Do you know what it is now?
Did you guess?This is my well worn and faded copy of Julia Child's Mastering The Art of French Cooking Volume One.On the weekend I posted about seeing the movie Julie and Julia and I noticed Kim also had a post about it yesterday. It got me thinking and remembering all the times I had used this wonderful cookbook. We got married in 1969 and this was one of the first cookbooks I got. It was the bible for anyone who wanted to be a "gourmet cook". At the time I didn't really know that it was a breakthrough in cooking for the cooks of North America. I just liked the recipes.I used it a lot back in the day but seldom do anymore. We are more conscious of eating healthy and so many of the recipes are loaded with butter and cream !In the 70s gourmet dinner parties were very popular and I was constantly turning to Julia for inspiration when we it was our turn to host the dinner. When I got out the book this morning and flipped through the pages, it automatically opened to a couple of recipes. By the look of the mess on this page I made boeuf bourguignonne a lot! Another favorite was crepes. I was quite the expert and could make them very thin. As you can see, this is also a well used page! Here is my old fry pan with a copper bottom which I bought just for crepes.
I learned to make quiche and french onion soup. The soup is still a family favorite.Wooden spoons and several sizes of whisks were a must.
The book jacket was lost long ago and as you can see the spine is very faded.
Seeing that movie reacquainted me with an old friend.I had forgotten what an important part of my life that cookbook was and how much it influenced me as a cook.
When the weather turns cool I am going to make boeuf bourgignonne again. I think I'll put my old frying pan back into action and make some crepes one of these days too! It wasn't until I saw the movie and began to recall cooking from the book that I realized how much Julia Childs influenced me in my early days as a cook. Thank you Julia!
Have you seen the movie?
Does the sight of Mastering The Art Of French Cooking bring back memories for anyone else?