Julia Child's book Mastering the art of French Cooking, and her groundbreaking television cooking shows revolutionized cooking in America. She introduced technique, and ingredients, urged home cooks to be fearless. She was a stickler for "one right way" to do things, I think you take the right way and do many many things that way.
Her kitchen, lock-stock-and-barrel, is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
Have you read any of her books, or watched videos of her cooking?