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Five Reasons Julia Child Is Better Than Any TV Chef Today

August 15, 2013

Julia Child1. She was a spy.

No, seriously, she was.  During World War II she worked for the Office of Strategic Services, which was the precursor for the CIA.  She worked in secret divisions in Washington, Ceylon (which is now Sri Lanka), and China.

Her life was fascinating, inside and outside the kitchen.

2. Her work was more than entertaining.

Today most cooking shows are there merely for entertainment.  Cooking has been elevated to an athletic event and as we all know with athletic events–there are only a few athletes and the rest of us just sit around watching and eating popcorn.  On cooking shows these days, cooking must be done faster, flashier, and with crazier and crazier ingredients.  Not so for dear Julia.  Her show and her books were not meant to be a spectator sport.  She said,  “I think you have to decide who your audience is. If you don’t pick your audience, you’re lost because you’re not really talking to anybody. My audience is people who like to cook, who want to really learn how to do it.” 

3. She was classy.

You know the movie Julie & Julia?  Yeah, Mrs. Child was so not impressed.  She wasn’t into publicity stunts.  Her editor spoke for her saying, “Flinging around four-letter words when cooking isn’t attractive, to me or Julia. She didn’t want to endorse it. What came through on the blog was somebody who was doing it almost for the sake of a stunt. She would never really describe the end results, how delicious it was, and what she learned. Julia didn’t like what she called ‘the flimsies’. She didn’t suffer fools, if you know what I mean.”

4, She wasn’t trendy.

No, rather she was timeless.  She didn’t follow what was currently popular to cook or eat.  She didn’t follow the latest nutrition fad–she embraced eggs, butter, cream, meat. She felt our obsession over avoiding fats and such would lead to the end of good food.  Anyone who has ever tasted “lite ice cream” or “fat-free brownies” will agree.  She said, “Everybody is overreacting. If fear of food continues, it will be the death of gastronomy in the United States. Fortunately, the French don’t suffer from the same hysteria we do. We should enjoy food and have fun. It is one of the simplest and nicest pleasures in life.”  Another time she said, “Fat gives things flavor.” 

She enjoyed her life until the very end.  Her last meal was French Onion Soup, at the ripe old age of 92.  Take that diet-dictocrats.


5. Her gift was far more than food.

Sure, she loved food–to cook it and to eat it.  But, the reason we all love her is because, I think we all wished we could pull up a stool to her kitchen counter and have a chat.  In the end, she was about people.  Food was a glorious means to an end.  She said, “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.”  She nurtured her marriage, too.  “We had a happy marriage because we were together all the time. We were friends as well as husband and wife. We just had a good time.”

Today would be her 101st birthday.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Julia!  You’re still the best!

(Linked to HomeAcre HopMotivation MondayManic Monday, Pin It Monday You’re Gonna Love It and Hope In Every Season)

6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2013 4:52 am

    Looking through some posts that were shared at our hop this morning (The HomeAcre Hop) and saw this one. I LOVE Julia!! She is my hero on so many levels. Great post. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. August 16, 2013 11:32 am

    I love all of your reasonings, but I think my favorite is #5. We have forgotten how important people and real relationships are…most things barely scratch the surface and true friendship (and love) must go so much deeper than that! Happy Birthday, Julia!

  3. August 19, 2013 6:58 am

    Yeah, definitely all reasons to love her! Plus her voice. Classic and classy! Thanks for linking up at Motivation Monday!

  4. carolapv permalink
    August 21, 2013 12:46 pm

    Didn’t know that first point–wow, she was a spy. She certainly did lead an interesting life and her enjoyment of the social aspect of meals was so apparent. Was pleased to see your linky title at the Homemaking Party.

  5. August 21, 2013 4:02 pm

    I didn’t know #1 ether. Very cool. Thanks for sharing!

    Please join us again Thursday at:
    The HomeAcre Hop


  6. August 22, 2013 2:40 pm

    I use to watch her on PBS( public TV) I thought she was great and funny. A very food loving woman..yes classy too. Great post!

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