ABC Might Turn Julia Child into a Superspy

The name’s Child. Julia Child.

By Ethan L. Johns
August 16, 2017

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August 16th, 2017 — Julia Child might be best known for introducing America to the joys of French cooking, but a little-known aspect of her pre-Provençal past has been making waves in the mediasphere over the past couple of days. As it turns out, our favorite lady was a spy. Ok, so maybe not really a spy, but during the Second World War she worked as a typist for the Office of Strategic Services, which was a precursor to our second-favorite rogue US intelligence agency, the CIA.

Bazinga! When the writer Benjamin Brand discovered this, he used his love for Child’s TV show Cooking for the CIA (CIA in this case standing for the Culinary Institute of America) as inspiration for a “darkly comedic dramedy” which features a fictionalized Child running around as an undercover superspy.

Will she be infiltrating slaughterhouses and wine cellars? Collecting intel on the best secret boeuf bourguignon recipes? We may not ever know; the story has been bought as a spec, so it might not even see the light of day. But if Brand took any inspiration from Dan Aykroyd’s lovably clumsy character, we’ll be in for a real treat.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns