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Happy 100th Birthday, Julia Child.

One hundred years ago today, Julia Child was born.  If you are interested in reading about Julia, check out My Life in France in which she writes about the development of her love for French food and cooking.  It's a terrific book.

In addition to My Life in France, I use a number of Julia's cookbooks.  But if someone said to me that I could have only one cookbook to use for the rest of my life, I would probably select a book by Marge Poore called 1,000 Mexican Recipes.  With terrific recipes and clear descriptions of techniques, this is my go-to book for both everyday cooking and fancy dinners.  I love French food, but I love Mexican cuisine more.  Poore's book has a ton of flavorful dishes that use ingredients that are easy to find.  If you like to cook, check it out.

Cooking something today with Marge Poore's book, or your favorite cookbook, would be a great tribute to Julia.  Julia Child reminded us that food should be delicious and we should seek out and relish quality meals; Julia's genius was in telling and showing us that we could prepare wonderful food at home.  On her birthday, let's commit to cooking and eating well.


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