Waaaay back in 2002, I somehow stumbled across The Julie/Julia Project, an early blog about a NY government worker named Julie Powell who had decided to cook every recipe in Julia Child's classic, "Mastering The Art of French Cooking" in one year. A formidable task.
Julie blogged her adventures for all the world to see, and after God knows how many pounds of butter, she accomplished her goal. I think Julie Powell has an amazing writing voice. Her posts are so vivid that I felt like I was there, in her tiny outer-borough kithen, at 3 in the morning when the @*#&$^! souffle wouldn't rise. You can just feel the mania and panic this woman experienced! I HIGHLY recommend clicking your way through all the posts some time when you need some entertainment- I don't know when I've ever laughed so hard.
Well, Julie got herself a book deal out of the blog, which she absolutely deserved. And I have in my hot little hands a brand new copy of the book.
The problem? I can't bring myself to open it. I'm afraid that the fabulous, honest, psycho Julie voice from the blog has been finnessed away by the no doubt excellent editing staff over at Little & Brown.
When I overcome this irrational impediment, I'll be sure to let you know what I think. In the mean time, I'm curling up with my other favorite blogger-turned-author, Stephanie Pearl Mc-Phee, aka The Yarn Harlot's new bookbookbook. It's FABULOUS.