I didn’t grow up watching Julia Child on television the way many people of my generation did. My television hours were not inclined toward any aspects of cooking, though we did cook in our home. My mother was a both a restaurant worker and also (for a time) a Girl Scout leader. Part of the ‘arts and crafts’ of being one spilled over into our childhood activities. I was a lucky young boy to be able to make homemade strawberry, cherry, and blueberry jam with her and the girl scout troop. It, along with many other cooking chores we did in ‘just outside of’ farm country Illinois, gave me a background that, though unplanned, prepared me in key ways for the life of a Chef.
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