Friday, June 5, 2009

Passion. Ambition. Butter: What more do you need in life?

Last year I read Julie & Julia (Little, Brown and Company), and promptly became obsessed with both the book and Julia Child. If you haven't read it, then you must run out and pick it up as fast as humanly possible. If you're already a devotee, then you can rejoice like my about the upcoming movie! (Opening Aug, 7) I saw the trailer on TV for the first time and was blown away with just the few shots of the set that I saw.

Set Designer, Susan Bode, seems to have gotten the rustic chic, with a hint of french, look of Julia's life just right. You have been to visit the kitchen at the Smithsonian, right? What...No?....then make a pilgrimage and let me know when you're in town. I need no excuse to visit it again.

In the book, Julie Powell, is looking for a little 'something' in her life and happens onto a project where she cooks all of Julia's recipes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking I, in just 365 days. And then, this is the best part....she blogs about it! And her little blog becomes a sensation, and then a book, and now a movie (Yes, I'm expecting a call from Hollywood shortly).

Julia's anyone-can-do-it attitude in the kitchen is very inspiring and spurred me to step out of my comfort zone with a pot and pan. For most of last fall, I had my mother searching all over every used book store in the mid-west for a vintage copy of my very own, natch. I had no idea what a diamond these old copies are on the book circuit. Alas, we could not find one and I had to settle for an overnight express from Amazon, instead.

Now all I need are vintage copper pots to line across my kitchen wall. Maybe that will be mom's project for this fall!


  1. I can't wait! I can't wait! she says jumping up and down.

  2. can't wait to see that movie! Hadn't seen anything about it until now.

  3. My son, the now chef, leafing though my Child cookbooks, "Mom, did you know these are first editions?" " Can't you tell by the old butter and chocolate smears?" I asked him. Can't wait. Wonderful memories. Loved that Julia left a stick of butter to honor The One at the Smithsonian.

  4. Home Before Dark--I love that part of the book too! I hope that makes it into the movie. And even more hilarious is the thought of them trolling around the mall area looking for butter.

    and P.S. I'm completely jealous about the cookbook collection. I haven't given up my search yet!