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. :-)