To Julia Child, on her 101st Birthday!

0815 gall juliaIf you find yourself craving a little coq au vin today, there’s a good reason — July 15 marks Julia Child’s 101st birthday.

There’s an easy way to celebrate — the culinary experts at Williams-Sonoma are having an all-day party with free samples of beef bourguignon (the first recipe in “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”) and birthday cake. Julia herself used to shop Williams-Sonoma and it’s so delightful to imagine her revering the Le Cruest and Kitchen Aid offerings in 2013.

In the meantime, you can try your hand at the classic boeuf bourguignon recipe today, watch her prepare it on her show here or simply enjoy the food maven’s most famous quotes.

Here are a few:

• “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”

• “The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”

• “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.”

• “Fat gives things flavor.”

• “I think every woman should have a blowtorch.”

• “The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who’s close to you is about as nice a Valentine you can give.”

• “I always give my bird a generous butter massage before I put it in the oven. Why? Because I think the chicken likes it — and, more important, I like to give it.”

• “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces — just good food from fresh ingredients.”

Now and forever — bon appetit, Julia.

Celebrate Julia Child’s 101st birthday on July 15 at Williams-Sonoma with tastings of beef bourguignon and birthday cake and shopping for her favorite Le Crueset.

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