Julia Child was born in Pasadena, California. She was graduated from Smith College and worked for the OSS during World War II in Ceylon and China, where she met Paul Child. After they married they lived in Paris, where she studied at the Cordon Bleu and taught cooking with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, with whom she wrote the first volume of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING (1961). In 1963, Boston's WGBH launched "The French Chef" television series, which made her a national celebrity, earning her the Peabody Award in 1965 and an Emmy in 1966. Several public television shows and numerous cookbooks followed. She died in 2004.
Julia Child single handedly awakened America to the pleasures of good cooking with her cookbook MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING and her television show "The French Chef," but as she reveals in this bestselling memoir, she didn't know the first thing about cooking when she landed in France.