Five years ago, Rosanna Pansino was just a face in the crowd in Hollywood. Now she's one of the most recognizable faces on YouTube, where 6 million people - many of whom are young girls - subscribe to her Nerdy Nummies baking channel.
Over the years, Julia gave me -- and legions of other writers -- lots of advice about writing. Not just cookbooks, but about living the writing life in general. Her advice proved invaluable when I set out to write my first novel, Island Apart.
I fear that many Americans prefer to live with the illusion that celebrities are truly superhuman, rather than just slightly more gifted people with the power of big corporations -- and a phalanx of editors and ghostwriters -- behind them.