Veuve Clicquot vineyards in France as photographed by Mardi Michels in the FBC 366 Photo a Day Project Group on Flickr

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Easiest Cookie Contest Ever!

The title pretty much sums it up. The good folks over at Eat In Eat Out are thinking Christmas in July and all you have to do is bake a cookie, shoot it, link it in the comments section of this link and boom, you're entered in a chance to win great prizes and be featured in their Holiday issue. This is for FBC Members only and you must be logged in to view the page and submit your entry.

Happy 100th Julia!

We all owe a debt of gratitude to Julia Child and August 15th 2012 would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday: a day that’s already being immortalized on Twitter (#JC100) by food writers and bloggers around the globe.  Credited as the woman who revolutionized North America’s relationship with food, Julia Child remains a culinary icon whose books, TV series and inimitable culinary style live on in the hearts of chefs, home cooks and gourmands who continue to be inspired by her.

Toronto journalist Marion Kane is going even further, adding the voices of those who knew Julia best in a series of documentary-style podcasts which will be featured on her website:

“It means a great deal to me to honour Julia in this way.  Her work has had a profound impact on some of the world’s best chefs, thousands of home cooks and on me personally.  This is my tribute to the woman I was lucky to call a friend” says Kane.

Podcasts include interviews with Julia’s editor and friend Judith Jones, Julia’s grandnephew Alex Prud’homme who helped his great-aunt pen “My Life in France”, Bob Spitz, a former rock musician who managed the careers of Bruce Springsteen and Elton John, and who wrote the well-researched, entertaining book “Dearie” about Julia, timed for publication during Child’s centenary.

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Future podcasts and blog posts will include interviews with Stephanie Hersch (Julia’s personal assistant for close to two decades) as well as key players in Julia’s visits to Toronto in the early 90s. Mark McEwan, Jamie Kennedy, Alison Fryer and Hart Melvin all weigh in on how Julia impacted them and what it means to have had the chance to meet and/or cook for the legend.

If you are in Toronto this Wednesday, stop by The Cookbook Store (850 Yonge Street at Yorkville) from 12-4pm to celebrate all that she gave to the culinary world and beyond. The Cookbook Store was honoured to have Julia come to the store for four book signings over the years.  Join them to share your memories of Julia and her influence on your cooking. They will have Julia inspired treats to nibble on, and feel free to bring your own Julia inspired creations to share as well.

Marion and Julia taken in her Kensington kitchen in 1991 when the Toronto Star brought Julia to Toronto for a day.

 New Members

 Another nice crop of new members this week.  Please welcome them all:

As always, if you have events or news items to share, please don’t hesitate to let us know about them – we’d love to give them a shout out!

As always,

Melissa, Mardi and Ethan


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