Julie and Julia

Don’t you just love cookbooks? Reading one creates an unabashed opportunity to savor all of the glossy photos of delicious dishes without absorbing all the calories.  At least that’s the strategy I will stick with.  Or you can follow Julie Powell’s example and cook every recipe in your favojuliarite cookbook.

Julie and Julia is the story of Julie Powell, who challenged herself to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 365 days.  The book follows her year-long culinary adventure tackling lobster, aspic, pate, duck, beef bourguignon, and many other tasty treats.

I have watched the movie adaptation of Julie and Julia at least 25 times.  Unlike the book, the film offers more insight into Julia Child’s life in Paris with her husband, Paul Child.  I very much enjoyed the symmetry of the character story line.  And Meryl Streep as Julia?  It was simply, “Bon appetit!”

 

 

Bon Appétit!

juliaPaul Child wrote that his wife, Julia “brought out the best in a polecat.”  Therefore it’s not surprising that with her jubilant voice and ability to whisk heart-stopping amounts of butter into exquisite French cuisine, Julia Child charmed the taste buds and the hearts of millions of hungry Americans. Continue reading “Bon Appétit!”