Side Orders: Amateur cooks have a friend in Julia Child

In this Oct. 11, 2001, file photo, famous chef, cookbook author and television show host Julia Child, shares a laugh with students from her alma mater, Smith College in Northampton, Mass. (AP Photo/Nancy Palmieri, File)
photo Anne Braly

I made yet another trip to Paris this past spring, and every time I go, I'm reminded of my favorite "French" chef, Julia Child. I can't help but smile when I hear her voice, whether I'm listening to an old taping of one of her shows or just replaying her words in my mind. It never fails to make me laugh. You too, perchance?

Child was in a class by herself, and her knowledge of all things culinary will put your brain in a tailspin. She was amazing and still is the inspiration for numerous cooks, both home and professional. And though she was American by birth, she was French at heart and a master of French cooking.