Julia Child (1912-2004) was an American chef and author or co-author of a number of cookbooks. She became a celebrity in the 1960s and beyond, and is the subject of many an Affectionate Parody. Episodes of The French Chef are available on YouTube. Just as a warning, American chefs and cooking professionals hold Julia Child to a level of respect and admiration that borders on religious. It is better for you to badmouth Fred Rogers on 4Chan than it is to badmouth Julia Child around a chef, especially if you are badmouthing her in his restaurant.
Works associated with Julia Child include:
- Julie & Julia: A combination fantasy and biopic aligning Child's experiences in Europe while she attended the Cordon Bleu school and co-authored her first cookbook, and author Julie Powell's attempt to cook all 524 recipes in the book in one year. Child is played by Meryl Streep.
- John "Melody Sheep" Boswell did a tribute video for Child in his own unmistakable style.
- One of Dan Aykroyd 's best-known SNL sketches is his impersonation of Julia. The skit is, itself, often parodied.
Tropes associated with Julia Child's works include:
- Food Porn: Given that her shows are, well, cooking shows, the food and showing them are the entire point.
- Supreme Chef: Child brought French cooking to Americans, but she was highly skilled. Media portrayals of her emphasize this fact.
- Trope Codifier: She codified the tropes for Cooking Show and celebrity chef.