Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Prawns in the Maelstrom

"Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child" by Jessie Hartland 

I grew up watching Julia Child, as my Mother always made sure we didn't miss when Julia was our local PBS station.  I still watch whenever she is on, I especially enjoy the repeats of "Jacques and Julia," when she cooked with the delightful Jacques Pepin. 

It has been a joy to see all the tweets and facebook posts and the news stories dedicated to Julia Child's 100th birthday, the Google doodle was especially sweet.  Julia Child was the original celebrity chef, the mark she left on the culinary world is just as indelible today as it was when she first appeared on PBS in her classic, brilliant show, "The French Chef.

Although Julia Child is gone, we can still learn from her, be inspired by her...

 “The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.” 

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

 “Fat gives things flavor.” 

“...small helpings, no seconds, no snacking, and a little bit of everything." 

And my very favorites... 

“...no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.” 

 “I was thirty-seven years old and still discovering who I was.” 

It's never too late to learn a new skill, to discover a new passion or rekindle a old one. You're never too old to find joy in learning and discovering! And in that spirit, I am currently teaching myself how to knit while nursing a strained hamstring from running with the dog when I had no business doing so.

Bon App├ętit!

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