Today, August 15, would have been Julia Child’s 103th birthday. The groundbreaking culinary personality who introduced America to the art of French cookery is one of the nation’s most influential chefs.
Her life has been documented in countless books and, most recently, in the film Julie and Julia, where Meryl Streep portrays the chef perfectly. Child's television show, The French Chef, was the first cooking show to be a national hit. It not only taught Americans how to make sole meuniere and boeuf bouguignon, but also brought the popular phrase “bon appétit!” to a forefront—it’s the saying that Child closed her show with. She also said many more memorable things about food, and in honor of her birthday, here are the best Julia Child quotes.
“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”
"With enough butter, anything is good."
"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 enjoy cooking with wine; sometimes I even put it in the food."
"As you get older, you shouldn't waste time drinking bad wine."
"A party without cake is really just a meeting."
"It is hard to imagine a civilization without onions."
"People who love to eat are always the best people."
"Every woman should have a blowtorch."
“Just speak very loudly and quickly, and state your position with utter conviction, as the French do, and you'll have a marvelous time!"
“You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces—just good food from fresh ingredients.”
“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.”
“Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”
“I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.”
“In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.”
“Life itself is the proper binge.”
“Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.”
If you love to cook, you need a copy of Child’s introductory book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
What Julia Child recipes have you made?