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Inspiration from Julie and Julia 
Jul. 15, 2010 5:19 pm 
Updated: Jul. 26, 2010 2:40 pm
Has anybody else seen the movie Julie and Julia?  It is a movie where a young woman named Julie works her way through Julia Child's cookbook and blogs the recipes she makes... Well this movie inspired me.  I have worked my way though numerous cook books after this.  I have bought no-name baking/cooking books, then decided to spend a little more money (when numerous recipes were only so-so) and bought "name brand" books, Ina Garten, Jamie Oliver, Oprah, etc. and found there is quite a difference between name brand and no-name cookbooks.  There are great references out there though, like the Joy of Cooking and I love marking up the recipe books with personal notes.  At the begining of the books I write the page and what the recipe is and rate them.  That way I know what I've tried and what I enjoy and can quickly find what I've made or what I'm looking for.  How about all of you out there reading this... what do you do?  Did you enjoy this movie too?  How do you keep track of what you love?
Jul. 15, 2010 5:29 pm
I just remember what I liked and didn't and what I did to change it. But believe me I can't remember if I talked to you yesterday, what color my car is, when my son was born, what my anniversary is and sometimes I really have to do the math to figure out my own age but I can remember what I cooked, when, how I changed it, for whom I cooked it etc.
Jul. 15, 2010 6:46 pm
I really enjoyed J & J fact, I wrote my first AR blog the day after seeing it. Then I went back to my Julia Child cookbook and eventually made her tried and true Boeuf Bourgignon. I also make notes on recipes, right on the page .. the date and a comment. Then for some reason I can remember where the recipe was years later (but I can't find my purse a half hour after I bring it in the house!
Jul. 15, 2010 7:05 pm
My Mom always made comments in her cookbooks, is she substituted something or if it was a particular family member's favorite. I can't bring myself to write in them because I love books in general so much that I take particular care with them, so I just can't do it.
Jul. 15, 2010 7:55 pm
I inherited my Mom's one and only cookbook with Granny's handwriting on the pages. I absolutely love browsing through it and every time I do, I feel closer to my Mom and Granny. I love going to second hand book shops and finding a book that someone already treasured once already.
Jul. 15, 2010 8:00 pm
I enjoyed it more for the history of Julia Child.. which I knew so little about. I found the storyline to be rather.. self serving. Not sure why, but I kept thinking throughout the film that I wanted to see more about Julia Child, not the blogger. I have no desire to open a cookbook and cook from beginning to end.. cooking for me is one of the few things that I do at my whim and I do it because I love it, am good at it and it's a ton of fun. If I did it for a living and had a purpose to it, most likely it would remove the joy for me. If you like old, heirloom treasured recipes, you should check out the Brass Sisters.. these two gals are a wonderful pair and their cookbooks are just heavenly.
Jul. 15, 2010 8:16 pm
Belles - I just saw a Throwdown with Bobby Flay episode with the sisters. They were hysterical!
Jul. 15, 2010 8:16 pm
It was Pineapple Upside Down Cake (and the girls won)!
Jul. 15, 2010 9:17 pm
I haven't seen the movie, but I've read the book. I am currently making many of the cupcakes from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes cookbook, but I'm only up to five. I've been blogging about it and while I don't really intend to make them all...just the ones we want. This is my first time to really get into cooking my way through a cookbook, although I'm only semi doing it!
Jul. 16, 2010 2:28 pm
Read the blog, read the book, saw the movie, and really enjoyed it (but it needed to be another hour longer to delve more into Julie's life; she is so much more than a framing device! I have several cookbooks I fantasize cooking my way through, but they are waaay too long! I'd never finish! Hats off to Julie for pulling it off!
Pam D. 
Jul. 19, 2010 5:53 pm
I have seen the movie and am also blogging about cooking. Check out my blog at you like it.
Jul. 26, 2010 2:40 pm
I have found myself working my way through Ina Garten's cookbooks, her recipes as DELICIOUS, you really can't go wrong with them. I have found it really has opened my tastebuds to new things. I have to admit I write in my cookbooks and they are frayed around the edges or smudged as I dropped little crumbs from my cooking on them. I know the good recipes when the page is well marked.
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