What I’ve Learned: Julia Child

I love this Esquire interview with Julia Child. The theme is “What I’ve Learned” and I think the very first thing on the list should be memorized by every man, woman and child in this frighteningly health-conscious culture. “Fat gives things flavor.”

Further down, she says, “I’m awfully sorry for people who are taken in by all of today’s dietary mumbo jumbo. They are not getting any enjoyment out of their food. ”

She suggests: “Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health.”

Amen! [via Metafilter]

6 thoughts on “What I’ve Learned: Julia Child”

  1. “You need to enjoy the good things in life, but you need not overindulge.” is probably the one I should focus on, though (warning to my guests), the lamb one is perhaps the most true.


  2. “There is nothing worse than grilled vegetables”? I like grilled vegetables, and I can think of a lot of things that are far worse than grilled vegetables. (Ugh, like sea urchin.)

    But I love finding out about people’s secret indulgences. Like fish crackers.

  3. “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?”


    Reminds me of this one:

    If a lump of soot falls into the soup and you cannot conveniently get it out, stir it well in and it will give the soup a French taste.

    Jonathan Swift (regards to Recipe4Living.com for the quote)

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