Sage Advice: Quotes by Julia Child

Being born in the 50’s, growing up in the 60’s and 60’s one may have heard about or seen Julia Child’s cooking show on television. You may have seen it in black in white or if you we fortunate in color.

I heard about Julia Child and knew about her cooking show, but as I recall, do not remember my parents ever turning on her cooking show.

Julia Child was born in California on August 15, 1912. She moved to Paris in 1949 where she enrolled in the infamous French Cooking school Cordon Bleu. She was the only woman in her cooking class. That, however, did not stop her from becoming a well recognized French Chef. In 1961, she co-authored a cooking book entitled Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Two years later, she returned to the United States and introduced America to the art of French Cuisine.

She debuted her television show The French Chef. During her show she would impart sage advice. That advice was not just about food though. She gave wise life lessons through the lens of cooking. Her show was on before the age of modern technology and thus was unedited. What you watched was live, if a mistake happen on the show, you saw it all. No edited out. It was real and her quips and reflections led to authenticity as me approachability in television.

Julia Child
On Her Cooking Show

Her sage advice is still pertinent in this day and age. Below are a few we can learn from today.

“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?”

Julia Child,
On Letting Go

“A cookbook is only as good as its poorest recipe.”

Julia Child,
On Excellence

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

Julia Child,
On Taking Risks

“The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile. I think of my strawberry soufflé. I did that at least 28 times before I finally conquered it.”

Julia Child,
On Diligence

“Just speak very loudly and quickly, and state your position with utter conviction, as the French do, and you’ll have a marvelous time!”

Julia Child,
On Confidence

“People are uncertain because they don’t have the self-confidence to make decisions.”

Julia Child,
On Indecision

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

Julia Child, On Creativity
Julia Child
Demonstrating her cooking lessons

Whether we heard her lessons when she was on tv back in the day or a current PBS Julia show or just from these quotes, we can all learn and apply her wise sage advice in our own lives.

God Bless. Thank you! Remember I appreciate y’all.

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