Julia Child, probably America's first, most influential, and most beloved TV chef, would have been 100 (one hundred?) on August 15; and Bob Spitz's splendid new biography Dearie is just one of many commemorations taking place. Julia's centennial birthday has inspired food-fueled and author-filled celebrations across the United States. 

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