The Corner

Re: Julia Child

I have no idea what her politics were, but conservatives have always missed the boat, in my opinion, by not lionizing her more. First of all, she lived to 91 proving daily that the health zealots were wrong. Yes, yes, I know she brought French food to America and I’m supposed to hate all things French. But I don’t. French food, particularly traditional French food is wonderful, though I can do without the frogs, brains, snails and intolerably clever cheese. (What I object to is the notion which has even penetrated into these precincts that because their food is good, their politics can’t be all bad).

In a sense what Julia Child did was rescue France’s most valuable (and exportable) goods before the place went south. Think of someone racing into a building seconds before the Brown English department ransacked the place in order to collect all of the cookbooks. She was a consumate professional and career woman who would not tolerate political correctness in or out of the kitchen. She volunteered for the OSS during World War Two and while many authors and biographers have claimed she was a pretty serious spy, she always denied it, saying she was merely a file clerk.

In short, she was the bomb.

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