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15 Recipes to help channel your inner Julia Child

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

What better way to celebrate Julia Child than to cook her favorite recipes?

Always wanted to learn to cook French food but haven't had the confidence? Use Julia Child's birthday as an excuse to finally dive into the world of French cookery with the help of her delicious recipes.

1. Julia Child's French bread recipe

Julia Child's French bread

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Start your day off with a crusty loaf of Julia Child's French bread slathered with fresh butter, and you'll understand why she was one of the best cooks America has ever had.

2. Croissant recipe

Croissants

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Croissants, a French bakery staple, are a fun challenge to make at home and so rewarding.

3. Rolled omelet recipe

Rolled omelette

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The test of a true cook is whether they can make an omelet. Perfectly cooked but not browned at all, omelets tend to be intimidating, but with this rolled omelet post and video, you're sure learn how to make the perfect one for breakfast.

4. Cheese soufflé recipe

Cheese soufflé
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Master the art of soufflés with this cheese soufflé recipe that can be served as an appetizer to dinner or as your lunch with a side salad.

5. Stout French onion soup recipe

Stout French onion soup

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Did you know that French onion soup was Julia Child's last meal? Seems fitting for a lady of her caliber, so we're loving this version of a stout French onion soup to make at home.

6. Salade nicoise recipe

Salad nicoise

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A hearty salad packed with tuna, hard-boiled eggs, green beans and more, this salade nicoise is the perfect meal for when having lots of guests over. Everyone can custom-make their own French salad.

7. Beef bourguignon recipe

Beef bourguignon

A rich and luscious dish, this beef bourguignon is best made with amazing red wine. If you're going to cook with it, then it better be good enough to drink.

8. Easy blender hollandaise sauce recipe

Easy blender hollandaise sauce

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Hollandaise sauce tends to be a tricky sauce to make, but this easy blender hollandaise sauce takes the guesswork out of it. Perfect over eggs for brunch.

9. Coq au vin recipe

Coq au vin

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This hearty and satisfying dish known as coq au vin is one of the most popular French recipes. Serve on top of wide noodles for extra comfort.

10. Ratatouille recipe

Ratatouille
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Ratatouille focuses on Julia Child's biggest lesson: Use fresh ingredients. The layering of fresh vegetables in this recipe is what makes it amazing, so be sure to use seasonal produce for it.

11. Potato-and-onion soup recipe

Potato and onion soup

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This classic potato-and-onion soup brings simple flavors that sing outstanding notes of deliciousness into a bowl. Sprinkle with chive blossoms for an added, delicate onion flavor and aroma.

12. Chocolate mousse recipe

Chocolate mousse

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Dive into this luscious chocolate mousse recipe with no fear. The results will be well worth it.

13. Boozy cherry clafouti recipe

Boozy cherry clafoutis

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Similar to a Dutch baby, this boozy cherry clafoutis is the perfect thing when the fresh cherries are appearing at the markets.

14. Julia Child's floating islands recipe

Julia Child's floating islands

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If you're looking for a light yet sweet dessert to end a meal, Julia Child's floating islands is the way to go.

15. Vanilla bean crème brûlée recipe

Vanilla bean creme brûlée

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A beloved French dessert, this vanilla bean crème brûlée is a favorite and a great recipe to try at home.

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