Julia McWilliams Child (1912–2004), cookbook author and television cooking teacher
With two Frenchwomen, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, Child drafted an ambitious manual that became Mastering the Art of French Cooking, vol. 1 (Knopf, 1961). In 1963, she began appearing in the hugely popular television program The French Chef, which kindled an indelible association between “Julia” and a persona that was forthright, generous, welcoming, unflappable, and spontaneous. Off-screen, she worked untiringly to enlarge public recognition of food professionals’ accomplishments in all venues from the salad station to the library.