Julia Child in World War II

Julia Child in Kandy, Ceylon during WWII and as part of the OSS.

I am a bit of a World War II history buff.  While primarily focusing on the Pacific War due to my family’s connections, I thought this may interest the foodies here.

Julia Child was a member of the OSS – Office of Strategic Services.  Spying.  Intelligence.  James Bond.  Well, maybe not James Bond.  But she was in some dastardly conditions.



Happy Birthday #100, Julia Child.

19 thoughts on “Julia Child in World War II”

  1. Always loved her. She brought me a great deal of enjoyment, back in the early tv cooking days. Her history is fascinating – a very determined woman. 🙂

  2. I am finding myself more and more intrigued by history of all kinds. I love your sharing! I had no idea.

    1. The little unknowns of history intrigues me greatly. There is so much that will never be known by the general public. While I certainly am not a scholar or a PhD in history, there is a lot to learn. For instance, did you know that C02 had a major role during naval battles? 🙂

      1. We will find out today when I try to ride here in another hour or so. Walking is okay. But can I sit on the seat again? 🙂

      2. Oh my….well, I am in a fog right now. Apparently yesterday when I thought I was alternating caffeine drinks with non caffeine drinks…I was NOT. So no sleep at all last night. I can’t even think straight!

  3. What a remarkable woman she was. She was just full of surprises and definitely someone who lived her life to the full, and with service to others. Great to be reminded that it was her birthday, too! 🙂 Debra

    1. I honestly wasn’t a great fan of her during my younger adult years but now, I realize she handled her oops moments on live TV quite well. And I hope you weren’t misled too much. Yes, she was OSS but certainly, she was not sent out into the jungles to spy on the enemy or jump them from behind to eliminate them. 🙂 But she did serve.

      1. Ha! I suppose I didn’t really think of her as any kind of spy, simply because I don’t think she’d blend in very well, do you? She was so tall and had an imposing stature.But from military service to America’s French chef seems like a big leap to me, too. I grew up watching her on PBS with my grandmother, so I think I probably am a bit fascinated with her. 🙂

      1. Thank you – we both come from a long line of honorable people, loyal to their families and country.

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