I thought I was embarrassingly obsessive about Iceland. But now that I'm familiar with Julie Powell's insane goal of cooking 536 recipes in 365 days, my obsessions seem very tame. As those of you who have read Julie's blog or her book, or saw the movie know, she worked her way through the entire 1960 edition of Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child--in one year!
My Life in France. (If you are thinking of reading it, don't get the movie tie-in version by Random House, because it is lacking all the charming photographs. Get the delightful Knopf edition.) After reading My Life In France, Antonia said, "I want to be Julia Child's best friend!" I felt the same way. I found the book totally engrossing, and loved every minute I spent with Julia. Each page of the book conveys to perfection her personality, and her relationship with food, with her husband Paul, and with France.
I've pulled out my 1961 edition (nineteenth printing--1970) of Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volume One, which I inherited it from my Mom--some of the recipes have her notes. Back in the early 70's I remember making Stuffed Mushrooms, Cheese Soufflé, Sautéed Ham Slices-Fresh Cream Sauce, and Chocolate Mousse from this book. I made the mousse again recently, and it was just as delicious as ever
Next up: The French Chef is on my Netflix queue. And I hope to revisit Julia Child's kitchen at the Smithsonian, where it will hold increased fascination for me.