Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy 100th Birthday, Julia!

Today would have been the 100th birthday of the iconic woman and incredible chef, who inspired my love of cooking and all things "food".  On Saturday or Sunday mornings, I sat in front of our old black and white TV and watched, wide-eyed and eager to soak up all that I could, as she created everything from the most basic dishes to the most spectacular culinary works of art I could have imagined. And she did this with an incredible passion and an almost child-like enthusiasm. She had a way of making us believe we could cook the way she did with her common sense and realism and taught us that one should never apologize for a fallen souffle or a cracked flourless torte.

Well, she passed that passion and enthusiasm on to me. And she passed it on to millions of other boys, girls, women and men, who happily tie on that apron, light that burner and stir, stir, stir... all for the love of food and for the love of Julia.

So, with the help of this awesome remix, created by the brilliant minds at PBS Digital Studios, I'd humbly like to say:

Happy 100th Birthday, Chef Child. And thank you. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. (and all of my stomach)

I'll leave you with a few of my favorite Julia Child quotes...

"Maybe the cat has fallen into the stew, or the lettuce has frozen, or the cake has collapsed. Eh bien, tant pis. Usually one's cooking is better than one thinks it is. And if the food is truly vile, then the cook must simply grit her teeth and bear it with a smile, and learn from her mistakes."

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

"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?"

And my favorite quote of all...

"If you're afraid of butter, use cream."

Bon Apetit!


  1. As I'm sure you already know, I adore Julia Child! Her passion, her enthusiasm, her ability to make it look as though yes, we - we! - could make these grand and glorious foods ourselves. I have very few happy memories from childhood, but one is of watching The French Chef with my mother while I ate a pb&j. I don't remember any particular episodes or dishes from that time ('twas many moons ago, after all!), but I remember that it was just us two, that the food looked good, that it was FUN ... :)

  2. Ha - great post, her quotes. I should model myself after her philosophy. :)

  3. Gotta love that Julia!! How are you? Hope everything is going better.

  4. Oh I have tried so many of her recipes from her cookbooks and they are all just fabulous. Such a great cook and such an inspiration.

    Thanks so much for visiting and following, I am so happy to meet you. I look forward to more of your posts. I am your newest follower. Hugs, Marty

  5. Dear Julia! She took haute cuisine and made it something for all of us! ~ Maureen


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