Julia Child (1912 to 2004) introduced French cooking to Americans through her famous cookbook and the subsequent TV series that evolved from her recipes. At a time when quick (often canned) meals were the norm, Child helped transform America's culinary landscape.
In honor of her birthday, which falls on August 15th, INSIDER rounded up images of Child doing what she did best — cooking. Special thanks goes to the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for providing photos taken by Child's husband, Paul.
Keep scrolling to see 10 vintage photos of the beloved chef and cultural icon in the kitchen and learn more about her life and legacy.
Julia Child was born in 1912 in Pasadena, California.
Her maiden name was Julia McWilliams.
After graduating from Smith College, one of the Seven Sisters schools, she worked in advertising.
She met her future husband, Paul Child, during World War II, while working in Asia for the Office of Strategic Services (the precursor to the CIA).
After the war, Julia and her husband Paul Child lived in Paris for six years.
Child fell in love with French cooking while attending the famed Cordon Bleu cooking school. She also took private cooking lessons with master chef Max Bugnard.
During her time in France, Child met Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, who would later co-author the hallmark cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking."