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Quotes of the Day for 15 August 2003 – Julia Child

Julia McWilliams was born at Pasadena, California on this day in 1912. After graduating from Smith College in 1934, she worked in advertising in New York City. When war broke out, the six-foot-tall Julia joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS, the precursor to the CIA) because she was too tall for the WACs or WAVEs. She served at Washington City, Ceylon, and China during the war, married a coworker and moved with him to Paris. Now Julia Child, she attended Le Cordon Bleu, then taught French cooking to visiting Americans. Back in the states, Julia invented the television cooking show, and was a fixture on public television for ages. I didn't want to add a one-word quote to the database, but when asked what her favorite ingredient is, the instant answer is "Butter!"

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The quotes:

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

You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients.

I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.

I wouldn't keep him around long if I didn't feed him well.

Life itself is the proper binge.

If it's beautifully arranged on the plate, you know someone's fingers have been all over it.
     - All from Julia Child

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