World-renowned master chef Julia Child died Thursday at the age of 91. She spent three decades explaining the mysteries of classic French cuisine to modern American audiences. Child hosted several cooking shows on public television, earning Peabody and Emmy Awards in the process, and wrote nine cookbooks.
In a 1989 interview, Julia Child describes the first meal she had in France in 1948 — the start of her lifelong love affair with French cooking. With her signature combination of gusto and charm, Child would spend the rest of her career guiding American amateurs through the intricacies of French cuisine.
The Food Network draws more viewers than any of the cable news channels, but Americans are actually cooking less than ever. Food-culture writer Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) ponders the phenomenon.