Happy Birthday, Julia Child!

by cakeduchess on August 16, 2012 · 15 comments

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From her description of her first meal in France:
We began our lunch with a half-dozen oysters on the half shell . . . Rouen is famous for its duck dishes, but after consulting the waiter Paul had decided to order Sole Meunière . . . perfectly browned in a sputtering butter sauce with a sprinkling of chopped parsley on top . . . Then came the salade verte with a slightly acidic vinaigrette . . . Our first lunch together in France had been absolute perfection. It was the most exciting meal of my life.
To her witty and humorous quotes:
“Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”To all of her witty and humorous quotes: 

“I think one of the terrible things today is that people have this deathly fear of food: fear of eggs, say, or fear of butter. Most doctors feel that you can have a little bit of everything.”

“Learn how to cook — try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun.”

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

Julia had a personality that was bigger than life. I remember watching her black and white shows on PBS when I was a little girl with my mom. Her voice was mesmerizing and her laugh was infectious. Julia made French cooking seem unintimidating. Her charming personality still makes me smile today when I watch reruns of her shows with my kids. In an age where cooking stars are so in, Julia will always be our first real cooking star.
Happy Birthday, Julia! Thank you for inspiring so many. 

*all images found on google. First image was via Bachelor Kitchen from Facebook.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

The KitchenMaid August 16, 2012 at 1:36 am

Lovely post Lora – that quote sign is fantastic! I think the reason Julia Child struck a chord with so many people was that she was so utterly, unashamedly herself. There’s a lesson in that for all of us, don’t you think?

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 16, 2012 at 3:08 am

Such a great tribute to Julia, I love it! :)

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Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking August 16, 2012 at 3:24 am

beautiful tribute Lora! She’s such an inspiration!

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Lisa August 16, 2012 at 4:40 am

Love your tribute with all of those photos and great quotes, Lora..showcasing how lovely and full of life she was. The quote on the sign is awesome. She still lives with us :)

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MrsJenB August 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm

A true original!

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Jen @ Savory Simple August 16, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Words cannot express how grateful I am to Julia Child. She changed my life! I never would have gone to culinary school had I not read ‘My Life in France.’

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Cake Duchess August 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

This is wonderful to read, Jen. Congratulations to you on your culinary career. I’m happy you liked this little tribute:)

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Lizzy Do August 17, 2012 at 12:44 am

Lovely tribute to Julia! I watched her in black and white with my mom, too :)

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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 17, 2012 at 3:39 am

I love this post. Julia showed everyday women that great meals could be achieved by anyone. All it took was a book, guts and determination. We all owe her a lot or we’d be getting our recipes off the backs of boxes. :)

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Cake Duchess August 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Thanks Maureen:)She did pave the way for so many of us. An inspiration:)

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Susan Lindquist August 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Hurray! Great post, Lora! She was a true bon vivant!

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SweetSugarBelle August 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm

What a wonderful tribute! She was definitely someone to look up to!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary August 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I just loved Julia. Sometimes I think it’s because she was tall like me but I know it’s more than that. A bit crazy and unapologetic about it…that’s what I liked the best. She made me laugh long before she had a hand in my cooking experiences.

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Quay Po Cooks August 18, 2012 at 3:46 am

Great post Lora. My Quay Lo just old me that he watched her show all the time when he was a little boy:D

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Jenny @ BAKE August 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm

She was a wonderful lady, this is a fantastic post!

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