Friday, August 15, 2014

Happy Birthday, Julia Child!

If she were still alive, Julia Child would have been 102 today.  I was surprised when I recently learned she didn’t start cooking until she was 32!  Actually, up until then she worked for the OSS (which later became the CIA) as a top secret researcher.  Who knew!? 

Cooking shows are everywhere nowadays.  I love watching 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray and Master Chef with Gordon Ramsey (especially the Junior edition – I can’t believe such young kids can cook such intricate dishes!)  But Julia Child was the real pioneer when it came to cooking on TV – The French Chef premiered in 1963 and was one of America’s first cooking shows.  You can see a few clips here in this tribute to her 100th birthday in 2012:  

I love how enthusiastic she was about food – and that she wasn’t afraid to share when she made mistakes.  If she didn’t even start cooking until 32, and then became one of the world’s most distinguished chefs, that means there is no excuse for anyone who says they can’t cook! 

I came across dozens of inspiring quotes by Julia - I thought I’d share a few of them:

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”

“No one is born a great cook; one learns by doing.”

“Dining with one’s friends and beloved family is certainly one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal.”

“You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.”

“It’s fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day.  That’s what human life is all about – enjoying things.”

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure.  In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”

“A party without cake is just a meeting.”

“Everything in moderation.  Including moderation.”

“The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken.”

“People who love to eat are always the best people.”

“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun.”

“I enjoy cooking with wine.  Sometimes I even put it in the food I’m cooking.”

 “Find something you are passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”

This last one is my favorite – even if you have no interest in cooking, find something that you enjoy and keep with it!    

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