Sunday, October 18, 2009

The David/Julia Project?

Not quite. But I just saw this morning the very excellent movie Julie & Jilia, based on the book of the same name and the story of how Julie Powell wrote a blog about cooking all the recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

The book by Simone Beck, Louistte Bertholle, and most famously Julia Child which starts with the words "This is a book for the servantless cook". Eventually first published in 1961, andd first published in Great Britain, my copy is 1972 reprint of the Penguin edition that first appeared in 1966. Though I actually bought my copy sometime around about 1979/81 when my brother had introduced me to the book (second hand from Lawson's).

The original blog still exists and you can read it from its first post. Probably something I should do one day.

The scense in the movie where Julia Child is given a copy of Larousse in French is fascinating, because these days you can get a version in English. But if you really want to cook French you need your Beck, Bertholle and Child to get you started - Larousse just expands the repetoire.

Maybe my task should be the David/David project and cook everything from Elizabeth David's Italian Food. Her French Provincial Cooking is perhaps more famous, but I'm just fond of the Italian.

For anyone who is interested the movie is excellent. Also Julie Powell has started a new blog.

Bon appetit.

1 comment:

Vic N said...

elizabeth david has an esteemed place in history, but her books are impossible to cook from....they presume a level of expertise from novices that makes them a bugger to follow!!!