I don’t believe in twisting yourself into knots of excuses and explanations over the food you make. … Maybe the cat has fallen into the stew, or the lettuce has frozen, or the cake has collapsed — eh bien, tant pis! Usually one’s cooking is better than one thinks it is. And if the food is truly vile … then the cook must simply grit her teeth and bear it with a smile — and learn from her mistakes.

Julia Child (1912-2004) American chef and writer
My Life In France, “Le Cordon Bleu” (2006)
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 3-May-13
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