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23 Quotes from the Wisdom of Julia Child

American TV chef and author Julia Child was born on August 15, 1912, in Pasadena, California. She revolutionized America cuisine though her cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961), and TV cooking show, The French Chef (1963). Child was well-received by her audience from the moment of her debut. She had a huge influence on the American culture as she became the subject of numerous popular cultural references, while inspiring several other works. She was ranked number 46 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest Stars of All time in 1996. Today, we honor Julia Child's birthday by sharing 23 quotes of wisdom from her:

 

On the importance of cake:

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"A party without cake is just a meeting."

 

On passion:

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

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

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

 

On drama:

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

 

On her thoughts of a diet:

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

 

On failure:

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

 

On the unknowable:

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

 

On her philosophy:

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"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!"

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

"...small helpings, no seconds, no snacking, and a little bit of everything."

 

On life:

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"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."

 

On United States:

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

 

On the French:

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

 

On always being prepared:

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

 

On perspective:

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

 

On fat:

"Fat gives things flavor."

 

On beauty:

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

 

On finding joy in simple pleasure:

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"People who love to eat are always the best people."

On marriage:

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"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."

"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."

 

On romance:

"I think careful cooking is love, don't you? The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who's close to you is about as nice a valentine as you can give."

 

On love:

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

 

On friendship:

"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."

 

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