If legendary television chef and author Julia Child  were still standing, she'd be turning 101 years old today. Should you find yourself craving one of the culinary matron's masterpieces, flip on some reruns of The French Chef or In Julia's Kitchen With Master Chefs , then make yourself an authentic French recipe from scratch, courtesy of JC. Here are a few of our favorite ideas.
Reine de Saba
Julia Child 's Reine de Saba  (Queen of Sheba) cake, with chocolate-butter icing and dense, slightly-undercooked batter, was featured prominently  in the film Julie and Julia.
Moules à la Marinière
Mussel lovers can't go wrong with a classic recipe for mussels steamed in white wine , leeks, and herbs like bay leaf, thyme, and parsley.
One of Julia Child 's better-known recipes is the velvety potage parmentier or potato leek soup .
"While it does not require years of training to produce a juicy, brown, buttery, crisp-skinned, heavenly bird, it does entail such a greed for perfection that one is under compulsion to hover over the bird, listen to it, above all see that it is continually basted, and that it is done just to the proper turn," Julia Child  wrote of the quest for perfect roast chicken .
Moules à la Provençal
Even those on the fence about mussels will be drawn to the bubbling-brown, buttery gratin topping on these moules à la Provençal .
Julia Child 's cherry clafouti  is a textbook example of the traditional French dessert, which has a batter that's somewhere in between a pancake and flan.
Crêpes Fines Sucrées
These technically demanding crêpes fines sucrée  are not for the faint of heart, but once you practice getting the rhythm down, you'll see why they're held up so highly.