How well do you know Our Lady of the Ladle? Take the Julia Child quiz!

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Julia Child is credited with introducing French cooking techniques to mainstream America in her many books and TV shows.

Is "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," your kitchen Bible? Does that warbling voice still drive you wild? Was Julia Child the one who taught you how to make a soufflé, how to debone a duck, or simply how to be fearless in the kitchen? 

August 15 marks what would have been her 100th birthday. Celebrate by putting your knowledge of one of America's greatest chefs to the test with our quiz!

1. What was the name of Julia Child’s first cookbook, which she co-authored with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle?

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An open-faced Piperade omelette garnished with onion, peppers, tomatoes, and ham, made by Julie Powell.

“The French Chef Cookbook”

“Mastering the Art of French Cooking”

“From Julia Child’s Kitchen”

“The Way To Cook”

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