I couldn’t help but start the year off with the incomparable Julia Childs.
“Upon reflection, I decided I had three main weaknesses: I was confused (evidenced by a lack of facts, an inability to coordinate my thoughts, and an inability to verbalize my ideas); I had a lack of confidence, which caused me to back down from forcefully stated positions; and I was overly emotional at the expense of careful, ‘scientific’ though. I was thirty-seven years old and still discovering who I was.”
“Being tall is an advantage, especially in business. People will always remember you. And if you’re in a crowd, you’ll always have some clean air to breathe.”
“You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.”
“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”
“Life itself is the proper binge.”
“…nothing is too much trouble if it turns out the way it should.”
“Everything in moderation… including moderation.”
“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.”
“I think the inner person is the most important…. I would like to see an invention that keeps the mind alert. That’s what is important.”
“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”
“There are only four great arts: music, painting, sculpture, and ornamental pastry- architecture being perhaps the least banal derivative of the latter.”
“The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken. Bon appétit. ”
“…no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.”
“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”
“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.”
“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?”
Finally I had to include this image for nothing more than the fact that at five feet ten (Paul) to her six feet two (Julia) these two should not fit in the tub. And yet they do!
Lasty Quintessential Julia on David Letterman
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Fantastic article, Dana! Thanks for including a pic from my site.