“People who love to eat are always the best people.”
― Julia Child, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
What wise words and SO TRUE. The culinary great Julia Child was born on this day in 1912. It’s because of ladies like this that the food scene all over the world has grown. Did you know Julia Child didn’t start cooking until the age 32?! Her enthusiasm, fearlessness and straight upjoie de vivre changed American cooks and kitchens forever. And that laugh! Julia got Americans to drink wine with dinner, buy stinky, oozy cheeses and make bouillabaisse. She’s not perfect or far from polished, she’s just delightful. Today I thought I would share some of my fave Julia Child quotes for a bit of Friday foodie inspo.
1 | “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”
I loved food before it was ‘cool’ to like to cook and be called a foodie. Before Instagraming your dinner, lunch and breakfast was an everyday norm too. Food is such a huge part of my life, in fact I’m thinking about it pretty much 24/7. Without it I would quite frankly be lost. This quote is one of my all time favourites.
2 | “A party without cake is really just a meeting.”
Cake solves everything. Try eating a piece of rich oozing chocolate cake, a luscious lemony layered number or a sweet little sprinkle covered cupcake and tell me in that very moment you are not happy?! Point proven. Bottom line, don’t ever skip dessert and if there is no cake at a party that’s your cue to leave.
3 | “The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile.”
You don’t need to be at the front of the pack to feel accomplished. If you are doing what you love, what you believe in and what makes you happy, you have already won.
4 | “Cooking well doesn’t mean cooking fancy.”
Don’t worry about technical equipment, a state of the art kitchen nor ingredients to make something beautiful. Simple is always best. Cheese and ciabatta for dinner anyone?
I really need to invest in Julia’s collection of books but until then I will settle for re-watching the film based on her life, Julie and Julia (one of my faves actually!) and eating a croissant in true French style.