"I was lucky to marry Paul. He was a great inspiration, his enthusiasm about wine and food helped to shape my tastes, and his encouragement saw me through discouraging moments. I would never have had my career without Paul Child."
Paul was ten years older than Julia, well traveled, cultured, and an excellent cook. They met in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) during World War II and married in 1946. Julia didn't know how to cook, so she took a bride-to-be cooking course. The first meal she cooked for Paul--brains simmered in red wine--turned out to be a disaster: "Paul laughed it off, and we scrounged up something else that night. But deep down I was annoyed with myself, and I grew more determined than ever to learn how to cook well."
And cook well Julia did. Paul's work took them to France where Julia "fell in love with French cooking and found her 'true calling'." You probably know the rest of the story.
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