JULIA CHILD WAS A SPY! ZOMG! WHAT? REALLY? Okay

Pax Arcana

I don’t know quite how to put this, but… I’m kind of a big deal.

I must be, because while everyone else in the world — including the Associated Press, Matt Lauer, Carmen San Diego, and ManBearPig — were totally ohmygodding about the recently uncovered evidence of Julia Child’s service in the OSS during World War II, Pax Arcana was all like “whatevs, that shit is old news.”

Hell, way back in 2002, the National Women’s History Museum had an exhibit called Clandestine Women: The Untold Stories of Women in Espionage. Can you guess who was featured in that exhibit? I’ll give you a hint. It was Julia Child.

Also, her spying days were included in a 1998 book called “Sisterhood of Spies,” the prequel to the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.”

Shit, the CIA posted a long passage about Child and the OSS last year, and most obituaries mentioned it when she died in 2004.

Anyway, Andrew Ryan of the Globe sums it up nicely:

The Cambridge chef’s tenure with the Office of Strategic Services was about as top secret as her recipe for Coq au Vin.

I don’t know why this bothers me so much. Coq au Vin is awesome. I need a vacation.

Revealed: Julia Child was a U.S. spy in World War II [Newsday]
Not top secret: Julia Child’s work for spy agency [Globe]

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One response to “JULIA CHILD WAS A SPY! ZOMG! WHAT? REALLY? Okay

  1. I was visiting a friend in DC a few months ago and went to that spy museum, and I’m quite sure she was featured there in the “famous spies” wing. I can’t figure out why this is a story either.

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