If you guessed today, August 15, you’re right!
Go buy yourself a plate of nachos as a prize. Or a French dish… Or tickets to a music festival. Whichever you’d enjoy most.
WHAT A DAY!
August 15 is a big day in the world of cuisine as it happens to be the birthday of both Julia Child (1912) and Ignacio Anaya Garcia (1895).
Julia Child, in case you don’t know, was a hugely popular and influential chef, cooking show host and author whose career spanned decades and helped change the way Americans cook. She is a household name to this day and her cookbooks continue to inspire home chefs to try their hand at French cuisine.
Ignacio Anaya Garcia worked in the El Moderno restaurant in the Texas-Mexico border town of Piedras Negras in 1943 when a group of American women came in looking for a quick snack. The kitchen was shutting down for the evening (or, depending on which story you hear, hadn’t finished setting up for lunch) and didn’t have any food ready so Ignacio threw together some ingredients and called it “Nachos Especiales.” Nachos were here to stay!
And, as if that wasn’t enough to make today special, today is also the 50th anniversary of the opening of the original Woodstock music festival!
Joe Cocker performs in front of huge lighting- and soundtowers
In honor of everything connected with this special day, here is a short and eclectic list of books for you to enjoy.