Quick, Julia! There’s a Nazi trying to get into your safe house. Throw that big fish at her before she busts in!
In a report out today, Julia Child has been named as one of the 24,000 people who worked as a covert agent for the OSS during World War II. You know Julia Child beat the schnitzel out of a few Nazis and then made them a delicious roasted chicken dinner afterwards.
The Guardian has the details:
Child was one of more than 24,000 covert agents working on behalf of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a second world war-era precursor to the CIA. Her fellow spies included professional baseball player Moe Berg, US supreme court justice Arthur Goldberg and Miles Copeland, the father of The Police drummer Stewart Copeland.
In new records released today by the US national archives, Child admitted she left a previous job in furniture advertising after personality conflicts with her employers.
“I made a tactical error and was out,” the French-cuisine guru wrote in her OSS application. “However, I learned a lot about advertising and wish I had been older and more experienced so that I could have handled the situation, as it was a most interesting position.”
Child, who died four years ago this week at age 91, applied for the spying post years before marrying Paul Cushing Child and opening her storied French cooking school, L’Ecole des Trois Gourmandes.
I bet you Julia’s signature voice isn’t real! Her real voice is probably sultry and velvety, but she didn’t want any of the Nazis to find her out. I love her even more now. Although, I can’t fuck with her recipes. I tried to make one of her recipes once and after I took a glance at it, I closed up the book and ordered Chinese. That shit is impossible.