COOKIN' THE BOOKS

YOU’VE seen Julie and Julia , right? If you haven’t, go and see it. As luck would have it, I found Powell’s book on CD at the library and ...


YOU’VE seen Julie and Julia, right? If you haven’t, go and see it. As luck would have it, I found Powell’s book on CD at the library and am up to the final chapters. The book does not track Child’s life as the movie does, just the year Powell wrote her blog chronicling an attempt to cook all the recipes in Julia Child’s 1961 tome Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Bloggers will appreciate Powell’s love/hate relationship with her blog and her readers, and recognise, if not cringe a little at Powell’s rather familiar neglect of her husband. It’s been a fun read and well could be among my Christmas gifts to other foodies and bloggers. I liked the movie, but the book has been way, way better. I’ll be sorry when it ends and I drop Julie, who happens to narrate her work, back to the library and fork over the $2 overdue fine.

Powell’s Julie/Julia Project did have me wondering which cook book I’d choose to cook my way through. Stephanie Alexander’s Kicthen Garden Companion, which I blogged about here, would top the list at the moment. I made a fair start on Saturday with a roast chook, broccoli and chick pea salad and grape, ginger and yoghurt brulee (pictured).

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7 comments

  1. Agreed re book better than the movie. I read the book when it first came out and just loved it. The movie's ok but you know, books are often so much better in terms of detail.

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  2. Great post. I loved the movie, but can't wait to read the book. It's on my Birthday/Christmas wish list!

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  3. I really wanted to watch the movie, but nobody did else, so might catch it on DVD. Can't wait to read the book too!

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  4. I have to carefully budget what movies I see and this wasn't one!I have those ramikens too :)

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  5. Glad to read your take on the book because I've read mostly negative reviews. I had the book on reserve at the library and then cancelled it. Might reserve it again and make up my own mind. Nothing to lose, right?

    However, I'm pretty sure I'll still go and see the movie.

    Carolyn x

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  6. I saw Julia Child's kitchen in the American History museum in DC during our trip to the USA!! was really cool and I enjoyed the movie - the book was a good read too although I struggled with it towards the end....ive been scouring Ebay for some of Julia Childs vintage cookbooks - they are currently going for crazy high prices, guess I'll have to wait a while!

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  7. i'm such a big S.A. fan too - such fab flavours - these dishes sound mouthwatering. thanks for book tip - will put it on my list xx

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