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Quotes of the day: Julia Child

Published Wednesday, August 12, 2015 @ 1:37 PM EDT
Aug 12 2015

Julia Carolyn Child (born McWilliams; August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004) was an American chef, author, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her subsequent television programs, the most notable of which was The French Chef, which premiered in 1963. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A cookbook is only as good as its worst recipe.

Because of media hype and woefully inadequate information, too many people nowadays are deathly afraid of their food, and what does fear of food do to the digestive system? I am sure that an unhappy or suspicious stomach, constricted and uneasy with worry, cannot digest properly.

Being tall is an advantage, especially in business. People will always remember you. And if you're in a crowd, you'll always have some clean air to breathe.

Everything can have drama if it's done right. Even a pancake.

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

I hate organized religion. I think you have to love thy neighbor as thyself. I think you have to pick your own God and be true to him. I always say 'him' rather than 'her.' Maybe it's because of my generation, but I don't like the idea of a female God. I see God as a benevolent male.

I have trouble with toast. Toast is very difficult. You have to watch it all the time or it burns up.

I think anyone who is a carnivore needs to understand that meat does not originally come in these neat little packages.

In the 1960s, you could eat anything you wanted, and of course, people were smoking cigarettes and all kinds of things, and there was no talk about fat and anything like that, and butter and cream were rife. Those were lovely days for gastronomy, I must say.

It's hard to imagine a civilization without onions.

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

Life itself is the proper binge.

My, I get so depressed after a poor meal; that's why I can never stay in England for more than a week.

The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.

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

Why not just make the damn thing properly and eat less of it?
(on low-fat alternatives to traditional dishes.)


(August 13 is also the birthday of Alfred Hitchcock and Felix Adler.)

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