Julia Child, Mapmaker

About 15 years ago Julia Child made a book signing appearance in Cincinnati, Ohio. A local journalist was curious as to why so many people were standing in line “waiting for Julia Child’s autograph”

When I read this article I was struck by one woman’s response “She explains what we’re seeing”

How can someone explain what you are already plainly looking at. I mean its just a recipe. Follow the instructions. You’re done. What is it that you’re looking at that requires more explanation? What could possibly be so mysterious about cooking:-)

Of course, having never actually cooked anything or read a recipe I wasn’t in a position to judge.

For the culinarily curious, Julia Child is a friendly guide into and through the challenging world of cooking.

She’s a mapmaker, someone who guides people to new experiences in their cooking life.

She devoted her life to cooking and made her living “explaining it ” to others.

She explored the world of food, made a map and gave it to others

Most people don’t like to explore but if you give them a map they might travel to new places in their thinking

Julia made maps for cooks.

Whose mapmaker are you?

One thought on “Julia Child, Mapmaker

  1. I’m a mapmaker for the hopeless – more specifically those who have loved ones, friends and family who are struggling in life with addiction. Continual failure. Giving up. Afraid to trust. Afraid to help. Afraid not to help. I provide a map to see continued failure in a different way. It’s a paradigm shift. It’s a map that requires family and friends to encourage an addict to get to their bottom as quickly as possible. It’s a map that points in the direction of the One who can ultimately make the difference.

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