By Britt Bickel

Today marks what would have been food pioneer Julia Child’s 100th birthday, and to celebrate, everyone’s favorite home living connoisseur, Martha Stewart joined us this morning!

Like many TV food personalities, Martha credits Julia for inspiring her career and paving the way for others to come after her.

“We really appreciate what she did for the knowledge of food for America, for introducing us to French cuisine in such a sensible, fabulous way, and for pioneering food television,” said Martha.

Julia’s incredible life and career was just portrayed on film by one of the greats in Hollywood, Meryl Streep. So how did Meryl’s depiction hold up to the real thing?

“I think Meryl channeled Julia perfectly,” said Martha. “[Julia] was a tour-de-force in the kitchen with a sense of humor, with a great knowledge, with a real particular way of doing things – she was fantastic…she was one of my mentors, certainly.”

Martha has had her own fair share of history-making moments on her TV show like Julia, including one of her funniest specials being cooking with famed rapper Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Lion if you’re going by his new moniker). So what would Julia have thought about that odd collaboration in the kitchen?

“She would have loved it,” said Martha, adding that she had a great time cooking with Snoop.

“Those were good brownies – green brownies,” she laughed. “It was funny, don’t you think?”

Martha has plenty more fun memories to create on her upcoming show Martha Stewart Cooking School premiering Oct. 6 on PBS.

“It’s for the home cook, whether experienced or not,” explained Martha. “It’s for the new generation of young people who are dying to know how to cook and they’re going to learn a lot from the show.”

To learn more about her show and celebrating the birthday anniversary of Julia Child, listen to our full interview with Martha below!

For more information on Martha Stewart’s and PBS’ celebration of Julia Child’s 100th birthday anniversary, visit


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