It’s hard to underestimate the impact Julia Child has had on American cuisine, from helping home cooks learn French cuisine to being a trailblazer in food television. Now from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, directors of the Oscar-nominated documentary RBG, comes Juliawhich aims to „tell the story of the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even women.” Finally Julia without Julie!
The documentary, which has not yet been released, uses archive footage and interviews with chefs and friends to tell the story of Julia Child. It’s a pretty worn-out story at this point. She joined the OSS during World War II, where she met her husband Paul and helped develop shark repellants. She and Paul moved to Paris, where she tried the only meunière that would cement her love of French food, and enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu. She published together with Simone Beck and Louise Bertholle Master the art of French cuisine 1961 and then starred in PBS ‘ The French chef 1963. From there, she continued to write books, appear on television, and generally influence the tastes of home cooking across the country. The trailer hits all those beats, so hopefully the documentary says more about Child’s life than what her Wikipedia says. But at least it will be another chance to watch her cook.