Joy Does Not Go Out of Style

 

This is most worthy of your time. If you're a Julia Child fan, if you're a food history fan, if you want to hear various reflections on a life that was lived deliberately and with great joy. This panel of authors who knew her, studied her, wrote about her. I love that she had strong values but also was open and trying all along to improve. Great legacy from my idol. Lots of fun stories.

Julia Child: Culinary Revolutionary

There are some real gems that show why she has lasting relevance. Nose to tail eating, not wasting food, not settling for a bad meal. Not having children unless you're going to cherish them. Not giving in to food fundamentalism. Generosity. Tenacity. A good strong work ethic.

I recall her saying in one of her shows that you should ask your butcher or your fishmonger this or that. If they didn't have a proper answer or a proper attitude you were not to settle for that. Certainly that assumes some means, but at base it is a consumer-empowerment message that we can all do well to emulate. A lot of us are still trying to get that message across in so many ways.

Just this afternoon, I was saying, "learn what you can, share what you know, eat yummy stuff." That's Julia's influence right there. Then this evening Heidi at SavoryTV sent me this gift of a link. Thanks Heidi!!

Judith Jones, Julia Child's editor at Knopf and author of The Tenth Muse; My Life in Food; Molly O'Neill, former New York Times Magazine food columnist and author of The New York Cookbook; Joan Reardon, author of M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table; and Laura Shapiro, author of the Penguin Lives book, Julia Child.