Coq au vin, aka chicken in wine, is a French classic that exists in countless incarnations. This rich, soulful riff from Julia Child is our default dish.
The beloved Julia Child really needs no introduction, but we thought it couldn't hurt to share a brief history. Child (née McWilliams) was born in Pasadena, CA, graduated from Smith College and worked for the OSS during World War II in Ceylon and China, where she met Paul Child. After they married, they moved to Paris, where she studied at the Cordon Bleu and taught cooking with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, with whom she wrote Mastering the Art of French Cooking. After they returned to the states, Boston's WGBH launched The French Chef television series, which made her a national celebrity, earning her the Peabody Award in 1965, an Emmy in 1966, and a place in our hearts forever.