Julia

It’s Friday, so back to my favorite topic: food! Today is the release of the Julie/Julia movie and I, for one, can’t wait to see it.  Before the Food Network, before the plethora of cooking shows, there was Julia Child in color but first in perfect black and white teaching us how to cook. She was the second Julia in my culinary life.

The first was my friend T’s mom, Julia, in whose kitchen I spent many hours waiting for T to wake up or get dressed. Her teaching, along with the TV Julia, ignited a life-long passion for food and cooking. Taught me about business too!
In her first book, a “book for the servant-less American cook”, Julia Child gives some great business lessons:

Pay close attention to what you are doing…for precision in small details can make the difference.

Allow yourself plenty of time… or you will wear yourself out and derive no pleasure from your efforts

Seven books and 30 years later, she wrote in “The Way To Cook” that we shouldn’t be afraid of our food and the pleasures of the table.

What great business advice!  Great execution depends on the small details and taking the time to do things correctly, whether it’s a sauté or a report.  Mrs. T always was smiling in the kitchen and her enjoyment of the process was contagious.  You see that in Julia Child as well.  It was a lesson to me about having fun while doing work.  While that’s not always possible, it is always desirable (and it’s somewhat easier on Fridays, I know).

Our younger daughter has “Julia” as her middle name after Mrs. T but it’s probably appropriate that a small piece is due to the other, much taller Julia.  Both gave me knowledge I use to this day in the kitchen and in business.

I hope you’ve read some of my other posts about how kitchen skills translate to business.  Any lessons you’ve learned in the kitchen that have made you better in the office?

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