Happy Birthday, Julia Child! Mark the occasion by throwing this simple-yet-impressive dinner party for your friends.
Why celebrate a stranger's birthday? Because Julia loved having a reason to get her friends together to eat good food, and so can you.
I came across this idea in the August issue of one of my favorite magazines, Bon Appetit
, and instantly wanted to make this meal come to life in my own kitchen.
In celebration of Julia's birthday (tomorrow), Bon Appetit
proposes you make a night of it – invite friends over for a "Cooking Club" in honor of the woman who made the French phrase famous (with that glorious inflection of hers), and then go see the movie Julie & Julia
I was fortunate enough to go to an early screening of this film, and I have just three words on the subject: Go. See. Immediately.
So hop to it – throw on some pearls and an apron and you'll be channeling my favorite American in Paris in no time at all.
Want to learn a little more about Julia herself? Bon Appetit
's Editor-in-Chief, Barbara Fairchild, was fortunate enough to know Julia personally (insert emotion: Jealousy). Check out what she learned from the woman who brought French cooking to American kitchens here
. My favorite lesson: "Perfection is overrated" – Thank You Julia!
Do you have a favorite recipe from Julia's Mastering the Art of French Cooking? Share it here!