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25 Julia Child Quotes We Love

The Joy of Julia Child: 25 Quotes We Love

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

2.  “…no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.”

3. “People who love to eat are always the best people.”

4. “Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon, or not at all.”

5. “A party without cake is really just a meeting.”

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

7. “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients”

8. “Life itself is the proper binge.”

9. “As you get older, you shouldn’t waste time drinking bad wine.”

10. “With enough butter, anything is good.”

11. “It is hard to imagine a civilization without onions.”

12. “Everything in moderation…including moderation.”

13. “The main thing is to have a gutsy approach and use your head.”

14. “If you drop the lamb, just pick it up. Who’s going to know?”

15. “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”

16. “Fat gives things flavor.”

17. “With enough butter, anything is good.”

18. “Every woman should have a blowtorch.”

19. “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!.”

20. “The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile”

21. “In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.”

22. “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.”

23. “Of course, an old wine is like an old lady, and traveling can disturb her.”

24. “I discovered that when one follows the artist’s eye one sees unexpected treasures in so many seemingly ordinary scenes.”

25. “The more you know, the more you can create. There’s no end to imagination in the kitchen.”

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(Image credit: Paul Child/WGBH)