Drunk History on Julia Child Will Make Your Day

The Comedy Central show looks at the first celebrity chef's loving relationship with Paul Child.
Julia Child rolling pastry in one of her Cambridge pantries. / Image from In Julia's Kitchen: Practical and Convivial Kitchen Design Inspired by Julia Child, by Pamela Heyne and Jim Scherer published by ForeEdge, an imprint of University Press of New England.

Julia Child rolling pastry in one of her Cambridge pantries. / Image from In Julia’s Kitchen: Practical and Convivial Kitchen Design Inspired by Julia Child, by Pamela Heyne and Jim Scherer published by ForeEdge, an imprint of University Press of New England / Provided for ‘A New Book…

If you need some culinary inspiration this holiday season, you could pick up the new book, In Julia’s Kitchen, which looks at Julia Child’s famous Cambridge kitchen for practical, modern design tips. Or, you could spend five minutes of your life giggling at an uncouth retelling of the first television cook’s life story.

Drunk History took on Julia and Paul Child last night, with actress Michaela Watkins (a Boston University alumna, known for roles on Saturday Night Live and more,) in the lead role alongside Joe Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine Nine, Wet Hot American Summer).

Lyric Lewis drunkenly recaps Julia’s career, beginning with her stint in the Office of Strategic Services (the Central Intelligence Agency predecessor)—specifically, creating shark repellent for underwater bombs.

“That was like, her first introduction to cooking, and like, espionage work,” Lewis says.

Next, Watkins’ Child is in Sri Lanka and looking for love. She meets CSS officer Paul Child, who introduces her to fresh food, according to Lewis’s retelling.

“Your palate is so [expletive] basic. I’m showing you a new life,” Lo Truglio’s Paul tells Julia.

After the romantic (and a little rude) Child story, Drunk History stays around Boston to look at the Great Molasses Flood. Watch the full episode and clips online now, or catch the Julia Child feature below:


Jacqueline Cain Associate Food Editor at Boston Magazine jcain@bostonmagazine.com