Moved by a Movie

Written by weightwatchers.com editors on 9/2/2009 11:50 AM | COMMENTS (3)

I saw the movie Julie and Julia this evening. On the way home I started to go over the plot of the film in my mind. The character, Julie Powell, takes on the task of cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking over 365 days and blogs about the experience.

I collect all kinds of cookbooks, international, regional and ethnic cuisines, community cookbooks, and celebrity chefs. I love them all. I enjoy reading the stories about the recipes and picking out dishes that I would want to cook. I subscribe to food magazines and pick out recipes from each issue that I want to try. But I’ve never, ever, cooked every recipe in any of the cookbooks or magazines that I own. I have books with colored tabs that I’ve stuck on favorite recipe pages and pieces of paper stuck in between pages of recipes that I would like to try. I’ve used 3 different cookbooks to prepare a lamb roast, taking a little bit from each to put together a combination of ingredients, and it was a fabulous dish. Yet, there are so many recipes that seem to fall through the cracks.

I’ve tried ingredients that I never saw in my mom’s house. I’ve cleaned fish, mussels, boned a chicken and even cooked a dynamite yak roast. But I’ve never cooked anything that I knew from the start I would not like to eat. In the movie, Julie, prepares various recipes that she was not too excited to try, specifically aspic. I’m not that disciplined. But give me a recipe that sounds awesome and no matter how difficult or time consuming to prepare, I will cook it. I love to cook.

I take my hat off to Julie Powell , for having the determination and focus to get through the entire Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook, motivating me to take another look at some of my cookbooks and most of all for reminding me of how much pleasure cooking has brought to my life.


~ Anita

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  • Post Image sequoyahk

    9/4/2009 11:47 AM
    I to love to read cookbooks. The movie Julie and Julia was WONDERFUL! I'm not much of a cook but I love one dish meals and crockpots especially in the Fall and Winter. Nothing like the smell of chili or a pork roast and veggies. I love to bake but I have to limit myself because I could eat my weight in sweets. Karen in Ky.


  • Post Image msmornington

    9/2/2009 8:48 PM
    Nice post. I'm asking for Mastering for my birthday to add to my collection. Like you, I can read the cookbooks for the aesthetic pleasure of it. (I do try out the recipes, though.)


  • Post Image gharries (gail)

    9/2/2009 9:37 PM
    Love just reading cookbooks also; I read Julie's original blog as she was writing it, and I loved Julia...can't wait to see the movie...sounds like one I need to own!




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