Julia Child on Vegetarians

That damned movie is out, that you couldn’t pay me to see. So, in celebration, here’s Julia bashing vegetarians in the most clueless way imaginable, right in the august pages of People magazine:

We didn’t know many vegetarians years ago. Not eating meat became the thing to do some places in the ’60s, but the movement is much bigger in the ’90s. Personally, I don’t think pure vegetarianism is a healthy lifestyle. It’s more fear of food—that whole thing that red meat is bad for you. And then there are people who don’t eat meat because it’s against their morals. Well, there’s nothing you can do with people like that. I’ve often wondered to myself: Does a vegetarian look forward to dinner, ever?

And with that, the trifecta. Claim the diet’s unhealthy? Check. Claim the moral concerns are irrelevant? Check. Claim the food sucks? Check.

This woman was one of the 20th Century’s most influential people on food. Plenty of smart people took her seriously. (Via Susan.) Link.