Happy Birthday, Julia Child!
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.