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Here’s How Much Celebrity Chefs LOVE Butter

Butter is a key ingredient for so many chefs. Find out what our favorite celebs have to say about butter. (Spoiler alert: They all love it!)

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Julia Child on the set of her cooking show, 'The French Chef Julia Child'Gerry Nadel/Penske Media/REX/Shutterstock

Julia Child

“With enough butter, anything is good.”

Julia Child, who introduced America to the wonders of French cooking, had a no-holds-barred love affair with rich ingredients like butter and cream.

Here are eight cooking lessons we learned from Julia Child.

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Chef Ina Garten at her East Hamptons home.Talaya Centeno/Penske Media/REX/Shutterstock

Ina Garten

“Anyone who tries to make brownies without butter should be arrested.”

Ina Garten, also known as the Barefoot Contessa, is well known for the delectable baked goods she often makes on her eponymous Food Network show.

These brownie recipes will definitely keep you on Ina’s good side.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9794722a) Anthony Bourdain participates in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the online film series "Raw Craft" at AOL Studios in New York. New Jersey might honor celebrity chef Bourdain, writer and host of the CNN series "Parts Unknown" killed himself, with a food trail. Democratic Assemblyman Paul Moriarty on Monday, June 18, 2018, introduced a resolution that would establish the "Anthony Bourdain Food Trail." Bourdain grew up in the New Jersey suburb of Leonia Obit Anthony Bourdain, New York, USA - 2 Nov 2016Andy Kropa/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Anthony Bourdain

“I like butter. I like a lot of butter.”

Anthony Bourdain was never afraid to tell it the way it is in his bold, brash style. “[Butter] is usually the first thing and the last thing in just about every pan. That’s why restaurant food tastes better than home food a lot of the time—butter,” Bourdain once said on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Here are 13 ways Anthony Bourdain changed how the world eats.

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Michael Ruhlman

“I believe it’s a cook’s moral obligation to add more butter given the chance.”

James Beard Award-winning Michael Ruhlman is a familiar face to fans of the Food Network’s Next Iron Chef and Iron Chef America.

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Christina Tosi


“Good butter makes every batch of cookies the best batch of cookies.”

Good ingredients ensure better results. Pastry chef and Master Chef Junior judge Christina Tosi, of course, knows this. Invest in good butter (these are our faves) and your bakes will turn out better and better.

Give Christina’s out-of-this-world confetti cake a try, too!

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Jacques Pépin

“If you have extraordinary bread and extraordinary butter, it’s hard to beat bread and butter.”

Internationally acclaimed French chef Jacques Pépin is an avid cookbook writer and host of several PBS cooking shows, including Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home. The “Julia” is Julia Child!

Butter would be the perfect to companion to any of these homemade bread recipes (perfect for beginners).

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Alice Waters poses outside the new front entrance to Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, Calif.Eric Risberg/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Alice Waters

“Everything tastes better with butter.”

Alice Waters, of Chez Panisse fame, has always celebrated local, sustainable and seasonal cuisine.

According to food critics, you can’t make a wrong menu choice at Chez Panisse in Berkley, California. Here are 19 more of the best things you can eat in the United States.

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Ree Drummond

“Butter, cream and bacon. That’s such a great foundation right there.”

The Pioneer Woman is well known for her love of comfort food. Her unabashed use of butter always has her fans clamoring for more.

Find out what one contributor learned after cooking like the Pioneer Woman for a week.

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Ruth Reichl

“I couldn’t live without butter. Butter is probably my single favorite food.”

Gourmet editor-in-chief, TV host, and former restaurant critic for The New York Times, Ruth Reichl knows her way around the kitchen and restaurant dining table. It should come as no surprise, then, that butter tops her list of favorite ingredients.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9112648e) Alton Brown poses for a portrait in New York to promote his cookbook, "EveryDayCook: This Time It's Personal," and a live Broadway variety show with a mix of unusual food demonstrations, puppets and songs Alton Brown Portrait Session, New York, USAVictoria Will/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Alton Brown

“There are no bad foods, only bad food habits. I eat cream, butter and bacon; I just don’t eat pounds of it at a time.”

Alton Brown, former host of the popular food science program Good Eats and current host of The Food Network’s Iron Chef America, knows a thing or two about what makes something taste good. And that thing is butter—but only in moderation, of course!

Find out which guilty-pleasure meal Alton Brown loves.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ian Langsdon/EPA/REX/Shutterstock (8452103v) French Chef Paul Bocuse Poses on the Premises of His Three-michelin Star Restaurant L'auberge Du Pont De Collonges in Lyon France 10 February 2016 Paul Bocuse Will Celebrate His 90th Birthday on 11 February 2016 Bocuse's Own L'auberge Du Pont De Collonges Which Lies Slightly Outside Lyon Has Been a Three-star Restaurant Since 1965 Over the Years the 90-year-old Has Opened Up a Number of Brasseries and Luxury Snack Bars His Son Jerome Lives in Florida Usa where He Runs the Restaurants at the French Pavilion in Walt Disney World's Epcot Center in Orlando France Lyon France Paul Bocuse - Feb 2016Ian Langsdon/EPA/REX/Shutterstock

Paul Bocuse


“Without butter, without eggs, there is no reason to come to France.”

French chef Paul Bocuse was known as a leader in France’s groundbreaking nouvelle cuisine movement.

If you can’t make it to France, bring France to you with one of our favorite French-inspired recipes.

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Sherry Yard

“Few people realize what a perfect ingredient brown butter can be for desserts. It adds a whole new flavor dimension.”

Sherry Yard is an award-winning pastry chef and has judged several baking competitions on the Food Network. And she’s never afraid of a little extra butter, browned or otherwise.

Learn how to brown butter (and why you definitely should).

Susan Bronson
Susan Bronson is a writer and editor based in Northern Wisconsin.

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