Aliens in the Apple

My new book

Franci 7 Aug 2010 Books Food

My lovely husband has recently bought me Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I have read the preface and all the introductory remarks. Now I need to start cooking from it. It’s just been so hot that cooking anything that isn’t a hamburger patty is not very appealing, even if it is French.

Ben is not a fan of French food (he’s had it once, and it was a bad and expensive experience that involved sandy snails), so why would he buy me a book on French cooking? Firstly because he’s great, but secondly because I was keen on owning it. But could I be keen on owning it if I didn’t even know who Julia Child was a month ago?

Well, it’s all the fault of Netflix, you see. Because here in the States you can get movies on demand over the internet, and someone recommended that we watch Julie & Julia. It is a movie about Julia Child’s life in France, and a year in the life of Julie Powell, a New Yorker who blogged about cooking through Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I loved the movie, I loved the great way Meryl Streep acts in it, I loved the food, I loved the humour and I loved that I recognised so much of the New York parts in it!

(I heartily recommend that you watch this movie. It got a 75% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It does however have a minor amount of profanity, as far as movies go, but I did not think that it detracted from the story. You will laugh often and your mouth will water pretty much just as often. Oh, and you’ll see married couples kissing. :-)

And then when Ben offered out of the blue to buy me this cookbook, I jumped at the chance! And you know what makes it even more special? He used an amazon gift card he got as a present to buy something for me. I’m blessed.

When I start cooking from it, I will let you know how it turns out. :-)

Comments (3)

Susanna 7 Aug 2010 at 11:27pm

You guys are too cute and that cook book sounds awesome! We’ll invite ourselves over when you start cooking from it, okay?!;)

I can’t wait to get together with you again (hope you had a great time with family) and we enjoyed having Ben around here…the kids loved playing with him!!!!!:)

Love Susanna

Leah O 8 Aug 2010 at 8:02pm

I liked the movie Julie and Julia too. One thing I especially liked about it was that both the featured married couples had GOOD marriages. They were real and the couples really liked and loved each other and had a good sense of play. I guess you just don’t see that many movies with happy healthy marriages being portrayed so well and so realistically. It’s kind of refreshing.
(It’s my first time to your blog. I clicked on your name from a comment you left on Femina)
Anyway - enjoy your cookbook!

Aunt Bekky 12 Aug 2010 at 12:28am

Loren and I also saw Julie & Julia, this past summer. It was one of my favorites. But whatever you do, don’t read the author’s follow-up book.

I always thought that French cooking called for a lot of expensive/obscure ingredients, so let me know how that goes.

It was so lovely to meet you at the reunion, Franci :-)