Julia Child Improvises (With Blowtorch) on Letterman

Vintage Video

"Well, I mean, if you come to a place where they don't have the proper kind of cooking equipment, you bring your own stuff."

Given David Letterman's recent, ahem, notoriety in the popular press, we couldn't resist showing you this 1987 clip with him and Julia Child. Julia was trying to make a hamburger but something apparently went wrong. So she improvises, to devastating effect, keeping Letterman's sarcasm at bay with a blowtorch and her natural wit.

Previous Vintage Video: M.F.K. Fisher on Bread and Hunger

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.