What Happens in the Kitchen, Stays in the Kitchen

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.








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6 Responses to What Happens in the Kitchen, Stays in the Kitchen

  1. Chris says:

    I vaguely remember that mishap from reading the book Julia & Julia. 🙂

  2. Laurie says:

    What she says could apply to some of our knitting, too.

  3. margene says:

    EZ and Julia, both, had a great outlook on life!

  4. vicki says:

    Oh, they’d probably have been a hoot together!

  5. jill says:

    What a delightful comparison. I’d have loved being a fly on the wall had these two women been friends. Scratch that – I’d want to be part of that friendship!

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