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Object 26 [of 66] – "Fright" Knife


Julia called her outsized blade a "fright knife," using it for comic effect in her early cooking shows. "I'm always on the lookout for props for the show." For her television cooking show, Julia used the methods good teachers use to hold their students' attention and fix information in memory. High drama and low comedy, outrageous verbal exaggeration, and sight gags combined to make what she did memorable, even legendary. She often used the menu items and herself as props, tickling a live lobster, and marking out cuts of meat on her own body. She delighted in oversized or exotic tools and ridiculous gear, wearing a fire hat and holding a fire extinguisher when she and Jacques Pepin flambe crepes Suzette.


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