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August 21, 2009: A Literary Repast

While on vacation in Scotland, I've been reading American chef Julia Child's memoir, My Life in France. I admit the hype about the recently-opened film "Julie & Julia" influenced my selection at Borders in the Philadelphia airport. I was only about twelve when Mastering the Art of French Cooking was published, and I've only seen clips of her PBS show "The French Chef."

So interesting are Julia's reminiscences about discovering France and French food, about finding her passion in cooking, about writing an in-depth, all-encompassing book on a single subject, and about learning to teach classes on television that I dozed little on my flight over the Atlantic.

As someone who also found my passion in working with my hands, who also spent years writing an in-depth how-to book, in my case Quilter's Complete Guide, and who also learned to demonstrate step-by-step techniques to a television camera, I found myself relating to Julia on almost every page.

Julia's love of France, especially Provence, her intelligent, self-effacing manner, and her obvious affection for her husband Paul made me an instant Julia Child fan.

I have only about 40 pages of My Life in France left, and I'm torn between a desire to gobble it up and a desire to wait and savor it later. In a way, I'm seated before a plate of Julia's sole meuniere—satisfied, but saving room for a little mousse chocolat.

Today's Fortune Cookie Fortune:
You will discover a new hero.

Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2009 by Registered CommenterMarianne Fons | CommentsPost a Comment | References2 References

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