Authors: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A collection of thoughts and quotations by Julia Child on cooking, food, diets, joy, learning, friendship and life.

61 Notable Quotes By Julia Child, The Celebrated American Chef

Famous As: Chef
Born On: August 15, 1912
Died On: August 13, 2004
Born In: Pasadena, California
Died At Age: 91
Electronic and print media devotes a lot of its time towards the culinary world .Among the pioneers of this development was a lady who emerged as a legend and started a revolution. Julia grew up in an environment where she was never connected to food yet shebecame the first one to bring the French cuisine to American public with her very first cookbook, “Mastering The Art of French Cooking”. Her physical height did not allow her to join the Army during the war, but she managed to join the ‘OSS’. In 1948, she moved to Paris with her husband and that’s where she devoted herself to French cooking and joined ‘The Cordon Bleu’, the world’s largest hospitality education institution. Educating herself there, she emerged as a star of the culinary world, and went on to teach millions, through her books and TV shows ,“The French Chef” being the most sought-after. In a bid to impress her husband with her cooking, Julia Child became a legend in the culinary world. Her writings, sayings, quotations and books still serve as a Bible to all cooking enthusiasts. We sure can get inspired by her work, thoughts, writings and quotes!
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A party without cake is just a meeting

Julia Child

Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.

Julia Child

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

Julia Child

The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.

Julia Child

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

Julia Child

If you're afraid of butter, use cream.

Julia Child

You'll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.

Julia Child

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!

Julia Child

I think every woman should have a blowtorch.

Julia Child

How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex?

Julia Child

Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need.

Julia Child

Life itself is the proper binge.

Julia Child

...no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.

Julia Child

...nothing is too much trouble if it turns out the way it should.

Julia Child

You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients.

Julia Child

Fat gives things flavor.

Julia Child

It's so beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it.

Julia Child

You are the butter to my bread,and the breath to my life

Julia Child

People who love to eat are always the best people.

Julia Child

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.

Julia Child

Until I discovered cooking, I was never really interested in anything.

Julia Child

You never forget a beautiful thing that you have made,' [Chef Bugnard] said. 'Even after you eat it, it stays with you - always.

Julia Child

We had a happy marriage because we were together all the time. We were friends as well as husband and wife. We just had a good time.

Julia Child

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.

Julia Child

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

Julia Child

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

Once you have mastered a technique, you barely have to look at a recipe again

Julia Child

But I was a pure romantic, and only operating with half my burners turned on.

Julia Child

The sweetness and generosity and politeness and gentleness and humanity of the French had shown me how lovely life can be if one takes time to be friendly.

Julia Child

Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.

Julia Child

To be a good cook you have to have a love of the good, a love of hard work, and a love of creating.

Julia Child

She was my first cat ever, and I thought she was marvelous.

Julia Child

I was thirty-seven years old and still discovering who I was.

Julia Child

...small helpings, no seconds, no snacking, and a little bit of everything. - Julia Child

Julia Child

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

Julia Child

...the waiters carried themselves with a quiet joy, as if their entire mission in life was to make their customers feel comfortable and well tended.

Julia Child

There are only four great arts: music, painting, sculpture, and ornamental pastry- architecture being perhaps the least banal derivative of the latter.

Julia Child

We hit it off immediately, especially Helene, who was a 'swallow-life-in-big-gulps' kind of person.

Julia Child

We are so bemused by our own petard, that we are unable to look at things objectively.

Julia Child

If you don't pick your audience, you're lost because you're not really talking to anybody.

Julia Child

...operational proof...it's all theory until you see for yourself whether or not something works.

Julia Child

I'm not a chef. I think in this country, we use the term very loosely. I'm a cook and a teacher.

Julia Child

You don’t spring into good cooking naked. You have to have some training. You have to learn how to eat.

Julia Child

It's easy to get the feeling that you know the language just because when you order a beer they don't bring you oysters. (Paul Child)

Julia Child

Was it a sign of Creeping Decrepitude?

Julia Child

I'm afraid that surprise, shock, and regret is the fate of authors when they finally see themselves on the page.

Julia Child

It was fun, although we felt like pawns, or prawns, in the maelstrom.

Julia Child

Good french cooking cannot be produced by a zombie cook.

Julia Child

...The more I learned the more I realized how very much one has to know before one is in-the-know at all.

Julia Child

If variety is the spice of life, then my life must be one of the spiciest you ever heard of. A curry of a life. -Paul Child

Julia Child

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

Julia Child

But how nice it is that one can come to know someone just through correspondence, and become really passionate friends.

Julia Child

In France, Paul explained, good cooking was regarded as a combination of national sport and high art, and wine was always served with lunch and dinner. "The trick is moderation," he said.

Julia Child

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

Julia Child

I believe in red meat. I've often said: red meat and gin.

Julia Child

Illegitemus non carborundum est (“Don’t let the bastards grind you down”).

Julia Child

I could at times be overly emotional, but was lucky to have the kind of orderly mind that is good at categorizing things

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Had been a year earlier. Looking back, it had been a year of growth. Paul’s personality had enlarged, he’d gained further wisdom, if not salary,

Julia Child

Celebrity has its uses. I can always get a seat in any restaurant." Source: Esquire Magazine, June 2000 original edition

Julia Child

Well, all I know is this—nothing you ever learn is really wasted, and will sometime be used.

Julia Child