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Julia Child Memories: Bon Appetit!

Airs Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Julia Child is credited with introducing French cooking techniques to mainstream America in THE FRENCH CHEF, which began in 1963. Here, she prepares fish.

Savor a retrospective that includes some of the most memorable episodes from Julia Child’s classic cooking series, THE FRENCH CHEF: “Bouillabaisse à la Marseillaise,” “To Roast a Chicken” and “The Omelette Show.” In addition to testimonials from noted chefs, the program features commentary from Meryl Streep, who played Julia in the movie "Julie & Julia," and author Julie Powell, who wrote the book on which that film is based.

PBS Commemorates Julia Child’s 100th Birthday:

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Julia Child Quotes: The Woman, The Wisdom

Julia Child was known for her quick wit and memorable one-liners. Read some classic Julia Child quotes on various topics including the art of cooking, relationships, life, and her own legacy. Bon appetit!

Explore Julia’s Legacy

Julia Child has left an indelible mark on the food world. Join the world’s top chefs and food bloggers and tell us how she has inspired you. Explore their tributes to Julia.

For decades, following her screen debut on WGBH Boston, culinary pioneer and beloved public television icon Julia Child opened up new worlds for generations of Americans, showing them that cooking, even French cuisine, was enjoyable and within reach for all.

In celebration of what would have been her 100th birthday on August 15, 2012, PBS will honor Child’s legacy through a multi-platform initiative spanning on-air, online, and social media engagement.

The public television celebration of this effort, from August 5 to 15, begins in the kitchen. PBS viewers and Julia Child fans are encouraged to cook their own versions of a classic Julia dish and share the experience through pictures and blogs on PBS Food and by using the Twitter hashtag #CookforJulia.

Julia Child content can also be shared through various other social media channels, such as PBS’ Facebook page, PBS Food’s Facebook page, YouTube and Pinterest.

PBS invites fans to visit PBS Food as the home for all Julia Child content and to view nearly 100 exclusive limited-time full episodes from: IN JULIA’S KITCHEN WITH MASTER CHEFS, COOKING WITH MASTER CHEFS, THE FRENCH CHEF CLASSICS, BAKING WITH JULIA and three COOKING IN CONCERT specials, as well as recipes and other fun Julia-related content, including articles, links, quotes and a Julia personality quiz.

“At PBS, we are focused on serving the public with content that educates, enlightens and entertains. Julia Child embodied those characteristics, which made her a beloved public broadcasting icon,” said PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger. “With this multi-platform celebration, we’ve not only created a way for people of any age to explore Julia’s life and legacy, but we’re also encouraging them to get into the kitchen and cook, which is exactly what Julia would have wanted.”

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Preview: Julia Child Memories: Bon Appetit!

Above: Savor a retrospective that includes some of the most memorable episodes from Julia Child’s classic cooking series, THE FRENCH CHEF: “Bouillabaisse à la Marseillaise,” “To Roast a Chicken” and “The Omelette Show.” In addition to testimonials from noted chefs, the program features commentary from Meryl Streep, who played Julia in the movie "Julie & Julia," and author Julie Powell, who wrote the book on which that film is based.

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Julia Child Remixed: Keep On Cooking: PBS Digital Studios

Above: In celebration of her 100th birthday, Julia Child Remixed by John D. Boswell, aka melodysheep, for PBS Digital Studios. Visit pbs.org/food to join in the celebration, with additional videos, recipes and more. You can leave your own tribute to The French Chef by cooking a Julia recipe and sharing it on Facebook and Twitter with #CookForJulia. Special thanks to the Julia Child Foundation (http://www.juliachildfoundation.org/) for their support. The French Chef episodes used courtesy of WBGH/Boston. For more, go to http://www.wgbh.org/JC100

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Julia Child: The French Chef: French Onion Soup

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Watch French Onion Soup on PBS. See more from The French Chef.

Above: Julia Child makes the classic soup from scratch (including the French version with a poached egg), illustrating how to slice, cook and brown the onions and how to properly melt the Gruyere cheese. She also demonstrates how to disguise the flavor of a store-bought version.

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Julia Child: The French Chef: French Tarts, Apple Style

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Watch French Tarts, Apple Style on PBS. See more from The French Chef.

Above: Julia Child makes three French favorites: Tarte aux Pommes Classique, Tarte des Demoiselles, and Tartin.

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Julia Child: The French Chef: Episode: Quiche Lorraine

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Watch Quiche Lorraine on PBS. See more from The French Chef.

Above: Julia Child makes everyone’s favorite French cheese pie, extoling the virtues of using your hands during cooking, explaining the differences among kinds of flour, and demonstrating the fine art of making the perfect pie crust.

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Julia Child's 100th Birthday: Chef Rick Bayless

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Above: Chef Rick Bayless talks about his friendship with Julia Child.

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Julia Child's 100th Birthday: Chef Stephan Pyles

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Above: Chef Stephan Pyles talks about his friendship with Julia Child.