It's Julia Child's 100th birthday today! My first job out of college was for public television, and I remember getting goosebumps standing on the stage where The French Chef was shot. You could see the pipes for her kitchen in a corner! When they tore down those offices, moved across town, and sold the land to a local college (years after I had worked there) I remember feeling melancholy that her studio was gone in turn.
Anyways, I feel like so many people are inspired by her, so it would feel done and disingenuous to talk about it here. She did a lot for French cooking, and making it accessible, she did a lot for women in television and in a field that was dominantly menfolk. And she did a lot for those cooks who when a mushroom or chicken falls out of the pot and no one's home, dusting it off and putting it right back in the pot and pretending it never happened.
I mean, that's never happened to me. I don't know what you're talking about.
I found this clever video that has a variety of clips of her through the ages, and it felt appropriate today. There are many more clips on youtube, which I'd recommend checking out.