Julia Child

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Julia Child (1912-2004), television chef.


  • A cookbook is only as good as its worst recipe.
    • Quoted in New York Times obituary [1]
  • The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.
    • Indirect quote on The National (CBC TV), Aug. 13


  • Everything in moderation, including moderation.
  • I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food I'm cooking.
  • I was thirty-two when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.
  • If you're afraid of butter, use cream.
  • Life itself is the proper binge.
  • Noncooks think it's silly to invest two hours' work in two minutes' enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, well, so is the ballet.
  • The best way to execute french cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken. Bon appétit.

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