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Julia Child Quotes

Selected Julia Child Quotations

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Cookbook author and television cooking personality Julia Child introduced French cooking techniques to Americans in a way that was both entertaining and accessible. She's known for her distinctive voice and willingness to "make a mess" and for her popularization of cooking instruction.

Julia Child Quotes on Life

• Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.

• You must have discipline to have fun.

• Life itself is the proper binge.

• I think the inner person is the most important.... I would like to see an invention that keeps the mind alert. That's what is important.

• Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.

• Tears mess up your makeup.

• Everything in moderation, including moderation.

Julia Child Quotes on Friendship, Love and Marriage

• 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.

• 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.

• You find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make an honest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.

• The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they're right if you love to be with them all of the time.

• I wouldn't keep him around long if I didn't feed him well.

Julia Child Quotes on Cooking as Art

• Noncooks think it's silly to invest two hours' work in two minutes' enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet.

• It took architects years to get established, to show that they weren't just artisans, and that's what I hope will happen with gastronomy. For some reason people don't consider cooking a serious business, but it's like any discipline, and it's a passionate and fascinating one.

• Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music.

• It's so beautifully arranged on the plate -- you know someone's fingers have been all over it.

Julia Child Quotes on How to Cook

• 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!

• You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients.

• Once you have mastered a technique, you barely have to look at a recipe again.

• Be a fearless cook! Try out new ideas and new recipes, but always buy the freshest and finest ingredients, whatever they may be. Furnish your kitchen with the most solid and workmanlike equipment you can find. Keep your knives ever sharp and -- toujours bon appetit!

• The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a 'What the hell?' attitude.

• Always remember: If you're alone in the kitchen and you drop the lamb, you can always just pick it up. Who's going to know?

• In department stores, so much kitchen equipment is bought indiscriminately by people who just come in for men's underwear.

• I think every woman should have a blowtorch.

• Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need.

• The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken. Bon appétit. {attributed}

Julia Child Quotes on French Cooking and French Food

• In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.

• After one taste of French food ... I was hooked. I'd never eaten like that before, I didn't know such food existed. The wonderful attention paid to each detail of the meal was incredible to me. I'd never really drunk good wine before, and knew nothing at all about it. It was simply a whole new life experience.

• Cassoulet, that best of bean feasts, is everyday fare for a peasant but ambrosia for a gastronome, though its ideal consumer is a 300-pound blocking back who has been splitting firewood nonstop for the last twelve hours on a subzero day in Manitoba.

Julia Child Quotes on American Food

• It is the Americans who have managed to crown minced beef as hamburger, and to send it round the world so that even the fussy French have taken to le boeuf hache, le hambourgaire.

• How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?

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