Thursday, August 14, 2008

Julia Child was a government agent?

In a strange, but fascinating look into the private and secret lives of one of America's greatest TV chefs, (who was in fact one of the pioneers of TV cooking shows), BBC reports that Julia Child was actually a member of the OSS (the precursor of the CIA).

Back in the days prior to Julia's TV cooking career, apparently she signed up to help battle fascism in WWII by becoming a spy in the U.S. intelligence service.

As odd as it is to imagine the sweet and high pitched Julia Child, flitting about behind enemy lines, tip toeing around trying not to cause one of her souffles to fall, the truth is that she like so many others did their part to help defeat tyranny in the world.

Nowadays when we hear a chef say they came directly from the CIA, we usually think that they mean the Culinary Institute of America - but perhaps we ought to be asking more specific questions?

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