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Julia Child: Perfectionist

"As a scientist,

[Julia Child] was obsessed with discovering how to make perfect French bread with American all-purpose flour in an American oven. It took two years, 284 pounds of flour and all the ingenuity of her husband, Paul, who lined her stove with quarry tiles and, to produce the necessary burst of steam, dropped a brick into a pan of hot water at the bottom of the oven."

[Julia Child's mother, who had a cook of her own, could make only biscuits and Welsh rarebit.]

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