Julia Child would have turned 100 today, so it’s the perfect time to reflect on her amazing contribution to the world of gastronomy. When Julia Child published Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 1961, it completely rekindled American interest in French cuisine. The book has since gone into 18 printings (and is even available as an eBook). Child continued to spread her love for French cooking through a series of successful television shows, beginning with The French Chef, one of the first TV cooking series, and subsequent cookbooks. However, one of her most important contributions is introducing Americans to the fun of cooking, rather than treating cooking as a chore.