Tuesday, August 4, 2009

My Life in France

No, its not MY life in France, but Julia Child's life in France. You see, I've become a huge Julia Child fan. But it didn't happen until after she passed away.

Julie and Julia

Some of you may already know that in a previous life I was a bookseller. It was while I was "on the clock" that I noticed a stack of the Julia Child biography Appetite for Life on a table. Probably happened right after she passed away. I had heard that she was a spy during WWII, so I was intrigued by the book. I picked it up and after browsing through a few pages, I knew I had to read it.

Of course, I loved the book and regretted that I had paid little attention to her while she was alive. I decided to rectify the matter by buying a copy of Baking with Julia. It wasn't until much later that I learned that she hadn't actually written the book, just wrote some copy & put her name on it. I didn't care, because with this book I learned to make "The Cake". That is what we call Boca Negra, a killer flourless chocolate cake recipe.

I had left the world of bookselling when I learned that there was a new Julia Child book out, entitled My Life in France. It was to detail Julia's years in France. I loved this book as well and it pushed me into purchasing a copy of Mastering The Art of French Cooking .

Finally, my DH brought home an advance copy of the book Julie and Julia -the story of a young woman who gives herself a year to cook her way through Mastering The Art of French Cooking . It was only recently that I finished reading this one. It is a fun tale, but didn't capture my attention the same way that Appetite for Life or My Life in France did.

Now of course, the movie of Julie and Julia is about to be released. It is actually a combination of My Life in France and Julie & Julia. I'm not much of a movie goer (two movies seen in a theater in the last 3 years) but I actually may make an effort to see this one!

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