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Thursday, August 14, 2008

"The Name's Child - Julia Child!," a.k.a. We Do Live in Foodie Times

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 10:11 AM

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By Meredith Brody

The records of almost 24,000 employees of the Office of Strategic Services (a.k.a. spies) were just exposed in newly-released top-secret documents from the National Archives today. They include Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, major league catcher Moe Berg, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., film actor Sterling Hayden, the father of the drummer of the Police, and sons of Ernest Hemingway and Theodore Roosevelt. But the one chosen to both illustrate the AP article written about the files of the organization that became the CIA and lead off the piece is beloved French chef Julia Child: “Before Julia Child became known to the world as a leading chef, she admitted at least one failing when applying for a job as a spy: impulsiveness.”

It’s not the first time that Julia’s work with the OSS was acknowledged, lord knows. It’s even been talked about on the radio. We’re just proud that they chose her to illustrate some new news. (And that she left it all behind. Luckily for us, at least where recipes and techniques were concerned, she couldn’t keep a secret.)

Photo: Child in a 1967 file photo via the Chicago Tribune

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