I just finished reading Julia Child's book, My Life in France.
This book describes how France gave her a passion for cooking she had never known. I have never watched any shows by Julia Child or even cooked any of her recipes, this book will change that!
Julia's husband, Paul, reminded me so much of Anthony. He encouraged Julia to pursue her dreams and helped her along the journey. When speaking of Paul's photography and his paintings, Julia wrote:
I discovered that when one follows the artist's eye, one sees unexpected treasures in so many seemingly ordinary scenes - (p. 42)
In relationship to cooking, I am taking these quotes to heart:
Never apologize. When one's hostess starts with self-deprecations...it is so dreadful to have to reassure her that everything is delicious and fine, whether it is or not. Besides, such admissions only draw attention to one's shortcomings (or self-perceived shortcomings), and make the other person think you're right. Usually one's cooking is better than one thinks it is. And if the food is truly vile...then the cook must simply grit her teeth and bear it with a smile--and learn from her mistakes - (p. 71)
[Speaking of bread making] You have to do it and do it, until you get it right - (p. 254)
Nothing is too much trouble if it turns out the way it should. Good results require that one take time and care - (p. 302)
I loved that Julia referred to writing her cookbook as cookery-bookery! What a fun way of describing the writing process.
I want to learn how to make a mistake and move on, like Julia:
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 - (p. 242)
The friendships Paul and Julia had were a great example to me. When thinking about travelling they almost decided not to, they quickly changed their minds:
But then we looked at each other and repeated a favorite phrase from our diplomatic days: "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 - (p. 243)
I really appreciated Julia's passion for cooking/baking. This quote summarizes her feelings about being in the kitchen:
A careful approach will result in a magnificent burst of flavor, a thoroughly satisfying meal, perhaps even a life-changing experience - (p. 302)
My favorite quote from the entire book was regarding the process of writing "From Julia Child's Kitchen Cookbook" and describing what it was about:
And the great lesson embedded in the book is that no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing. 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! - (p. 297)
I would definitely recommend this book as the starting point to discovering who Julia Child was and what inspired her, namely la bella (her beloved) France!
Have you read any books by Julia Child? What have you been inspired by lately?