Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy 100th Birthday, Julia!

MasteringartfrenchToday would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday.  I must admit, I never paid much attention to her until after she was gone.  I've never been much of a cook.  But writing the Booktown Mysteries, which include recipes, has made me a fan of all kinds of cookbooks, including Julia's Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

I must admit it was the movie Julie & Julia that really caused me to look into Julia Child's life, and what a fascinating one it was. I've probably seen it about 20 times by now.  I love it on so many levels, not only because of the cooking, but the struggle of two writers to become published.

DearieI not only read Julie Powell's book, Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, but also My Life in France, by Julia Child.  And I've been contemplaing reading the new Julia Child biography, Dearie, The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, by Bob Spitz.

To celebrate her birthday, I'm going to cook one of the recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking and blog about it on Friday at The Cozy Chicks Blog. (And I'm not telling which one!  You'll just have to go over there and take a peek!)

Julia_child100And so ... Happy Birthday, Julia.  You really did live a remarkable life.