So said Julia Child, apparently, among other fabulous things.

Ms. Child is one of the more celebrated Smith alumnae. Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan may have done wonders for American women, and Madeleine L’Engle and Cynthia Voigt for young adult lit., but no one inspires such a sense of pride and cheer in the heart of a Smithie as Julia, Class of 1934.

Tomorrow, as the campus has done for the past six years, Smith will fête Julia with “Julia Child Day,” a celebration of great food and a great life lived by our favorite Hubbard House resident (where, it is rumored, J. would often bake for friends and housemates).

Because I am tired and heading off to bed, I will let the press release for the event do the rest of the talking:

Nov. 10, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cultivating Communities Around Food

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Julia Child Day, an annual Smith College tradition that has become a favorite among students, will feature a panel discussion about cultivating communities around food on Thursday, Nov. 18.

1The panel, titled “Cultivating Communities: A Conversation on Creating and Strengthening Communities Around Food,” will begin at 4:15 p.m. in the Campus Center Carroll Room. A reception will follow in the Campus Center featuring a smorgasbord of dishes made with locally grown ingredients by Smith dining staff. The local growers and vendors who supply much of the produce and meat that the college buys will also have food tables there.

Participants include Melissa Krueger, a 2003 alumna, and owner of the Elbow Room Coffee Company; Angela Oliverio and Dylan Farrell, Smith juniors and members of the Smith Community Garden; Christina Maxwell of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts; Ana Jaramillo, Jesus Espinosa and Rafael Rodriguez of Nuestras Raices; and Phil Korman of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA).

The annual occasion celebrates the passion of late alumna Julia Child ’34, author of a dozen cookbooks and host of the long-running PBS television series “The French Chef,” which is credited with changing the way we think about food in America.

Child donated her house in Cambridge, Mass., to Smith, which she had lived in from 1956 to 2001. In 2002, proceeds from the sale of the property supported construction of the Campus Center.

Child died on August 12, 2004. An etching on a window of the Campus Center Café honors her generosity to Smith. This is the sixth annual day of celebration in her memory and is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College and Dining Services.

In case you want some menu inspiration, or just want to see what kinds of yummy food my chère friends and I will be partaking in tomorrow, check out the offerings here.

In closing?

“Find something you’re passionate about,” Ms. Child is to have said, “and keep tremendously interested in it.”

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