My sister gave me hardcover copies of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, as well as her autobiography, My Life in Francefor a birthday present a few years ago.
I’ve really enjoyed reading her life stories as well as her recipes!
My mother, as her mother before her, makes excellent pickled beets. This was, in fact, the only way I was used to eating them. Until I read some beet recipes by Julia Child. Thanks to her sparkling personality and engaging writing, I’ve gained a richer appreciation of vegetables, among other culinary offerings.
As good-humouredly self-deprecating as she is in her books, I can’t help taking her very seriously as a role model. Her passion for what she was learning and her drive to excel in doing it, as well as her determination to share it with the rest of us, inspire me.
Sometimes I wonder if I can really do the things I want to do with my future education and career; do I really have it in my to become the teacher I want to be?
I hope so. And I’m sure approaching new challenges with the enthusiasm and energy with which Julia Child bustled through life is part of the ‘secret’ of success.