Google celebrates Julia Child's 100th birthday: The 10 best food-related Google Doodles

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY,  |  Aug. 15, 2012 at 11:10 AM
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Julia Child, the beloved television chef who introduced America to French-style cooking, would have turned 100 years old today. Google is honoring her with one of their famous doodles.

Child wrote her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 1961. Her television program The French Chef first aired in February of 1963 and ran for 10 years.

Here are, including today's, 10 great Google doodles with a food theme.

August 15, 2012: Julia Child's 100th birthday

November 2, 2011: Day of the Dead

In Day of the Dead celebrations, people go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars containing the favorite foods and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia, of the departed.

September 16, 2011: Albert Szent-Gyorgyi's 118th birthday

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi discovered vitamin C.

April 3, 2011: Anniversary of the ice cream sundae

From Google:

"When the doodle team heard that the 119th anniversary of the first ever documented ice cream sundae was fast approaching, we couldn't resist the indulgence. The ice cream sundae is a dessert that's rife with opportunities for reinterpretation and restyling, but the prototypical setup – with ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, sprinkles, strawberries, nuts, and cherries all piled into an elegant glass – is still a classic.

Even though the first documented sundae was made in 1892, for this doodle I drew inspiration from vintage 1950s soda shoppe decor and magazine advertisements. I also did a fair amount of research at my local ice cream parlor!"

November 25, 2010: Ina Garten's Thanksgiving doodle

Ina Garten, known as the "Barefoot Contessa" is an author and Food Network chef.

November 21, 2010: Loy Krathong Festival

From Wikipedia:

"Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November.

Loi literally means 'to float,' while krathong refers to the lotus-shaped receptacle which can float on the water. Originally, the krathong was made of banana leaves or the layers of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. A krathong contains food, betel nuts, flowers, joss sticks, candle and coins. Modern krathongs are more often made of bread or Styrofoam... Regardless of the composition, a krathong will be decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense sticks. A low value coin is sometimes included as an offering to the river spirits. During the night of the full moon, Thais will float their krathong on a river, canal or a pond lake. The festival is believed to originate in an ancient practice of paying respect to the spirit of the waters. Today it is simply a time to have fun."

September 27, 2010: Google's 12th birthday

From Google:

It was an amazing experience collaborating with painter, Wayne Thiebaud. Known for his paintings of dramatically lit cakes and pastries, we thought a birthday cake doodle for Google's 12th birthday by this living legend would be fun and delightful for art enthusiasts and lovers of sweet things alike.

January 22, 2010: Chinese porridge day


"[Porridge day] is the eighth day of the 12th lunar month on the traditional Chinese calendar. And it's the Laba Festival, which marks the official start of the Spring Festival.

Chinese celebrate the day by eating Laba porridge, which is made with rice, nuts, cereals and dried fruit. People in Shanghai got up early to queue outside restaurants, waiting for a bowl of steaming porridge. Millions of housewives also got up early to prepare the ingredients to make the treat.

According to legend, the founder of Buddhism, Sakyamuni, fainted from hunger and exhaustion during his journey to find virtue. He was saved by a passing shepherdess who fed him porridge. Sakyamuni then went on to become Buddha on the eighth day of the 12 lunar month, which falls on Saturday this year."

August 27, 2008: Tomato Festival

From Wikipedia:

"La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, a town located 30 km inland from the Mediterranean Sea in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for fun. It is held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol."

February 14, 2007: Valentine's day

Who doesn't love a chocolate-covered strawberry?

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