Iconic and beloved, Julia Child would have been 100 years old today. You'll probably see odes to her legacy all over the internet today, and we'll start here: For new and late-blooming cooks, Julia was an inspiration. (She was 32 when she started cooking.) For seasoned cooks, she offered better techniques and new ways of doing something. For the timid, she encouraged having fun, making mistakes, and learning something new. For the wild, she said careful cooking is love. And for the overly enthusiastic, the ones who flip a little too high, whisk a little too briskly, and mess up, don't fess up! Who will ever know, she said? More memorable quotes from Julia Child below:
The young hostess should be advised never to say anything about what she serves, in the way of 'Oh, I don't know how to cook, and this may be awful,' or 'poor little me,' or 'this didn't turn out'... etc. etc. It is so dreadful to have to reassure one's hostess that everything is delicious, whether or not it is. I make it a rule, no matter what happens, never to say one word, though it kills me. Maybe the cat has fallen in the stew, or I have put the lettuce out the window and it has frozen, or the meat is not quite done ... Grit one's teeth and smile. - January 19, 1953, in a letter to Avis
The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.
The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken. Bon appétit.
Learn how to cook - try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun.
I think careful cooking is love, don't you? The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who's close to you is about as nice a Valentine as you can give.
What are your favorite Julia Child quotes?
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