So, Julie & Julia came out this weekend and I'm sure there's not a food blogger out there who isn't going to mention it. It simultaneously tells the story of Julia Child's discovery of French cooking and Julie Powell's discovery of French cooking and food blogging 40 years later.
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Honestly, I would have liked the movie better if it were just a Julia Child biopic. But still, before the previews even started I was thinking of my own Julie/Julia Project. What cookbooks would I choose to cook my way through, front to back, the space of a year? What famous cook would I form some sort of culinary psychic bond with? Alton Brown was the first to come to mind, as he's my favorite television chef. The Annie/Alton Project? His book I'm Just Here for the Food
, is great for learning the absolute basics of cooking and the science behind it all. I could definitely use help with the basics. (I'm still terrified of deep frying.)
Or, I thought I could work my way through Amy Sedaris' I Like You
. This would be a good one because this book's got recipes, entertaining ideas and crafts. So, between learning to make Baked Alaska and Green Goddess salad dressing, I could be making dolls out of old panty hose and macaroni necklaces. The Amy/Annie project also has that nice alliteration.
Either way, it's a moot point. The idea is hardly original at this point, and frankly, I don't think I have the stamina (or grocery budget) for this kinda thing. I am, however, still inspired to make good on some of my long standing goals. So, before this year is out I intend to learn to roast a chicken. I'm going to master roasting a chicken. And I'm going to make a clafoutis before cherries are out of season.
And I think I'm going to buy a copy of Juila Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and try out this boeuf bourguignon everyone's been talking about.