Those were the good ol' days (way before my time by the way) when television shows, including those about cooking were taped live and broadcast uncut! Therefore if the water was supposed to be 'boiling' before vegetables were added; one had to wait for the water to boil and so Mrs. Child improvised and filled the time with tips and stories about cooking and doing sundry other things while waiting for the said water to be ready to receive the vegetables.
I think I caught one or two episodes of Mrs. Child's show back in the early seventies when I was a mere kid who had no interest whatsoever in anything to do with cooking except the final product on my plate when mealtime came around. Needless to say I was bored with the show. Had I only given some thought then to all that would have been going on behind the scenes that us tv viewers couldn't see, it would have been a thousand times more interesting!
Thankfully I have matured (somewhat) and can now appreciate both the show's 'behind the scenes' tasks and the task of cooking itself... if only so that I could break my betrothal to fast food outlets and learn to feed myself in a healthy manner. On my list of things to accomplish in the very near future, is to produce and tape a live weekly show with all its trappings however as the odd person who tastes my cooking will tell you; I will never be a Julia Child!
Picture: Paul Child/Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University