|“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.” – Julia Child|
August 15, 2012 marks what would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday. There are events going on throughout the country to honor her legacy, from special menus at restaurants to dedicated television programs.
PBS is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Julia Child's birth in August with classic episodes of her cooking shows, recipes galore and perhaps the ultimate online tribute: an auto-tuned remix.
The public broadcaster has released a video giving the legendary TV chef the auto-tune treatment, with clips from her 50 years of cooking shows set to a slow-jam beat. We challenge you not to get "Bring on the roasted potatoes!" stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
You can watch un-remixed episodes of Child's cooking shows and learn more about the 100th birthday celebration at PBS.org.
To celebrate the life of one of America's true culinary darlings, we've assembled some of Child's best quotes. These lines should hopefully make you smile, but mostly they show just why Julia Child is still so cherished today. Through her books and television programs, she demonstrated that cooking doesn't need to be intimidating and it's okay to make mistakes. The food world has evolved a great deal since Julia was starting out, and its tremendous growth is in large part attributable to her singular influence.
1. "The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook."
2. "Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all."
3. "If you're afraid of butter, use cream."
4. "The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken. Bon appetit."
5. "I think every woman should have a blowtorch."
6. "Fat gives things flavor."
7. "Maybe the cat has fallen into the stew, or the lettuce has frozen, or the cake has collapsed. Eh bien, tant pis. 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."
8. "I think one of the terrible things today is that people have this deathly fear of food: fear of eggs, say, or fear of butter. Most doctors feel that you can have a little bit of everything."
9. "I always give my bird a generous butter massage before I put it in the oven. Why? Because I think the chicken likes it -- and, more important, I like to give it."
10. "I think careful cooking is love, don't you? The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who's close to you is about as nice a Valentine as you can give."
11. "You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces -- just good food from fresh ingredients."
12. "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?"
13. "I just hate health food."
14. "Learn how to cook -- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun."
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