Julia Child’s pop culture resurgence is feeding a new generation of pandemic-era home cooks

A couple of months ago, I started getting press releases for several new books and TV shows, all revolving around the same famous American chef: Julia Child.

In late November I watched a new documentary called Julia. Last month The Food Network launched a cooking competition show called The Julia Child Challenge, featuring eight home cooks and Child’s recipes. There’s a new non-fiction book called Warming Up Julia Child by Helen Horowitz, and a few weeks ago HBO Max released a show called Julia, a dramatization of Julia Child’s life in the 1960s starring Sarah Lancashire, David Hyde Pierce, and Isabella Rossellini.

“[The show focuses on the time] when

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