Wednesday, February 4, 2009

julia child...


An appreciation.

My very first memory of a TV "how to" personality was Julia Child.
I was mesmerized by her.
She was exuberant in the kitchen and never fussy.

My parents cooked for a living and growing up in an all Greek home, being around food and cooking at all times felt comfortable. I was drawn to her cooking but even more so to the way she spoke to her audience and dealt with the process of preparing a meal. It was real and she made you feel like you could do it too.
Her personality and down to earth delivery masked her genius.

Years after my first glimpse of her on TV, I saw her at a book signing in Los Angeles. I watched from afar since it was during "paying my dues" lean days and couldn't afford her book.
She was gracious, charming and just like on TV, made it look easy.

-angelo surmelis


14 comments:

leah said...

julia was just the 'lady with the funky voice that could cook' for so long...but the older i get the more i appreciate her and her ways. what a lady she was. i just read julie and julia the book..even more insight to her. best thing about her: she didnt start cooking until her late 30's right? there's still hope for me.

Raggedy Girl said...

What a nice memory. She would have been the first TV cooking personality I remember. When you spoke of growing up in a Greek family all I could think of was My Big Fat Greek Wedding so now I will have to dig out the DVD and enjoy once again how lamb is not meat and all words started out in Greek. Nice post!
Roberta Anne

Shelia said...

Hi Angelo! Oh, I did love to watch Julia cook! I loved to just listen to her talk also. A few years ago we were in Washington, D.C. and saw a replica of her TV kitchen in the Smithsonian Museum! Love Greek food! Maybe some day you would share a special recipe with us. You know we ones in the Land of Blog just love to eat! lol
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

KYLE said...

I have always appreciated Julia! She will always be awesome.

cityfarmer said...

I have picked up alot of her books at tag sales.

I can still see the little black and white TV I watched her on as my kids played on the floor...I took notes voracioiusly..

pve design said...

loved her copper pots and her signature dishes reign supreme.

Parker said...

I have always been of fan of hers. A total pioneer.

amiable amy said...

I only knew the generation of Wolfgang Puck or Barefoot Contessa but, because of you I get to know her. She is lovable by just looking at the picture. I made a few click in YouTube videos to see her and she is worth the admiration. I enjoyed the videos, thanks to you for this info. She is really one of the pioneer in a Cooking show.

drollgirl said...

she was so great, but seeing her pic makes me think of the fantastic snl skit where dan akryod played julia child.

Laura said...

I love her!

mrsben said...

Not only was she a talented Chef but her wit and humour was divine.

(Also, I am betting there are few Chefs in the world (if any) who have 'OSS Agent' on their resume like she did.) SMILES

(I tried to post this comment earlier today, but the website ..... or..... I had a glitch.....as it wudn't go through.)

TWB said...

Anybody remember "The Galloping Gourmet"?

kiakai / Kelly said...

Do you remember; years ago; Saturday Night Live doing the skit about her? It was so funny. It even included a fish in the blender, and lots of knives. Yikes! :) I always liked her voice.
Kelly

Dawn said...

LOVE HER!

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