Perfect for home cooks, Julia fans, and anyone who simply loves to eat and drink—a delightful collection of the beloved chef and bestselling author’s words of wisdom on love, life, and, of course, food.
"If you're afraid of butter, use cream." So decrees Julia Child, the legendary culinary authority and cookbook author who taught America how to cook—and how to eat. This delightful volume of quotations compiles some of Julia's most memorable lines on eating—"The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook"—on drinking, on life—"I think every woman should have a blowtorch"—on love, travel, France, and much more.
Some of culinary legend Child's notable quips and quotes are collected in this slim compendium culled from her writing, television appearances, interviews, and correspondence. Child's words are predictably clever ("Don't forget the butter the French never do!") and even inspiring ("Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it"), but this is a scanty selection, with fewer than 90 aphorisms, padded with illustrations of kitchen utensils. Remarks like "I'm a beet freak" and "Fat give things flavor" float in space, naked of any context. "No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing" and "You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces just good food from fresh ingredients" are encouraging bits of counsel, but they are concepts that have long permeated culinary culture, due in no small part to Child herself. The work concludes with a brief biography detailing Child's trajectory, including her Pasadena, Calif., upbringing, her degree from Smith College, her stint in Paris, and her famous tenure at PBS. When Child commands "Don't eat meekly!" one wishes this volume reflected that same adventurous spirit.