Coming Soon: French Cooking 101
So.. to start off, let me say I have always been a fan of Julia Child. I feel like I’m jumping on the bandwagon, and maybe in a way, I am. But, I have always loved her, thought she was hilarious and appreciated her attitude about cooking and how it doesn’t have to be perfect. Things mess up. It’s ok.
I saw Julie & Julia last week and loved it. I had seen displays of the books (various cookbooks from Julia Child, both books that the movie is based on, etc..) at several book stores and told myself “sometime” I would buy her cookbook. The thing is, I’m not huge on French food. I’m more of the Asian influence when it comes to cooking.
However, there are a few things I really wanted to try. So last night, right before closing, I ran into Barnes & Noble to buy Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Volume 1. And thank goodness I did.
The warehouses are all sold out. The store I went to had gotten four copies that day, three were on hold for people and the other one they weren’t sure where it was. It took three friendly B&N employees, but the last one came up and said, “I know exactly where it is. Will you pay double?”
“It was worth a try to ask!” and he handed me the last copy they had in the store.
This weekend I am going to do my first attempt, a nice simple recipe: Ratatouille. I don’t know when, but at some point we’ll see about boning a duck! I am not going to make everything in the book (honestly some of those just sound gross) and I am certainly not setting a timeline. I just want to try out some new recipes, learn some new techniques, and have some fun.
In the meantime, go see the movie, it’s great. And for some fun, I found the original Julie/Julia blog and am reading up on old posts now and then. Enjoy! [Update: it appears the blog is no longer available online so I have removed the link. Read the book and watch the movie! 9/7/2011]