I'm on the email address list for ABC News "Up close" - the show that follows Nightline. I thought this was appropriate for a Thanksgiving post to the Board.
>This is a preview of tomorrow night's UpClose (Thursday, November 28th).
"Small helpings, no seconds, a little bit of everything, no snacking and
have a good time. I think if you follow that, you're going to be healthy
and wealthy and wise..."
Okay, that's probably not what you will do on this Thanksgiving day, but
generally that's not bad advice to live by and it comes from probably the
most famous cook in America. Yes, she calls herself a cook not a chef.
Chefs work in restaurants she says, with a platoon of people under them.
Cooks are you, me and everybody else who has been slaving away in the
kitchen today and everyday. After being exposed to the culinary delights
of France relatively late in life, she learned to cook. She spent her 40s
learning and writing a cookbook and by the age of 50 she published the
first book "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and she starred in her
own television show "The French Chef". The rest, as they say, is history.
When we first met up with her this summer, it was to celebrate her 90th
birthday and the opening of her kitchen at the Smithsonian National Museum
of American History. She seemed a little surprised at that honor but we
shouldn't be. In an age when we are inundated with celebrity chefs, with
their own shows and their own books and their own line of cookware and
their endorsement of products left, right and center, Julia (even at the
age of 90) is refreshingly different. She hasn't done any of that
because, she says, she doesn't want to be beholden to anyone. Instead she
has dished out her advice and her recipes for 40 years on PBS and has
given generations of women and men, the confidence to cook.
At the end of probably the most important food day of the year, sit back
and relax and enjoy the Julia Child story, she will inspire you to pursue
your interests (at whatever age you discover them) and she'll may even
inspire you to head back to the kitchen!