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Anyone for Cooking? December 17, 2009

Filed under: Cooking,Julia Child — Janet @ 11:57 am

  Julie & Julia

I have just finished reading this book.  Lots of interesting recipes and amusing descriptions of Julie’s experiences in trying to achieve her goal of trying to cook all 524 of them within 365 days, one year.  The recipes are contained in Julia Child’s classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  There are also interesting snippets about Julia Child herself. 

Although I’m not really interested in cooking – I’d rather be weaving or knitting! – I did enjoy the book, despite the author’s penchant for using certain words which people of my generation find offensive.  And while Julia was a most forthright person, I doubt that she used such language either, a generation earlier.  I note in looking up Julia’s biography that she was born in 1912, the same year as my mother.  My mother passed away almost 10 years ago, Julia herself died in 2004.  That generation is slowly passing but I still have an aunt and several dear friends of that vintage.   I treasure them.  

I have yet to see the film of the book nor have I ever watched any of Julia’s TV programmes or delved into her books.  Maybe I’ll have a look. 

One of the other interesting things about Julie Powell’s book Julie & Julia is that it was originally a blog – as she conducted her experiment or project in trying to cook all those recipes she wrote a blog about it.  And look where that took her.  I somehow doubt that my blog could similarly reach such dizzying heights about knitting.


5 Responses to “Anyone for Cooking?”

  1. Kaysea Says:

    Jan, Gordon and I went to the movie in September. It was a great movie! Then I bought the book My Life in France by Julia Child. Reading it was like listening to her remenisce(sp?). It is well worth reading. No bad language. KC

  2. Janet Says:

    That’s good news – we’ll try to see the film – or get the dvd. And I’m sure I would also enjoy the book My Life in France. Thanks.

  3. 4badbill Says:

    Try to see the film. I just know you’ll love it. It’s out in DVD now!

  4. Susan Says:

    I almost saw the movie last night with a friend but opted for some time alone with James 🙂 I read a lovely editorial about Julia Childs in Bon Appetit recently in celebration of her birthday this month. Inspiring that she came to writing and celebrity a little later in life (49 I believe). I’ve been thinking about reading this book before seeing the movie and I think you’ve just helped me move in that direction 🙂 I do love cooking. I love reading recipes, prepping ingredients and then both cooking and eating. I’ve always thought how wonderful that in order to survive we humans must eat! It can get a little frustrating at times trying to cook for children whose tastes are changing rapidly as they grow, and a husband who really views all food simply as fuel 😦 Ah, but those moments when a meal comes together, when the eaters enjoy it and I am pleased with the result…makes it all the more enjoyable. Oh, and I made your pork chops and pineapples dish recently. The girls loved it! It is now called Grandma’s Chops. Though I have yet to feel like I’ve done your dish justice, it’s at times like these I see the silver lining in the forgiving palette of little ones.

  5. Joanna Says:

    When Rebecca was a baby, all she would let me do is cook. I used to watch Julia on television when she was originally on, franticly write down the recipies as she made them (in half an hour) and then work all day to reproduce them. Yum!
    I enjoyed the movie very much. I must read Julia’s autoboigraphy soon.

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