Particular Passions

Particular Passions: Talks with Women who Shaped our Times

Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Julia Child - whose love of French Culture brought the culinary arts to America.

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Julia-Child-wborder-WEB"To be a good cook you have to have a love of the good, a love of hard work, and a love of creating. Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music. And cooking draws upon your every talent—science, mathematics, energy, history, experience—and the more experience you have the less likely are your experiments to end in drivel and disaster. The more you know, the more you can create. There’s no end to imagination in the kitchen."  Julia Child -- Particular Passions: Talks with Women Who Shaped Our Times, by Lynn Gilbert. PPMobileBannerChildFor a limited time, enjoy the a free chapter of Particular Passions on Facebook.

The oral biography of Julia Child, whose love of French culture and cuisine brought a renewed appreciation for the culinary arts in America.

Julia Child - whose love of French Culture brought the culinary arts to America.

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Julia-Child-wborder-WEB"I think you have to decide who your audience is. If you don’t pick your audience, you’re lost because you’re not really talking to anybody. My audience is people who like to cook, who want to really learn how to do it. I don’t pay any attention to other people because they wouldn’t look at such a program anyway. I’m a teacher. I like it. I want people to be able to do things that will turn out properly. Of course, I am interested in people who want to learn, and my books are written for people who really want to cook, and to cook the right way. If you are going to make French bread, for instance, you want to make the best possible bread—or, at least, I think you should want that. It should have the best possible texture and taste, and if it doesn’t, why bother doing it?" Julia Child -- Particular Passions: Talks with Women Who Shaped Our Times, by Lynn Gilbert. PPMobileBannerChildFor a limited time, enjoy the a free chapter of Particular Passions on Facebook. The oral biography of Julia Child, whose love of French culture and cuisine brought a renewed appreciation for the culinary arts in America.

JULIA CHILD, LESSONS IN THE KITCHEN AND LIFE

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Who more than Julia Child, brought the joy of cooking into our lives, and our lives back in to the kitchen.  From her we learned new skills, mastering the art of French Cuisine, even savoring moments over a hot stove for the satisfaction of gathering family and friends to share in epicurean feasts.

Julia worked for the Office of Strategic Services eventually married and when they were sent to France, in wonderment she said  “I was hysterical about everything in France. I thought it was so wonderful, and it took me several years at least to calm down and not be so pro-French. After one taste of French food, after our very first meal in France, at Rouen,…after that first unforgettable lunch, I was hooked. I’d never eaten like that before, I didn’t know such food existed. ….. It was simply a whole new life experience.” - Particular Passions:  Talks with Women who Have Shaped our Times.

The two volumes of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” she and her collaborators produced after 9 years are the most thorough teaching books on French cooking technique in the English language.  She transformed our lives, just as she had transformed her own.

“Set up a situation that presents you with something slightly beyond your reach.” -  Brian Eno

Read the brief oral biography of Julia Child, whose love of French culture and cuisine brought a renewed appreciation for the culinary arts in America.

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