More thoughts on Julia Child:

Michael Pollan also brings up the idea that Child encouraged an entire generation of women to be courageous, to have no fear in the kitchen, to just make the leap. She said, "The only way you learn to flip things is just to flip them!" I love that. I talk to friends all the time who claim that they can't do the things I can do in the kitchen. You know the excuses: "I can't cook"...or..."My husband is picky - he won't eat that"...or..."I'm too busy."

When all it really is, in the case of my friends and family who I quote, is a lack of courage.

Eat, drink, and be brave.

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