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Maybe Dan Aykroyd wasn't far off -- watching Julia Child using large knives

RGC1982 | Dec 17, 201010:59 AM

I was so thrilled to see Julia's Child's series on the Cooking Channel. I try to catch the taped shows whenever I can.

However, I found myself cringing the other day, during the Bouillabaisse episode. Starting right from the beginning, she is wielding about a twelve inch chef's knife to do her prep work, but is looking directly at the camera and barely glances down at her hands. Later in the episode, she hoists an even larger French butcher's knife to split open some whole fish, and slams it down while telling everyone what great fun it is. If you ask me, it is a miracle that the woman kept all of her fingers. It is not typically what you see today, with today's better camera angles, as most television cooks are clearly watching their knife work while doing their shows. This may just be because Julia's shows were taped so long ago, and she was consciously trying to look into the camera because of the lack of close up shots.

I found myself thinking of the old SNL skit in which John Belushi, pretending to be Julia, cuts his finger and begins to bleed from what appears to be a mortal wound, and wondered if anyone else has noticed what appears to be Julia living dangerously with her knives. Do you think it was a sign of the times in terms of television taping, or was she really that reckless?

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