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Quotes of the Day for 14 August 2004 – Julia Child

Julia Child died in her sleep at her home at Montecito, California Thursday night (12 August 2004). Born Julia McWilliams at Pasadena, California on 15 August 1912, she would have been 92 tomorrow. 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. It probably isn't good for you on a regular basis, but I highly recommend taking a double serving of butter with dinner tonight. No, not something healthy for this, real butter, Julia's favorite ingredient.

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The quotes:

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

If it's beautifully arranged on the plate, you know someone's fingers have been all over it.

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

It's fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That's what human life is all about - enjoying things.

The main thing is to have a gutsy approach and use your head.

Life itself is the proper binge.
     - All from Julia Child, 1912 - 2004

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