She was a great gourmet who had the taste and wit to present and promote so many chefs from around the world. Her knowledge of French and other cuisine, combined with her ability to make ordinary folks watching the show understand that they too could prepare meals this way made supper tables better for a great many people, represents a great contirbution to our culture.
Her life and service to our country should be remembered, she served in the OSS during WWII in the CBI theater, and her husband served in the CIA
afterwards (her cooking school was called the Culinary Institute of America, or CIA
Go see her kitchen in the Smithsonian, and remember that while she never saw a knife she did not buy, she only used three basic knives. And use real butter because nothing else tastes the same.