21 February 2012

Quotable Quotes: Julia's Advice on Cooking

Hello Dear Friends! Yesterday's test kitchen at Casa Walczak got me thinking about Julia as one of her quotes quickly fell into my head upon my disastrous recipe creation endeavor..."Never apologize for what happens in the kitchen." Therefore, I don't. In fact, I'll show you the results of what happens quite often in test kitchen in another post. Until then, when laziness, apathy or good old fashion frustration rears its ugly head in the kitchen let's try to remember Julia's wise advice.

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!” 

I think every woman should have a blowtorch.” 

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

...nothing is too much trouble if it turns out the way it should.” 

It's so beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it.” 

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

Just speak very loudly and quickly, and state your position with utter conviction, as the French do, and you'll have a marvelous time!” 

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.” 

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

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

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.” 

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