Our wonderful collection of Julia Child quotes captures the essence of her love of cooking, her lively personality, and her joie de vivre.
Julia Child, television personality and cook, brought French cooking to the everyday housewife. She grew up in Southern California.
Growing up, the family cooking was simple and straightforward with lots of fruits and vegetables. When Julia married Paul in the 1940s she had very little cooking experience. She enrolled in the Cordon Bleu when they lived in France for Paul’s job with the American Embassy.
Simone Beck, who was writing a French cookbook, asked Julia to join her as an American collaborator. With the success of their first book, Julia was invited to try out a cooking session on Public Television. The French Chef was launched in 1963. It featured the recipes in her award-winning book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
Best Julia Child Quotes
1.) Bon Appetit!
2.) A party without cake is just a meeting.
3.) With enough butter, anything is good.
4.) I’m not a chef. I think in this country, we use the term very loosely. I’m a cook and a teacher.
5.) People who love to eat are always the best people.
5.) Fat gives things flavor.
6.) Cooking well doesn’t mean cooking fancy.
7.) The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile.
8.) Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.
9.) Really, the more I cook the more I like to cook.
10.) Remember, No one is more important than people. In other words, friendship is the most important thing – not career or housework, or one’s fatigue – and it needs to be tended and nurtured.
Julia Child Quotes On Love
You are the butter to my bread and the breath to my life.
Romance is the icing but love is the cake.
The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time.
Creativity in the Kitchen Sayings
The more you know, the more you can create. There’s no end to imagination in the kitchen.
To be a good cook you have to have a love of the good, a love of hard work, and a love of creating.
Once an egg is taken out of the breakfast category and put to use as a hot entree, a luncheon, or a supper dish, it offers a great variety of presentations and you can draw on practically your whole cooking experience for its saucing and garnishing.
An excellent lunch or light supper need be no more than a good soup, a salad, cheese, and fruit.
You can always judge the quality of a cook or restaurant by roast chicken.
Advice on Learning To Cook
This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook — try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!
A good cook should be able to perform under any circumstances, but cooking is much easier, pleasanter, and more efficient if you have the right tools.
You learn to cook so that you don’t have to be a slave to recipes. You get what’s in season and you know what to do with it.
Never apologize for your cooking.
One of the secrets, and pleasures, of cooking, is to learn to correct something if it goes awry; and one of the lessons is to grin and bear it if it cannot be fixed.
You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces—just good food from fresh ingredients.
The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.
Nothing is too much trouble if it turns out the way it should. Good results require that one takes time and care.
You can save a tremendous amount of time, and also derive a modest pride, in learning how to use a knife professionally.
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon, or not at all.
Any disaster is a learning process.
Funny Julia Child Quotes
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?
I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.
It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate — you know someone’s fingers have been all over it.
I always give my bird a generous butter massage before I put it in the oven. Why? Because I think the chicken likes it — and, more important, I like to give it.”
I think every woman should have a blowtorch.
Shock is the reaction of some Americans we have encountered who learn that real French people living in France eat hamburgers.
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The French Chef Video: June 29, 1963
In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.
The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken.
I had come to the conclusion that I must really be French, only no one had ever informed me of this fact. I loved the people, the food, the lay of the land, the civilized atmosphere, and the generous pace of life.
Just speak very loudly and quickly, and state your position with utter conviction, as the French do, and you’ll have a marvelous time!
The French are magnificent with fish.
Once you have mastered a technique, you barely have to look at a recipe again.
Theoretically a good cook should be able to perform under any circumstances, but cooking is much easier, pleasanter, and more efficient if you have the right tools.
French Food Quotes
Sauces are the splendor and glory of French cooking, yet there is nothing secret or mysterious about making them.
A good French omelette is a smooth, gently swelling, golden oval that is tender and creamy inside. And it takes less than half a minute to make, it is ideal for a quick meal.
A good French pastry crust is tender, crunchy, and buttery.
Some of the most glorious dishes of the French cuisine have been created for chicken, and almost all the fundamentals of French cookery and sauce making are to be found somewhere in the chicken realm.
A chicken should taste like chicken and be so good in itself that it is an absolute delight to eat as a perfectly plain, buttery roast, saute, or grill.
Any cook or housewife is well advised to learn as much as possible about grades and cuts of beef, as a vague beef buyer is open to countless unnecessary disappointments and expenses.
The French are interested in vegetables as food rather than as purely nutrient objects valuable for their vitamins and minerals.
The memory of a good French pate can haunt you for years.
For a spectacular entrance, sprinkle sugar over a cooked fruit tart, caramelize it briefly under the broiler, pour on liqueur, and ignite it as you enter the dining room.
Personal Life Quotations
It’s fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That’s what human life is all about – enjoying things.
People who love to eat are always the best people.
This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all, have fun.
Remember, ‘No one’s more important than people!’ In other words, friendship is the most important thing—not career or housework, or one’s fatigue—and it needs to be tended and nurtured.
Celebrity has its uses. I can always get a seat in any restaurant.
Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.
We had a happy marriage because we were together all the time. We were friends as well as husband and wife. (And) We just had a good time.
I enjoy cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food.
Food, like the people who eat it, can be stimulated by wine or spirits.
A good, young, full-bodied red wine is the type you should use for cooking.
Even the most modest wine will improve if allowed to rest for several days before it is drunk.
Julia Child FAQs
Here are some frequently asked questions about Julia Child.
“Mastering the Art of French Cooking” was written with Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck.
Julia Child was born and raised in Pasadena, California. Her parents, John and Julia McWilliams, raised Julia, along with sister Dorothy and brother John.
Julia Child was 6’2″ tall.
Julie and Julia is a 2009 film directed by Nora Ephron starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep in the title roles.
By MJ O’Halloran
MJ is a writer based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her chocolate chip cookies recipe is a family favorite.
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