Best Julia Child Quotes About Chicken, Pancake, and Life

Julia Child holding a dressed chicken
Celebrating the 100th birthday of legendary chef, Julia Child through her quotes about cooking, which can aptly be applied to life itself.

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

“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!” 

“Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” 

“The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken. Bon app├ętit. ” 

“Life itself is the proper binge.” 

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

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

“I think every woman should have a blowtorch.” 

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

“Everything in moderation... including moderation.” 

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

“Fat gives things flavor.” 

The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It's doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile. I think of my strawberry souffle. I did that at least twenty-eight times before I finally conquered it.

“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.” 

“We ate the lunch with painful politeness and avoided discussing its taste. I made sure not to apologize for it. This was a rule of mine.I don't believe in twisting yourself into knots of excuses and explanations over the food you make...Usually one's cooking is better than one thinks it is. And if the food is vile,...then the cook must simply grit her teeth and bear it with a smile- and learn from her mistakes.” 

Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper. Everything can have drama if it's done right. Even a pancake.

I don't think about whether people will remember me or not. I've been an okay person. I've learned a lot. I've taught people a thing or two. That's what's important. Sooner or later the public will forget you, the memory of you will fade. What's important are the individuals you've influenced along the way.

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?

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