Moved by a Movie
9/2/2009 11:50 AM
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.
Cooking, Food, Lose For Good