Friday, April 30, 2010

Advice From the Best


I don't believe in twisting yourself into knots of excuses and explanations over the food you make. When one's hostess starts in with self-deprecations such as "Oh, I don't know how to cook...," or "Poor little me...," or "This may taste awful...," it is so dreadful to have to reassure her that everything is delicious and fine, whether it is or not. Besides, such admissions only draw attention to one's shortcomings (or self-perceived shortcomings), and make the other person think, "Yes, you're right, this really is an awful meal!"

--Julia Child, My Life in France

Don't you just love her? Happy Friday!

13 comments:

  1. Oh, Julia! I am hosting a supper club next week, and I am creating the menu based around citrus. I plan to make the vanilla buttermilk cake with glazed organges you featured last week!!

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  2. i just finished reading "A Homemade Life" by Molly Wizenburg and I'm obsessed...I need more food writing in my life...maybe I'll grab Julia's book! Thanks for that!

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  3. Ugh, so true! Great post:) Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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  4. Enjoy that cake, NolaGirl! Can't wait to hear how it goes.

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  5. It's so, so true. I love to cook and I'm pretty good at it, but I do find myself saying things like "Not sure how this will taste..." or "Sorry if it's too dry/bland/spicy/etc" Confidence goes a long way. :-)

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  6. she definitely was something else and had a great attitude for life... have a nice one!

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  7. haha that's hilarious! I'll have to remember that quote

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  8. Great post! And I love the picture at the top ... it's really fun reading your blog :)
    Thanks for coming to mine!
    Denalee

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  9. This was a perfect time to sit and read your blog as I have a pecan pie in the oven and of course I "tweaked" the recipe a bit so it will be even more rich and buttery and fabulous! After I taste, I will share with The SoHo so she can pass it on to the world. One secret will be only the freshest pecans, if not in season, frozen, not packaged from the store. I know that limits us but YUM! Thanks for Julia's confidence factor today. I am not for apologetic cooks.....

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  10. You always inspire me to cook and I love that.

    Have a great weekend:)

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  11. great quote. i love her strength and confidence.

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  12. Ah yes, such a great quote! Thanks for sharing!

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