Julia Child wasn’t the first TV chef, but she’s certainly the most memorable. (Do you know the most popular cooking show from the year you were born?)
Her iconic cooking show, The French Chef, was taped live. It dominated the televisions of home cooks from 1963 through 1973 and taught many a viewer how to cook like the French do. With her down-to-earth personality, Julia made dishes we could hardly pronounce—like beef bourguignon, bouillabaisse and coq au vin—seem doable.
She’s always with us in our hearts, thanks to her quick kitchen wit. Now, she’s back on our screens, thanks to PBS!
How to stream The French Chef
In mid-March, PBS launched its PBS Living service, which includes both classic cooking shows. PBS Living is an add-on service that you can access through your PBS membership, but you can also access it through Amazon Prime Video.
To access through PBS Passport
To access The French Chef, you need to be a PBS member according to your local PBS station’s particular requirements. (Here’s how it works in the New York area, where I live.)
To access through Amazon Prime Video
To watch on Amazon Prime Video, you have to be a Prime member. (Here’s how to do that.) You can sign up for a free trial for 30 days, after which it’s $12.99 per month. Then, join PBS Living, which is a paid opt-in channel for Prime subscribers. You can enroll in a free trial for 7 days, after which the cost is $2.99 per month. In addition to The French Chef, you’ll be able to access episodes of other iconic series including This Old House and Antiques Roadshow.
But there’s another way to enjoy Julia Child without paying extra!
If neither of the above options works for you, you can still enjoy Julia Child on PBS via the free Julia Child Video Collection, consisting of full-length episodes of select Julia Child programming (including some early The French Chef episodes) as well as shorter interviews, behind-the-scenes clips and other snippets.
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