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Happy Birthday Julia!!

August 15, 2009

Did you know that today is Julia Child’s birthday? If you haven’t seen Julie & Julia yet, today might be a good time to go and celebrate the gift Julia gave to all of us.

I hope she would be honored that the film seems to have reignited a passion for home-cooking. Her first cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking, now in its 40th edition, sold out on Amazon after the release of the film. The publishers have ordered a reprinting of 750,000 copies, so you can still get one if you haven’t already. I am currently reading her memoir My Life in France that she wrote with her nephew. It is a love story about falling in love with food and cooking. Her enthusiasm for everything is infectious. They have so beautifully captured life in Paris during this time and the smells and flavors of the dishes as she masters them, you are hungry for more with each page.

Bob and Marsha had a chance to meet Julia years ago at the Masters of Food & Wine dinner in Carmel. I sat at their kitchen table the other night and heard them recount their evening with her. She sounded as enchanting in person as she was on television.

We have dear friends who are also in love with Julia. Avid homecooks themselves, they have a collection of cookbooks that has to now number into the thousands. Tonight before the movie they are preparing some of the classics from Mastering the Art of French Cooking to honor the great Julia Child. How are you going to celebrate?
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