Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Spoiled Rotten Weekend Part II
After a long day of eating delicious food and shopping, my mom and I thought it would be fun to see a movie. We chose to see Julia & Julia. This film depicts events in the life of chef Julia Child as she learned how to cook French cuisine in Paris in the 1940s. It's also about a girl, Julie Powell, who aspires to cook all 524 recipes from Child's cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I LOVED this film! What was not to like? France, humor, cooking, blogging, a Nora Ephron film, beautiful scenery and seeing it with my mom = the perfect combination.
What is probably even more special than the experience of seeing the film is that I inherited my own copy of Julia Child's famed cookbook. The 1961 edition was my grandmothers who gave it to my mom, who gave it to me. And some day, I will pass it along to my daughter. I am a sucker for all things sentimental, and I feel honored to have this book in my possession. Thank you Mom!
I have already started to look through it, drooling over the desserts such as "Crêpes Fourrées, Frangipane" or Crêpes with Almond Cream, but quite turned off by some of the more exotic sounding dishes like "Foies de Volaille en Aspic" or Chicken Livers in Aspic (if you don't know what aspic is ... see the movie!) Some of the ingredients are a little foreign to me like "arrowroot" but on the other hand I think it just makes me curious enough to find out what it is. I am not, however, very curious about how to cook brains.