I must have been under a rock when the Julie/Julia book first came out. I certainly did not know of the blog when Julie was working her way through Julia’s recipes. Heck, I don’t even think I knew that blogs existed! Perhaps when the book came out I wasn’t intrigued by the idea of blog to book writers? Whatever the case –I am on a roll now– having recently finished two different “food blog to book” stories. Back in July (before fever-pitch marketing started for the Julie/Julia movie) I stumbled upon a table at the bookstore dedicated to Julia Child and decided to give the Julie/Julia book a try. I can’t find very many remnants of the old blog – oh, how I wish it were still live! I can only find the blog that Julie Powell writes about life after the recipe blog became a book deal and in turn, a movie. Needless to say, I enjoyed the book. I have not yet seen the movie. I can’t decide whether or not the movie will make the book a disappointment, or vice versa. Thoughts? Did anyone see the movie that was inspired by the Julie/Julia book? The second book I finished this month was A Homemade Life. It is an incredibly sweet story.
Blogger Molly Wizenberg writes Orangette. She started the blog because she wanted to write about food. The story in A Homemade Life starts with memories of her father and follows her life through finding herself, starting the blog, falling in love (via the blog) and ends with a wedding! She seems much more in love with the experience of food than she is in love with cooking. This book was much more about the memories behind the dishes and I really enjoyed her writing style. If you’re reading blogs, are interested in food and have yet to read either of these books – I’d suggest to pick one up, go sit in a lawn chair, soak up some sun and get reading!
Tomorrow we are flying off to attend a wedding in Charleston, South Carolina. My fingers are crossed that the hurricane doesn’t put a kink in our plans. I guess bad weather threats are what we deserve for planning a 24 hour visit to the South for a wedding at the end of summer. I am sure we will be spending much of the trip in the airport waiting on delayed flights. Do any of you have other “foodie” books you’d recommend that I pick up for our adventure? Whatever you’re up to this weekend, I hope you have a good one. Fingers crossed, I will see you here on Monday, that is … if I am not still stuck in Charleston. winkwink