Julia Child would have been 100 today. When she wrote Mastering the Art of French Cooking she changed the way America looked at cooking. This was not the Escoffier Cook Book. This was a beautifully written book for American audiences. When her PBS show, The French Chef debuted in 1963, it was an immediate hit. Ms Child was an earthy, ebullient woman that everyone loved. Her great contribution was not extravagant sauces or technique, but rather her cuisine soignée, a simple meal made with care and fresh ingredients.