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.