Master chef Julia Child steadfastly clung to some ideas. She didn't mind the microwave; it sometimes comes in handy. But try to cut corners with butter, and she wouldn't stand for it. "If you're afraid of butter, as many people are nowadays," she said in one of her last television shows, "just put in cream!" she proclaimed, with a twinkle in her eye.
Child worried that the "nutrition police" will kill
agrees with the revised upside down nutrition pyramid that advocates
more fruit and vegetables and less fats and dairy products, but she
82, the first lady of the American table, was asked by James Villas
in an article in the current issue of Town & Country, about what
she calls the "nutrition police" and she replied:
"Nobody needs a fat 16-ounce steak," she said, "but when the nutrition police recommend steak no bigger than a pack of cards -well, I think that's silly. A lot of crazy things are being advocated by a lot of crazy, uninformed people, and what we really need is some sort of truth squad, a hot line that people could call to get really valid, official information about calories and fats and MSG and all that."
Meanwhile, Child deplores all the junk food and prepared food Americans consume. But she occasionally gives in and has a Quarter Pounder with cheese at McDonald's.