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Today would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday, and Eatocracy is celebrating her legacy.

The setting is so inviting that you're almost compelled to plop yourself down in a chair for a kitchen coffee klatsch.

Except you can't. Because it's behind glass.

Julia Child's kitchen is back at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History after seven months of renovations. For the 100th anniversary of her birth, the museum is temporarily unwrapping a new space dedicated to the beloved television chef, which includes the kitchen from her Cambridge, Massachusetts home.
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August 15th, 2012
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Today would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday, and Eatocracy is celebrating her legacy. Sink your teeth into some of the top stories about her from around the globe.

  • Ever wonder how Julia Child would sound auto-tuned? Now you know. - PBS

  • "I don’t think my toes touched the ground for days." Virginia Willis on rooming with - and appreciating - Julia. - Virgina Willis

  • Julie Powell, whose book, "Julie and Julia," was turned into the movie of the same name, reflects on how Julia taught her to live with unbridled passion. - Los Angeles Times

Editor's Note: The cake pictured above was created by Margaret Braun for Julia's 80th birthday.

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August 15th, 2012
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Today would have been Julia Child's 101st birthday, and Eatocracy is celebrating her legacy. Here are some lesser-known facts about the beloved TV chef and cookbook author.

- At 6 feet, 2 inches tall, Julia was no stranger to standing out. But her height wasn’t always welcomed. Child moved from California to Washington D.C. at the start of World War II to join the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). She’d previously been rejected for active duty by the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service and the Women’s Army Corps. The OSS eventually became the CIA.

- Her maiden name is McWilliams.

- Julia had high hopes of distinguishing herself in college basketball, but the administration of Smith College, her alma mater, changed the game rules (they did away with the jump ball) to ensure she didn't receive an unfair advantage due to her height. "I was not good at the rest of the game," said Child in her only authorized biography, "Appetite for Life" by Noel Riley Fitch.
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