September 1, 2009
Going to the Movies
I had the opportunity last weekend to see the new movie "Julie and Julia", based on Julia Child's life. Meryl Streep plays Julia, and although I am not a movie critic, I thought she did a fabulous job.
I think everyone should see this movie, so I don't want to give too many details here. After seeing it, I enjoyed taking the time to reflect on Julia's efforts and determination to become a great cook. Above all else, her love, passion, and appreciation for food were the driving forces behind her success and fame. Watching her story on the big screen reminded me of why I got into the food business.
I still get a tremendous amount of joy from anything food related. Whether I am creating something new at Wildfire, looking through a cookbook or one of the numerous food magazines I receive, or simply preparing a family dinner at home, I don't believe that I'll ever tire of talking, writing, learning about or working with food.
I had the good fortune to meet Julia Child at a benefit for "Les Dames d'Escoffier" some years ago. I was lucky enough to obtain her autograph on one of her many cookbooks that I have collected, which is posted above. She was charming, humble and just as engaging as one would imagine.
My kids want me to make one of the recipes featured in the movie, Beef Bourguignon. Here is a recipe for this dish that is adapted from "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" by Julia Child.
Just for fun, I think I will watch some of Julia's old T.V. shows...
From the wood burning oven,