Julia Child changed how America cooked forever. Her bigger-than-life presence, and the mutual love she had with her audience brought French cooking — with its fresh ingredients, use of real food ingredients such as butter and cream — into focus for American cooks. She wasn’t only an excellent and enthusiastic host and a gifted cook, she was good with words too. She often had clever things to say.

Here are just a few of my favorite Julia Child quotes. Enjoy! 

1. "I believe in red meat. I often said: 'red meat and gin'." - "Chicago Tonight" interview

2. "Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go with a whimper." - Esquire, June 2000 edition 

3. "I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate." - from Biography Channel 

4. “People who love to eat are always the best people.” - from "Mastering the Art of French Cooking"

 5. “Fat gives things flavor.” 
 

6. “The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.” - Biography Channel, Backstage with Julia, and Culinary Institute LeNotre

Julia Child's kitchen
Julia's kitchen (Photo: F Delventhal/Flickr) 

7. “A cookbook is only as good as its poorest recipe.” -  The New York Times obituary of Julia Child, Esquire (June 2000 edition) 

8. “If you're afraid of butter, use cream.” 
 

9. “I think every woman should have a blowtorch.” from PBS
 

10. "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." - from "My Life in France"

11. "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." - from "My Life in France"

12. "To be a good cook you have to have a love of the good, a love of hard work, and a love of creating." - from "Particular Passions: Talks with Women Who Have Shaped Our Times"

13. "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." - from "My Life in France"

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