Julia Child: 5 Insights Into The Endearing Personality Behind The Chef's Jacket

Julia Child: 5 Insights Into The Endearing Personality Behind The Chef's Jacket

A 6'2" American chef, CIA agent and Renaissance woman.
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Julia Child was born in 1912 in Pasadena, California. She is best known for her career as an American chef (specializing in French cuisine) and as a T.V. personality. This past August 15th would have been her 105th birthday. Julia is a legend in my book and ranks high on my list of "Top 10 People Dead or Alive I Would Invite to a Dinner Party." Unbeknownst to many, Julia took 32 years to arrive at her culinary epiphany that led to her cooking career; she says that up until then, "she just ate."

Thanks to her husband, Paul Child, Julia became inspired to pursue the culinary arts dining with him in a restaurant in Rouen, France.

If anyone has ever watched one of Julia's cooking show reruns or indulged in an authentic French dish from one her multiple cookbooks, you can thank Julia's beloved husband.

I recently dedicated some time researching and getting to know Julia through a project I was assigned. The following are a collection of five facts and quotes from the endearing chef:

1. She had a successful career in the CIA

Many are aware that Julia was honored by the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) for her culinary success but few are aware that she also worked with the other CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). At the time, the CIA was known as the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) and while Julia was working for them, she devised a recipe for shark repellent that was used by the Navy.

2. "There is little in life that could not benefit from a little love, a little time, and a stick of butter."

Oh, Julia. You always have the right answer to solving problems.

3. Her husband quit his job to work with her.

Julia was always careful to refer to her cooking career as a "team" effort. She always used "we" rather than "I" when talking about her career. The two lovebirds had an intriguingly progressive relationship. In one of her cookbooks, Julia thanks Paul for being her "porter, dishwasher, official photographer, mushroom dicer and onion chopper, editor, fish illustrator, manager, taster, idea man, resident poet, and husband." Talk about a honey-do-list.

4. "Every woman should have a blowtorch."

I imagine a woman carrying a blowtorch would be much more effective than a keychain full of mace. Blowtorch bonus feature: you can't cook a creme brulee using mace.

5. She has received the highest civilian honors from the U.S. and France.

Julia, you were a badass in every possible way and deserve to be remembered as such.

I'd say it's time to do as Julia would do and load up on some butter, enjoy a French meal and eagerly await the upcoming ABC series that is going to be based on Julia's life in the CIA. Au Revoir!

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26 Terms You Use Now That Mean Something WAY Different To Your Parents

Generation X and Generation Y speak different languages.
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1. "Tea"

How your parents use it: an ordinary drink, just like coffee and soda.

How you use it: to suggest all the drama that's been brewing amongst your friend group that is just waiting to be spilled.

2. "Lit"

How your parents use it: the past tense of "light", as in when you light a candle.

How you use it: another way of saying "cool" or "awesome".

3. "Rip"

How your parents use it: tearing something apart as to break it.

How you use it: a faster way of saying R.I.P.; this is used when lamenting and complaining about any unfortunate event.

4. "Post"

How your parents use it: a piece of writing.

How you use it: to upload a kind of content onto a social media platform, such as Instagram.

5. "Snap"

How your parents use it: a movement in which you place your fingers together in a certain way to make a "snapping" sound.

How you use it: a message sent or received via the social media app called Snapchat.

6. "Woke"

How your parents use it: the past tense of "wake", as in waking up from a nap.

How you use it: to be informed about a relevant and important issue.

7. "Pull"

How your parents use it: to exert force upon something by grabbing it and moving it towards yourself.

How you use it: to successfully flirt with someone and to obtain the desired bond between the two of you.

8. "Snack"

How your parents use it: a small, light meal.

How you use it: an incredibly good looking person who is usually dressed well and just looks like an overall masterpiece. By the way, if someone's looking extra fine, you can refer to them as a "full-course meal".

9. "L"

How your parents use it: the twelfth letter of the alphabet.

How you use it: when you took a real loss when doing something. You basically failed.

10. "Shook"

How your parents use it: the past tense of "shake", as in moving something back and forth.

How you use it: to be absolutely baffled by something.

11. "Beat"

How your parents use it: to strike something repeatedly.

How you use it: the state of feeling extremely messed up, tired, or just overall crappy.

12. "It's fine, I'm fine, everything's fine"

How your parents use it: something that you say when everything is truly alright.

How you use it: something that you say when everything is going truly awful but you need to convince yourself that everything is going to be alright.

13. "Ghost"

How your parents use it: a supernatural entity.

How you use it: not responding to someone via social media or text message.

14. "Stan"

How your parents use it: a name for a man.

How you use it: to fully support a relationship, which can be either a fictional or a real-life relationship. Friendships can be supported, as well.


15. "Salty"

How your parents use it: the taste of a concoction containing quite a bit of salt.

How you use it: to be extremely hostile, bitter, angry, or upset with someone (or something).

16. "Whip"

How your parents use it: a hard, leather strip used for slapping and beating someone (as shown in the Fifty Shades of Grey series) or something.

How you use it: a car.

17. "Mad"

How your parents use it: the emotional feeling that is equivalent to anger and bitterness.

How you use it: another way of saying "a lot" or "very".

18. "Tight"

How your parents use it: fixed closely to an object, so it is hard to move.

How you use it: another way of saying "cool", "nice", or other such adjectives.

19. "Ice"

How your parents use it: a cold, solid form of water.

How you use it: a term used to describe jewelry.

20. "Extra"

How your parents use it: an additional and excessive amount of something.

How you use it: to be extremely over-exaggerated in one's actions.

21. "Dip"

How your parents use it: to take a brief swim in a body of water or to quickly place an object into a liquid of some sort.

How you use it: to make an exit.

22: "Sauce"

How your parents use it: a relish accompanying food (such as marinara sauce on pasta).

How you use it: a term used to describe someone with an extreme sense of style.

23: "Goat"

How your parents use it: an animal that is part of the Bovidae family.

How you use it: a term for someone who is the "greatest of all time".

24. "Streak"

How your parents use it: to go out in public in the nude.

How you use it: to be consistently SnapChatting someone for a consequtive amount of days.

25. "Slay"

How your parents use it: to kill.

How you use it: to be or look completely amazing and flawless.

26. "Swerve"

How your parents use it: a sudden change of direction.

How you use it: to dodge someone who is trying to flirt with you.


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10 John Mulaney Quotes I Think About Every Day

6. "Something happened Here. You hope it's a miracle, but probably not."
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If you haven't heard of John Mulaney, you owe it to yourself to watch his two standup specials "New In Town" and "Comeback Kid" right now. The young witty comedian will give you quite the ab workout from laughing so hard. I've watched them both so many times that I quote his jokes multiple times a day in normal conversation. Although I probably have the entirety of both scripts memorized, I use the following ten quotes more times than I'm willing to admit.

1. "I'll keep all my emotions right here. And then one day I'll die."

As an Irish Catholic, I relate to this on so many levels. Only John Mulaney could pinpoint my damaging tendency to push away my feelings until they're deeply buried and get a laugh out of it at the same time.

2. "13-year-olds are the meanest people in the world."

Our favorite high waisted comedian perfectly describes how terrifying preteens can be. They seem to know how to find your biggest insecurities just by a single glance. This may be the reason why I see middle schoolers and I immediately panic.

3. "I don't look older, I just look worse."

As someone blessed with a babyface, I hardcore relate to this one. As each year passes, I fail to stop looking like I'm a high school freshman, while the bags under my eyes just darken. It's a disappointing journey.

4. "In terms of instant relief, canceling plans is like heroin."

As I've gotten older, I've become jarringly content with doing absolutely nothing. I used to need to keep myself busy all the time. Now when someone bails on plans, I get a little excited knowing I'll be able to watch reruns of television shows and eat an unhealthy amount of ice cream.

5. "My vibe is like, hey you could probably pour soup in my lap and I'll apologize to you."

Confrontation is not my thing. So, like John Mulaney, I often find myself apologizing when others are at fault. Every time I hear this quote, I also think of the "This is Delta Airlines" jingle from New In Town.

6. "Something happened here. You hope it's a miracle, but probably not."

I 've said this on many occasions after seeing something suspicious. Someone's dorm room is wide open but they're nowhere to be found? Perfect time to insert this quote. Flipped over wheelchair? Even better.

7. "I am very small and I have no money. So you can imagine the kind of stress that I am under."

Ok, so maybe Mulaney was talking about a small child, but as a college student, I relate to this one on a spiritual level.

8. "First off, no."

This is another one I find myself inserting into too many conversations. When a friend begins to make an illogical statement I start my comeback (kid) with this iconic quote.

9. "I was just shiny and dumb and easy to trick."

As a college freshman, I also feel this on a spiritual level. Everyone loves tricking the freshmen.

10. "You know, like a liar."

"And then I said (insert untrue statement you made to someone in order to look better). You know, like a liar."

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