10 Things About Julia Child That Make Her Cooler Than You Ever Thought Possible

10 Things About Julia Child That Make Her Cooler Than You Ever Thought Possible
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This Wednesday, August 15, would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday. And although the American chef may be most known as a television personality, author of the groundbreaking book Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and most importantly, the woman responsible for introducing mainstream American to sophisticated French cuisine, Child's got quite the cool quotient as well.

Here are 10 things about the 6-foot, 2-inch female chef you may not have known to help celebrate her life, personality, and most of all, her cooking.

10.) She has been quoted as saying, "I think every woman should have a blowtorch."

9.) At the start of World War II in 1941, Child wanted to join the war effort but was rejected by the Navy's Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) because she was too tall. So, she joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a precursor to the CIA, and ended up helping to develop shark repellent to keep the toothy predators away from underwater explosives placed by the allies. Take that, haters.

8.) Mastering the Art of French Cooking, the famous cookbook created by Child and fellow Cordon Bleu students Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, took 10 years to make and was rejected by its original publisher for being too encyclopedia-like. Eventually, it was picked up, published in 1961, and became the culinary community's go-to guide.

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