Last Monday, Clara Parkes’s Daily Respite email sent us all off to watch Julia Child rescuing a potato pancake fail, scraping it off the counter and issuing her famous dictum: “When you’re alone in the kitchen, who is going to see?”
It being a Monday, I felt like I could benefit from more than one minute and forty seconds of Julia Child. The next stop on my YouTube queue was a 90-minute gift to the universe from Don Giller, “Julia Child Collection on Letterman, 1982-1994.”
And yes, I sat there for 90 minutes, on a Monday morning with stacks of work to do, knitting on my Trellis Top and laughing and laughing at Julia Child and David Letterman being perfect with each other. What chemistry they had.
I did this in the name of science, Ann. When I say you can Knit to This, I don’t mean It Stands to Reason That a Person Possibly Could Knit to This. I mean that I have tested the content by knitting to it. My word is my bond.
Highlights to look out for: Paul Shaffer’s theme song for Julia, her pronunciation of the Italian egg dish free-totta, seal jokes, and the appearance of at least three blow torches. On several of the episodes, Julia is promoting her then-new book The Way to Cook, which is still my all-time favorite cookbook. I remember hauling it home (it weighs 5 3/4 pounds, as Julia tells David) from the Barnes and Noble on Union Square and tearing off the shrink wrap with tremulous excitement.
Program Note: Early in the video, there is a Penn & Teller appearance, which seems like it’s a mistake because Julia Child is not in sight. Stay with it. It’s not a mistake.