Julia Child’s Slate Diary

The inimitable chef on grocery shopping, tricky sauces, and what to eat for breakfast.

Julia Child, the chef who demystified French cooking for countless Americans, died today at the age of 91. In 2000, she wrote a Slate Diary that—like so much of her writing—was welcoming, unfussy, and charmingly brisk. “We have decided,” she wrote, “to do a demonstration about sauces. People seem to be afraid to make them, and that’s silly because they aren’t that difficult to do, and they add so much to the dish.”