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A Tribute to Julia Child
August 15, 1912 - August 13, 2004

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"To cook is to create. And to create well...
is an act of integrity, and faith."



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"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure.
In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."

~ Julia Child

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Julia Child
August 15, 1912 - August 13, 2004

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La Belle Cuisine

Julia Child in her own words...


“Life itself is the proper binge.”

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

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got
to have a what-the-hell attitude."

"Non-cooks think it’s silly to invest two hours’ work into two minutes’ enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, well, so is the ballet.”

“I have trouble with toast. Toast is very difficult. You have to watch
it all the time or it burns up.”

“It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate – you know somebody’s
fingers have been all over it.”

“In department stores, so much kitchen equipment is bought indis-
criminately by people who just come in for men’s underwear.”

“I was 32 when I started cooking; until then I just ate.”

 "It is the Americans who have managed to crown minced beef as
hamburger, and to send it around the world so that even the fussy
French have taken to le boeuf haché, le hambourgaire."

“I would much rather swoon over a few thin slices of prime beef-
steak, or one small serving of chocolate, or a sliver of foie gras
than to indulge to the full on such nonentities as fat-free
gelatin puddings.”

"In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport."

From "Julia's Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques
and Recipes from a Lifetime in Cooking

"Once you have mastered a technique, you hardly need look
at a recipe again.”

 “The perfect vinaigrette is so easy to make that I see no reason
whatsoever for bottled dressings.”

 “It behooves us to choose eggs carefully and to treat them right.”

 “Of course you can buy a ready-made pie shell, but it’s a shame
not to have the know-how yourself.”

“When you have mastered a number of frostings and fillings,
cake making becomes just an assembly job.”

From "The Way to Cook":

The Way to Cook

“The egg, that perfect, pristine, primal object – we may not gobble it up as profusely now as we used to, but every mouthful should be memorable…”

 “Because of media hype and woefully inadequate information, too many people nowadays are deathly afraid of their food, and what does fear of
food do to the digestive system? I am sure that an unhappy or suspicious stomach, constricted and uneasy with worry, cannot digest properly. And
if digestion is poor, the whole body politic suffers.”

“An imaginary shelf labeled INDULGENCES is a good idea. It contains…French butter-cream fillings, gooey chocolate cakes, and all those lovely
items that demand disciplined rationing… They are for special occasions,
and when that occasion comes we can enjoy every mouthful.”

 “While attitudes about food have changed through these last years, fortunately the principles of good cooking have not. The more one
knows about it, the less mystery there is, the faster cooking becomes,
and the easier it is to be creative and to embrace new trends and ideas –
in addition, the more pleasure one has in the kitchen.”

 “Wine is essential with anything! Particularly omelettes for lunch.”

From "In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs":


  “Most important of all, food is a family affair and every meal (including breakfast) should be a joyous occasion. While we are here on this earth
we should not only be nourished by our food, we should also enjoy the infinite pleasures of the table – as well as enjoying the cooking of what
goes upon it.”

"Dining with one's friends and beloved family is certainly one of life's
primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and
eternal. In spite of food fads, fitness programs, and health concerns,
we must never lose sight of a beautifully conceived meal."


A selection of Julia Child recipes from our archives:
In Loving Memory of Julia:  First you take a leek...
Open-Faced Mediterranean Onion Tart
Beef Sauté with Cream and Mushroom Sauce
Beef Sauté with Fresh Tomato Sauce,
Olive and Herbs

Beef Sauté with Red Wine, Bacon,
Mushrooms and Onions

Paupiette of Beef Gargantua
Pot Roast of Beef (Master Recipe)
Bagels (with Lauren Groveman)
Brioche (with Chef Nancy Silverton)
Pumpernickel Loaves
Poached Fillets of Red Snapper
Salmon en Papillote
Sunday Night Pasta with Balsamic Vinegar
(with Lynne Rossetto Kasper)

Roast Chicken with Garlic and Lemon
(with Chef Gordon Hamersley)

Roast Turkey
Simple Sauté of Chicken with Herbs
Authentic Caesar Salad
Potato Salad American Style
Soulful Chicken Soup
Veloute Cream Soups
Stuffed Onions 
Zucchini au Gratin
Chocolate Buttermilk Fudge Cake
(with Chef Jim Dodge)

Chocolate Soup (with Chef
Jacques Torres)

Dessert Soufflés
Fruit Sherbet
Pate a Choux... a touch of magic!
Reine de Saba (Chocolate Almond Cake)
Tarte Tatin
Two Amazing Almond Cookies
Classic Mayonnaise
Classic Sauce Beurre Blanc
Classic Sauce Hollandaise
Classic White Sauces
Eggs by Julia (Master Recipes)
Savory Soufflés
Pate Brisée and Pate Sablée

A Tribute to Julia Child
Happy 90th Birthday, Julia!
A Tribute to Craig Claiborne
A Tribute to Eudora Welty
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