Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Reading about eating

It all started with this book, "Cooking for Mr. Latte". I read an article by NY Tmes food writer Amanda Hesser about how she prepared meals for flying and it was enough to make me get this book. (I'm not sure why there are two different book covers out there) I like to read about her cooking adventures and run ins with foodies, of which have convinced me I am not a true foodie. There are some hard core foodies out there. The book is a collection of stories around food and cooking during the time she met her boyfriend Mr. Latte. Each story is accompanied by recipes of the food mentioned.

Amanda mentions Julia Child frequently which led me to to this book Julie and Julia based on the blog called The Julie/Julia Project. Julie Powell started the blog as a record of her plan to set her life right by cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking".

The hardcover is called "Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen" and the soft cover is named "Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously". Again I am baffled as to why this is but I digress.

Julie Powell's book has been combined with Julia Child's book "My Life in France" to create the movie Julie and Julia.

The movie chronicles both Julie's endevours (played by Amy Adams) and the life of Julia Child (played by Meryl Streep). I can attest that reading about food and watching movies about food can make you very hungry. I am looking forward to this movie though, because as my mom says, "Meryl never disapoints".

10 comments:

  1. I enjoyed Cooking for Mr Latte. I want to read and see Julie & Julia. I'm currently reading The Sharper You Knife the Less You Cry. I love reading about adventures in cooking!

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  2. I lurved both books. J/J is really funny, not just in her cooking descriptions but about her life in NYC at the time.

    I think the pink cover for CFML is the hardcover (which I have) and the green cover with the egg whisk for J/J is the hardcover version (again, this is the one I have). The other covers are the paperback versions.

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  3. Liked this post as I always want new book recommendations. I loved J/J (http://blog.booktagger.com/2008/02/blooks.html). You will love it as a blogger too, since that is how it all began. Thanks for mentioning there is a related movie to look forward to also.

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  4. I have been reading a series of caterer/sleuth books by Diane Mott Davidson - they have recipes in them and the recipes are FABULOUS! They are somewhat light reading but murder mystery types - kind of Agatha Christie (but younger and in Colorado) meets Martha Stewart. Anyway - I love them and was hoping someone would make a movie about Goldy - the main character - it would be great fun to see.

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  5. I saw the paperback version of Julie & Julia at my local Borders' clearance racks and though the writing was pretty light. Very impressed that it was picked-up as a movie, and with Meryl Streep as a star! Wow.

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  6. I've read "My Life in France" and it's really interesting. I love Julia Child, my mom and I used to watch reruns of her show on PBS when I was little.

    I love the green cover of Julie and Julia - but only because I actually own that egg whisk! So cool to see it on a book cover!

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  7. Linda - I will have to look for that book!

    Jen - I have that egg whisk too!

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  8. I had a similar experience with Mr. Latte, in that I realized that I was not a true foodie after reading it. BUT I must say that the Vanilla Loaves recipe is one of my staples now. Yummy!

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  9. I didn' knwo they were turning that into a movie! I'll have to check out Mr. Latte. There's another one called: I loved, I lost, I cooked spaghetti that I'd like to read....

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  10. I KNEW I'd read something about that here. I'm reading Julie/Julia soft cover but I wondered if the hard cover was a different book. You'd think because it has a different name. Plus in Amazon it has the "people who bought this also bought this . . . ". Weird. Thanks. I was this close to ordering the hard cover.

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