Learning from Julia
Learning from Julia
One of the world’s most renowned and beloved chefs is the cheery and genuine Julia Child. Unlike most famous chefs, however, Julia did not grow up with a passion for cooking. In fact, her wealthy family had their own cook that made their daily meals. It was not until she met and married her husband, Paul, that she took up an interest in cooking in France.
Through her buoyant and authentic personality, Julia and her cooking shows introduced French cooking into American cuisine, and she inspired many women at home to take up cooking as a past-time. Julia made the art seem more simple and enjoyable rather than a daily dread.
Julia offers some great counsel on cooking to anyone listening:
“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”
Let’s break down this advice a little further.
Try New Recipes
It’s easy to get in the habit of making the same old dishes time and time again. If they work for you, that’s great! But it’s good to mix things up every now and then to keep your passion alive. There are literally thousands of recipes so easily accessible these days, and we even have a collection of our own. Be adventurous, and make that dish you’ve always wanted to but haven’t because it contains a new technique or ingredient you’ve never heard of. You never know what you’ll fall in love with!
Learn from Your Mistakes
“No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.” – Julia Child
And when you’re doing the “doing,” you’re sure to make mistakes… which is perfectly ok! Thankfully, cooking is not an exact science like its counterpart, baking. However, you can still burn the sauce, dry out the chicken, and over-season the soup. Consider these instances as learning experiences. Figure out why it happened, how to avoid it from happening in the future, and move on.
"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude." – Julia Child
This advice aligns perfectly with the two points above. If you let fear hold you back from trying, you’re just keeping yourself from new opportunities and experiences. When you’re in the kitchen, take on Julia’s relaxed and carefree attitude, and just go for it!
Everyday cooking shouldn’t be a huge, daunting task. If you’re not having fun, think about what you could do to make cooking more fun. Turn on your favorite music or movie in the background. Invite friends or family to cook with you. Experiment. Figure out how to simplify a recipe if it’s too complex. There are many ways to enjoy cooking more. Just get creative!
In what ways have you learned from Julia Child? We’d love to hear your experiences!