Julia Child was an American popular chef, writer and TV personality who brought gourmet French cooking into the average home cook’s kitchen.

Julia discovered her passion for cooking in her 30s, but before that, at the outbreak of World War II, she joined the Office of Strategic Services and worked as a file clerk

She came to appreciate French food after a six-year postwar stay in Paris where she attended he Cordon Bleu cooking school. Child formed a cooking school called L’Ecole des Trois Gourmandes (School of the Three Gourmets), with two other fellow students, and all of their work was later expanded into the two-volume Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The book proved to be a massive success due to its clear instructions, explanations and its many useful photographs.

Child’s knowledge, humour, and unique style helped her become even more popular after hosting the weekly cooking television show – The French Chef (one of the first American cooking shows).

In 1993, Child became the first woman inducted into the Culinary Institute Hall of Fame.

Here are 18 Julia Child quotes that will give you an appetite for life.


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

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

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!

Tears mess up your makeup.

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

A party without cake is just a meeting.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Life itself is the proper binge.

People who love to eat are always the best people.

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

The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile.

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.

Cooking well doesn’t mean cooking fancy.

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.