The Julie/Julia Project book is here!
Look what I got in the post today!! The very newly released Julie & Julia, from the blogger of the Julie/Julia Project. This blog was the very first foodblog I read, back in 2002, and I used to bound into work each morning to check her (daily!) update. I think it inspired a lot of early foodbloggers out there; I know it was one of Clothilde's main inspirations in setting up Chocolate & Zucchini.
If you're not familar with this fantastically hilarious blog, the premise was one fed-up New York secretary rapidly approaching 30 who decided to set herself a serious project for a year; to cook every recipe from Julia Child's "Mastering the art of French cooking"; no skips, no substitutions. Everything from eggs poached in red wine to whole boned ducks to souffles to sweetbreads. All 524 recipes in 365 days. After coming home from a stressful job a long commute from her apartment.
As Julia is such a witty, hilarious writer with a cynical, bitter outlook that I can relate to, I fell completely in love with her blog. As did the many journalists who discovered it, and a forward-thinking publisher who approached her for a book deal (isn't that what all foodbloggers dream about?) to turn her blog story into a a real published work.
So, I'm really looking forward to getting into this. And if you haven't spent any time reading the year's worth of entries, you will not have a more enjoyable couple of days than sitting back to read, or even reread, them all. I'm planning on it!
[Julie & Julia]