Julia Child Quotes: The Woman Who Changed How America Cooks

Julia Child was a world-famous chef, author, and television personality. She is best known for her work in introducing French cuisine to the American public.

In 1963, Julia debuted her first television show, The French Chef. The show was an instant hit with viewers and ran for more than 10 years. In addition to teaching viewers how to cook French food, Julia also used her platform to advocate for better food policy in the United States. She was a strong supporter of mandatory nutrition labeling on food products and lobbied hard for stricter food safety regulations.

Julia continued to write cookbooks and host television shows until her retirement in 1999. She died in 2004 at the age of 91. In 2012, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Julia’s legacy continues to live on through her many cookbooks, television shows, and kitchen products that are still enjoyed by home cooks today.

Julia Child Famous Quotes

You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.

– Julia Child


You never forget a beautiful thing that you have made, Even after you eat it, it stays with you – always.

– Julia Child


A party without cake is just a meeting.

– Julia Child

A party without cake is just a meeting. - Julia Child


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!

– Julia Child

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! - Julia Child


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.

– Julia Child

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. - Julia Child


You learn to cook so that you don’t have to be a slave to recipes. You get what’s in season and you know what to do with it.

– Julia Child

You learn to cook so that you don’t have to be a slave to recipes. You get what’s in season and you know what to do with it. - Julia Child


The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile. I think of my strawberry soufflé. I did that at least 28 times before I finally conquered it.

– Julia Child


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

– Julia Child


Once you have mastered a technique, you barely have to look at a recipe again

– Julia Child

Once you have mastered a technique, you barely have to look at a recipe again - Julia Child


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.

– Julia Child


You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.

– Julia Child


If everything doesn’t happen quite the way you’d like, it doesn’t make too much difference, because you can fix it.

– Julia Child

If everything doesn’t happen quite the way you’d like, it doesn’t make too much difference, because you can fix it. - Julia Child


Until I discovered cooking, I was never really interested in anything.

– Julia Child

Until I discovered cooking, I was never really interested in anything. - Julia Child


A cookbook is only as good as its poorest recipe.

– Julia Child

A cookbook is only as good as its poorest recipe. - Julia Child


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?

– Julia Child


Just like becoming an expert in wine–you learn by drinking it, the best you can afford–you learn about great food by finding the best there is, whether simply or luxurious.

– Julia Child


Julia Child Food Quotes

People who love to eat are always the best people.

– Julia Child

People who love to eat are always the best people. - Julia Child


The more you know, the more you can create. There’s no end to imagination in the kitchen.

– Julia Child

The more you know, the more you can create. There’s no end to imagination in the kitchen. - Julia Child


I enjoy cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food…

– Julia Child

I enjoy cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food… - Julia Child


Tears mess up your makeup.

– Julia Child

Tears mess up your makeup. - Julia Child


You don’t spring into good cooking naked. You have to have some training. You have to learn how to eat.

– Julia Child


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

– Julia Child

The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook. - Julia Child


Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.

– Julia Child


See, when I flipped it, I didn’t have the courage to do it the way I should’ve. But you can always pick it up, and if you’re alone in the kitchen, who is going to see? But the only way you learn how to flip things is just to flip them.

– Julia Child


Cooking well doesn’t mean cooking fancy.

– Julia Child

Cooking well doesn’t mean cooking fancy. - Julia Child


Life itself is the proper binge.

– Julia Child


To be a good cook you have to have a love of the good, a love of hard work, and a love of creating.

– Julia Child

To be a good cook you have to have a love of the good, a love of hard work, and a love of creating. - Julia Child


It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate — you know someone’s fingers have been all over it.

– Julia Child

It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate — you know someone’s fingers have been all over it. - Julia Child


How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex?

– Julia Child


Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.

– Julia Child

Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it. - Julia Child


Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need.

– Julia Child

Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need. - Julia Child


If you don’t pick your audience, you’re lost because you’re not really talking to anybody.

– Julia Child


If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.

– Julia Child

If you’re afraid of butter, use cream. - Julia Child


Well, all I know is this—nothing you ever learn is really wasted, and will sometime be used.

– Julia Child


The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.

– Julia Child


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

– Julia Child


If you’re in a good profession, it’s hard to get bored, because you’re never finished — there will always be work you haven’t yet done.

– Julia Child

If you’re in a good profession, it’s hard to get bored, because you’re never finished — there will always be work you haven’t yet done. - Julia Child

Julia Child wasn’t just a TV chef; she was a trailblazer who changed the way America cooks. Through her cookbooks, TV shows, and foundation, she taught generations of Americans about good nutrition and how to make delicious meals using fresh, local ingredients—lessons that we all continue to benefit from today.

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