Recent months have seen the passing of two revolutionary figures in gastronomy, first Frugal Gourment Jeff Smith and this morning the iconic Julia Child. Both hosted staple programs on America's original 'food network,' KQED.
Julia Child's work in the formative days of television revolutionized cooking in the post-war era, eschewing 50s futurism for tried and true French fundamentals, de-boning ducks and whisking Bechamels at a time when much of America was opening a tin of Spam. Her signature warble and gangly body made her an unusual star, but her humor and zeal won over American audiences, bringing cooking effectively out of the kitchen, and paving the way for contemporary celebrity chefs like Jaques Pepin and, dare we say it, Emeril Lagasse. As the foremost American gourmand, Child's endorsement always meant a great deal to foodies, and SFist has always particularly enjoyed the image of Julia fearlessly navigating her way around Sixth and Market to Tu Lan.