By Sydney Bender, EDITOR
Whoever said don’t bring drama to the dinner table never knew Julia Child. “Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.” I don’t think Julia meant drama in the sense of blowing up beanpoles (p. 14) or discussing politics at the Thanksgiving table. (Food Politics, however, would be a different story, p. 35).
I think Julia was thinking more along the lines of the food itself being dramatic. Like taking the morning off of work to cook a tower of pancakes, for one (p. 13).
Or inviting your whole neighborhood over for dinner after spending the day creating the most delicious Shepherd’s Pie (p. 40). Even a slight increase in attention to detail, like adding a sprinkle of locally harvested sea salt to glamour up a crostata (p. 53).
And for the days when there isn’t enough time to put a little drama in your food, there’s always the movies (p. 6).
So whether you’re cooking for one or 101, take Julia’s advice to heart. Nobody says it better than the French chef herself.
“Everything can have drama if it’s done right. Even a pancake.”
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