Today is Julia Child’s 101st birthday. Dinner with friends is planned for tonight, of course. I was going to make something with lots of butter and cream, but it’s a beautiful fall day in the middle of August and I have to be outside enjoying it. Instead, I’ll split and roast a chicken, take extra care with the vegetables and make a dessert topped with whipped cream. The wine will be French, of course.
There is a recipe for Broiled Butterflied Chicken in Child’s The Way to Cook book. It’s the most dog-earred book in my cookbook bookcase and the one most often given as a gift. For a Mark Bittman video to show you how to butcher a chicken, which you won’t have to do all of for Julia’s recipe, see