August 15th is Julia Child’s birthday. She would have been 104.
Child essentially was our first celebrity chef. The Emmy-award winner, pioneered the idea of a cooking show, authored 18 cooking books (one posthumous) and graced the cover of Time Magazine in 1966.
She was 6’2,” lovable and funny and taught millions of people how to cook.
And while the world knew her as the consummate chef, she had a deep love for wine and was fascinated by how it could bring out specific tastes in food. Wines from Burgundy, France were among her favorites.
So she encouraged her followers to continually learn about wine.
And since your kids are probably finishing up their summer reading before school starts, why not read along with them, in honor of Julia.
So grab a book to further your wine education and raise a glass to an American Icon.
Here are are few of our favorites:
Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 30th Anniversary Edition, by Kevin Zraly, $21
Zraly teaches one of the best wine classes out there. His 8-week course originated at Windows on the World, atop the World Trade Center. He now teachers at JW Marriot Essex House in Manhattan but the book chronicals his classes.
Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine, by Madeline Puckette, $15
Puckette is content director and host of winefolly.com The book has tons of graphics, tons of facts and is super-fun and easy to read.
The Wine Bible, by Karen MacNeil, $15
This book is almost as big as the Bible but its informative and packed with material.
Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip.