Sunday, February 20, 2022


This is coolbert:

Child. Julia Child!

Famous American television personality and gourmet chef!

Her most famous recipe a shark repellent?

"Fillet of a fenny snake 

In the cauldron boil and bake.

Eye of newt and toe of frog,

Wool of bat and tongue of dog,

Adder’s fork and blindworm’s sting,

Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,

For a charm of powerful trouble,

Like a hell-broth boil and bubble." 

"Julia Child Was An OSS Agent Before She Was A World Class Chef"

The article from "War History Online" by Madeline Hiltz.

"Julia Child is best known for bringing delicious French food into American kitchens, but did you know she was an American spy during the Second World War? During the Second World War, Child was stationed in Asia working for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the organization that would eventually become today’s Central Intelligence Agency. Let’s take a look at Julia Child’s remarkable, albeit lesser-known, espionage career."

Julia tasked with formulating a shark repellent. Shark repellent as devised by Julia found to be only partially effective in deterring shark attack. Perhaps better than nothing?

"Julia After many trial-and-error, the research team that included Julia Child’s found an effective repellent. The final recipe was a mix of copper acetate and black dye. When mixed together, the scent smelled a bit like a dead shark to deter real sharks from attacking. According to several memos from mid-to-late 1943, tests showed the shark repellent to be over 60% effective in preventing shark bites."

I was for a long time aware of Julia's OSS service during World War Two. My understanding her mission confined only to teaching secret agents as parachuting into France the various aspects of Parisian cuisine, fine dining and such. This is not so and I stand corrected!


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