By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (February 11, 2022) – In Issue 2022-029 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we meet “The French Chef” Oui, Oui! Magnifique!


In February of 1963, the American TV viewer was introduced to a new way of cooking and a new TV personality.  “The French Chef”, starring Julia Child, premiered on local public television stations across the nation.

French cooking was considered too complex and expensive for American home cooking, but Julia Child introduced home chefs to new and fresh ingredients and encouraged them to try more complicated recipes than they might usually tackle.

In all 206 episodes were aired and are still considered a hallmark of cooking shows.  The chef’s fondness for wine, butter, and cream endeared her to the audience.

Did you know that Julia Child had other skills beside cooking?  She may have been a World War II spy.  That is because she had a high security clearance in the OSS, the CIA’s precursor, and was able to move freely among people who had a lot of secrets.

I bet you expected a map of France, but you get a map of 1876 California by Mitchell.  Why?  She was born and died in California.

Map of California – 1876 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.