese Shop in Concord, MA, where I later worked, when I was a kid and my grandmother and I used to go in there nearly every Saturday. I couldn't have been more than 8 years old.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 09:46:02 PM PST

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    •  I would have loved to meet her (2+ / 0-)
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      by lotac on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 09:47:33 PM PST

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      •  Until she retired to California and her Cambridge, (2+ / 0-)
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        MA kitchen ended up, I think, at the Smithsonian, she was listed in the telephone book. People used to call her, and if she were at home, she would always take the calls. It's true: Julia Child's number was always listed in the phone book.

        Which I find interesting, because she was an intelligence officer before she was a chef.

        Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

        by commonmass on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 09:50:46 PM PST

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        •  I hope to visit that kitchen some day (2+ / 0-)
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          I have read quite a bit about her, including her wartime job. And the painstaking process of moving and cataloging that kitchen and its contents from the house, to the Smithsonian.

          However, Julia always refused the title of chef. She claimed to be a home cook, and a teacher/writer.

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          by lotac on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 09:54:50 PM PST

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          •  Hence the fact that many people actually (2+ / 0-)
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            called her up at home and asked questions, and she always answered her phone.

            She was a very tall woman, as I remember, about six feet or more, with what we would call a "trans-Atlantic accent" (think FDR) but always gracious. She patted me on my head.

            When, many years later, I had re-located back to the place of my birth and went to work at that cheese shop part-time, the former owner (who was then running the wine shop and a door down a gourmet ecoutrement shop from which Julia had been able to find most of her French equipment to make her show) told the man he showed it to "Hire this man. Julia Child patted him on the head".

            Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

            by commonmass on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 10:00:05 PM PST

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