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Julia Child, the Queen of French Chefs

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And here she is circa 1980?

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/11 at 08:34

This is a good time to rediscover Julia Child

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I am reading her memoir “My life in France” co-written with Alex Prudhomme. It’s a wonderful book that portrays Julia with the same fidelity that Meryl Streep does in Julie & Julia. BTW I saw no point in the story about Julie, but the chick lit style of US culture seems to be what that part of the film was about. I have little patience with silly young marrieds, especially as played by the Julie actress. And the less said about the character of her husband the better.

But let’s get back to wonderful experience of reading Julia’s memoir. I highly recommend this book. It was a real page turner for me.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/01 at 13:42

Box office champs today

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I was a bit surprised a week ago or so when the NY Times published a piece about the dismal box office results for many top Hollywood stars whose earning powers seem to have dimmed this summer season, temporarily or as a sign of their coming decline.

But you can’t say that about Brad Pitt, Julia Child or Michael Jackson. Brad Pitt’s efforts in Tarantino‘s … Basterds movie is a first week end hit. Julia Child’s book about French cooking sold more than 22,000 copies in 7 days after the movie  Julie and Julia was shown. While the other dead celebrity, Michael Jackson, has sold more than $100 million of music artifacts since his death a few months ago.

So as the living legends lose gloss on their earning power two dead stars are boffo box office hits. Go figure!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/08/24 at 04:45

The connection between cooking for yourself and diet

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Julia Child, 1989, at a signing for The Way to...
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Michael Pollan is well known, to me at least, for his knowledgeable  discourse about food and its preparation in this 21st century in which so much of ordinary life has been given up by too many of us to the corporate solution.

I was intrigued by his NYT magazine piece this weekend because he began by focusing on Julia Child because of the movie “Julie and Julia” and the fact that Julia Child’s PBS TV program about French cooking was such a  significant part of his own growing up since his mother watched Julia’s TV show often.

Most revealing is the thought in the last paragraph of his essay:

Yet Balzer himself made it clear that he recognizes all that the decline of everyday cooking has cost us. So I asked him how, in an ideal world, Americans might begin to undo the damage that the modern diet of industrially prepared food has done to our health.

“Easy. You want Americans to eat less? I have the diet for you. It’s short, and it’s simple. Here’s my diet plan: Cook it yourself. That’s it. Eat anything you want — just as long as you’re willing to cook it yourself.”

Sounds simple, inexpensive and to the point. So get up off your ass viewing “Food Network” and start that meal for yourself!

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Books and the Vancouver Public Library

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Two months ago I returned to Vancouver from a 5 month hiatus in China. Aside from the difficulties of finding my own niche in a bustling China I missed my connection with books and it’s only now that I can freely reserve new and old books from that I realize what a treasure it is and how much I missed it.

I am looking forward to seeing the new movie “Julie and Julia” so much that I couldn’t miss Michael Pollan‘s NYT Magazine piece about Julia Child and the movie. I picked up on Pollan’s mention of Julia’s life memoir published after she died, “My life in France“. So I scooted over to and found the library catalougue entry for it and immediately reserved it,  just like that!

These days thanks to I am back into reading three and four books in tandem. Kind of fun. But I am particularly looking forward to reading Julia’s memoir. What a goofy looking sounding genius she was and so adorable, to me.

So much of my life now is music, history, interesting descriptions of science and philosophy and good novels and my Mac is my best window into all of this.

And this blog is an invaluable place so that I can record and muse about my life, past, present and future.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/08/02 at 10:37