Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Julia Child is best known as a bubbly-voiced TV chef and author of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, one of very few must have cookbooks. Her personality was so large that she's been played and parodied by the likes of Dan Akroyd, Meryl Streep and Bill Cosby, and her show has been referenced by—and in the background of—more popular culture outlets than can be kept track of. Child is a legend.

But before the world had ever heard of her, before she ever took her first cooking class, Child was busy saving the world from tyranny as a genuine hero. She was a top secret researcher for the OSS in World War II, tracking agents and communications across Asia and helping coordinate rescue equipment from Washington, D.C. And if that wasn't enough, she assisted on a project to develop shark repellent to keep sharks away from mines, so that they would take out German U-Boats instead. And all that, is pretty effin' rad.

So why do we primarily know her as a chef?

The answer is simple: The woman made a mean cup of fish soup.

Wouldn't you like to know how to make soup so good that it eclipses Hitler? Well, have no fear soup patriots, you can. Because today at Pottery Gourmet, culinary educator Sylvie Ryan will show you how. With no shortage of wine "tasting," on the side. The class will take you through every step of preparing the classic South France bouillabaisse. Then you'll close with a faboo French freedom lemon tart, and be home in time to see something on the History Channel about the war that Julia Child won for America. Sadly, Shark Week will have to wait until August.

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