A new movie, Julie and Julia, starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child, Stanley Tucci and Amy Adams is coming out in August. Foodies and film fans alike will enjoy the memoirs and cookbooks the movie is based on.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child (c1961)
As a young wife, clueless about cooking, Julia Child went to France in 1948 with her husband, Paul. Her first meal there – a simple sautéed sole – changed her life. She began learning French, then took cooking classes and eventually wrote the classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Its publication in the United States launched the culinary revolution that is still inspiring and challenging cooks today. First published in 1961, this groundbreaking two volume work (written with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle) contains many basic recipes French cooks knew by heart, but were astonishing to American home cooks of the time. From a simple garlic soup to her exhaustively tested and retested recipe for an authentic loaf of French bread, Julia set out to liberate cooks from what she saw as the tyranny of “home economists” and the marketing of bland packaged mixes and TV dinners. Check catalog for availability.
My Life in France by Julia Child (c2006)
This memoir compiled from Julia’s writings (and published posthumously) displays her sense of humor, keen observations from her many experiences and her passion for the good things in life - all of which makes for a tasty read. Check catalog for availability.
Julie and Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment: How one girl risked her marriage, her job, and her sanity to master the art of living. by Julie Powell (c2005)
Inspired by Julia, and realizing she was unhappy with her life as she turned thirty, Julie Powell took it upon herself to prepare all of the Mastering the Art of French Cooking recipes in one year. Powell blogged as she went along and while her tales of cooking disasters and triumphs became popular, her real purpose, to rediscover her joy in life and the pleasures of a meal shared with friends and family, was achieved. Check catalog for availability.
Incidentally, the movie Julie and Julia is written and directed by Nora Ephron, no slouch in the kitchen herself!
- submitted by Christine @ MPL Central