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Wonder: Binge living from Julia Child’s perspective

“Life itself is the proper binge.” ~Julia Child

I’ve written about Julia Child several times on my blog. She found her passion and talent for cooking relatively late in life. She was someone who lived on her own terms, defied stereotypes, broke down barriers, and treasured friendship, love, travel, and good food with good company in equal amounts.

As I’m working on my podcast, Breaking Bread, I’m thinking about her example a lot. I’ll be in my kitchen trying a new recipe or on my couch reading a food-related news piece and often think “how would Julia do this?” or “what would she think of this idea?” The answer I always come up with is that she would follow joy. That’s not necessarily the easy road or the path that will take the least amount of time. She did what made her happy, whether that had to do with food or otherwise. She took a huge amount of pride and joy in being alive, working hard, and doing what she loved.

I think I’m going to hang up a little picture of her somewhere in my kitchen as a reminder that bingeing on the sheer pleasure of being alive is a wonderful way to be.

About Christa Avampato

I make a living in business and I make a life as a writer, artist, and yogi. I use my business and storytelling skills to build a better world. My first novel, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, will be published in the Fall of 2017 by Thumbkin Prints, a children's and YA imprint of Possibilities Publishing Co. My creative career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, and financial services. In every experience, I have used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, program, and events to help people live happier, healthier lives. A recovering multi-tasker, I am a proud alum of UPenn (BA) and the Darden School at UVA (MBA). When not in front of my Mac, I’m on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. I am proud to New York City my home, and I've been called the happiest New Yorker by friends and strangers alike. They're right. Follow my adventures on Twitter at and Instagram at


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