Tony remembers Julia Child
On what would have been her 100th birthday (today, August 15, 2012), Houston Chronicle food writer Greg Morago asked Houston restaurateurs to talk about how Julia Child influenced them and their careers.
When she came through Houston to promote one of her books or shows, she always dined at Tony’s.
Here’s what Tony had to say about her and her legacy, as quoted today in the paper.
“Even before I met her, I had read all her books. I was a big fan. I always thought that she had the perfect recipe for roasting a whole chicken: you just rub the chicken with butter, fleur de sel, and pepper; and then you roast it. With something as good and as simple as roast chicken, don’t mess it up. To this day, every time I roast a chicken, I use her recipe, even though I add my own touch by using sale marino from Sicily.
“She ate at the restaurant a number of times during the 1970s when she was in town promoting one of her books. She was very unassuming, just like in the movie. The first time she came in, I made her pasta with lump crab and red snapper with a mousseline sauce. She loved it.”