The Julie/Julia Project
I’ve been reading a blog called the Julie/Julia Project which got the Julie part of the equasion a fat book deal and which started me on this trek you’re reading right here. Initially I started this blog out of a sense of injustice that somebody else came up with an unoriginal plan to do something I could have easily done myself. Julie set out to cook every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year. I remember having read that Martha Stewart had done the same and I don’t think it would have been all that tough. So I felt robbed and not a little self-critical that someone had done it before me. Such a simple idea and I didn’t think of it. Of course I know that if Julie had never gotten famous, I wouldn’t be writing this at all. Anyway, all my resentment of Julie and her book deal has melted away after reading the first 2 months of her blog. She’s a brilliant writer. She writes about cooking and how she’s getting though it with her job and long commutes etc. and I can’t wait to see what happens next. She’s made Mastering The Art Of French Cooking into a page-turner. Somehow, she weaves her cooking descriptions with the pathos of her daily life. My hat is off to her.