Julie/Julia: A Project I need

I just finished reading Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell. I’m sitting here thinking, “now THAT is exactly the sort of project I need!”

Julie spends a year cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Childs classic “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” I love to cook and something like this would expose me to new dishes and techniques. I have already spent a number of afternoons researching and gathering supplies for complicated recipes (a Lamb Tagine is fresh in my memory, that I have yet to write about). However, in this particular cook book there are far too many recipes I would find too revolting to even try. There are dozens of recipes involving offal, and simply put, I don’t do offal. This is not the Depression, I don’t need to eat organ meats. Certainly though, I have the time on my hands to devote myself to such an involved project.

Now that I finished the book, I searched around and found her blog that she kept for “The Project” which I should have been reading along with the book, as there are more details about the recipes on the blog than in the book. But I also found this: A Vidlit with her reading a section I particularly enjoyed. Her voice sounds like what I thought it would! I’m a fan of books on tape, but more of a fan of hearing books on tape read by the author. You get a better sense of the timing and humor, the subtleties that are hard to communicate just in writing. There is always some bit of personal interpretation reading a book in your own voice, something of the author gets lost in that translation. But hearing the voice, that little sampling of the way she read her own writing just put the wit more in context for me.

Even if you don’t enjoy cooking, I highly recommend this read!