Despite rumors to the contrary, Julia Child probably never actually said that.
But she should have, since she certainly agreed with the sentiment. What she definitely did say many times, regarding whatever happens in the kitchen, was “Who’s to know?” or “Who is going to see?”.
One of my favorite episodes of “The French Chef” was the famous potato show, which was partially recreated by Meryl Streep in the movie “Julie & Julia”, where Julia has a bit of a mishap when flipping her potatoes.
You can watch a comparison of Meryl Streep’s version and the original show on Youtube here.
I wonder what it would have been like if you could have put Elizabeth Zimmermann and Julia Child together in the same room. Watching either of their shows always cracks me up.
In her book “My Life in France”, Julia said “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.” Sounds like good advice for life in general.
Happy 100th Birthday, Julia. Thank you for bringing French cuisine to the American masses.