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  With her cookbooks and television shows, the late Julia Child both celebrated and helped demystify French cooking, inspiring countless American cooks along the way. One of them was chef Susan Spicer, and once again this year she is paying tribute to Child at Spicer's French Quarter restaurant Bayona (430 Dauphine St., 504-525-4455; www.bayona.com).

  Child would have turned 101 this week (Aug. 15), and to mark the anniversary Bayona is serving a special menu of dishes chosen from Child's classic French repertoire. The four-course meal costs $48 and is served nightly from Aug. 12-17.

  The Julia Child menu has been a summer tradition at Bayona since 2009, the same year the Hollywood film Julie and Julia was released. This being New Orleans, don't be surprised if some of the people partaking in the special arrive in costume. There are often a few Julia Child look-alikes in the dining room during the weeklong event.

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