We just never knew how much.
Until this morning, when we came across a delightful snippet from David Kamp’s The United States of Arugula. Kamp cites a letter by Julia’s husband, Paul Child, who referred to her as “Julie.” The letter was written to Paul’s brother Charlie in 1949, from Paris, and describes Julia in the kitchen. And it contains a phrase that we have now sworn to use anytime we so much as get in the vicinity of a coffeepot or radiator. We feel certain you will do the same.
“The oven door opens and shuts so fast you hardly notice the deft thrust of a spoon as she dips into a casserole and up to her mouth for a taste-check…Now & again a flash of the non-cooking Julie lights up the scene briefly, as it did the day before yesterday when with her bare fingers, she snatched a set of cannellini [beans] out of the pot of boiling water with the cry, ‘Wow! These damn things are as hot as a stiff cock.’”