Happy 100th Birthday, Julia Child

TIME helps a culinary icon celebrate her centenary.

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Today would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday, and both the culinary and pop culture worlds are celebrating. The cooking icon has been made immortal by her PBS show, her famous cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and—most recently—the movie Julie & Julia starring Meryl Streep as Child.

Unsurprisingly, #JuliaChild has also been trending on Twitter. “Julia Child” is also the most searched term on Google today, with over 500,000 searches by 4 p.m. You may have even noticed that the Google Doodle this morning is a cartoon of Julia standing before a kitchen full of her creations. Child, who died in 2004 at age 92, made her legacy with her step-by-step cooking shows that instilled confidence in Americans to cook French foods that they had never ventured to make before—from whole chickens to chocolate layer cakes to boeuf bourguignon. The Google Doodle features all those foods.

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Looking for Child-style culinary inspiration? You can stop by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. this week to see her Cambridge, Mass. kitchen. Or you can peruse the many tributes from fellow chefs and friends, recipe revivals, and histories of her pre-cooking life (as a spy!) today published in the blogosphere today. For our part, TIME is celebrating Julia’s life by featuring photos of her from our archive. Check them out here. Bon appétit!

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Skipdallas
Skipdallas

You are missed Miss Julia! I hope you are up in Heaven cooking up a storm! Happy Birthday!