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The Internet wishes Julia Child a happy 100th birthday

Today would have marked the 100th birthday of the doyenne, dowager countess and grande dame of (North) American cookery, Julia Child, and the Internet is celebrating in style. Thanks to Child, Jell-O salads were replaced by aspics, and beef stew by boeuf bourgignon. The Internet abounds with tributes that trace her influence, including remembrances by well-known Toronto chefs who once cooked for her and a dissection, by Anne Kingston of Maclean’s, of Child’s own free-form feminism. Heck, even today’s Google doodle honours her. PBS, the network that brought The French Chef to the world, is responsible for the excellent Auto-Tune treatment above (not that her famously sing-song voice needed much help). It’s a cheeky video that manages to evoke the range of her infectious joie de vivre in less than four minutes, to which we say, with Julia (at the 0:50 mark), “Bring on the roasted potatoes!”

Found other great Julia Child commemorations online? Let us know in the comments

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