Culinary Must Reads…
Besides cooking, reading is my top hobby so I thought I would share two wonderful culinary-themed books I just read — Julie & Julia and Kitchen Confidential. Neither are new releases but I finally got around to reading both of them.
Several people suggested reading Julie & Julia after I started my blog. Eager to read it before seeing the movie, I read the book last week. And I loved it! Julie Powell’s book recounts the year in which she attempts to cook — and blogs about — all 524 recipes from Julia Child’s Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Volume 1. The book was not only witty, but I also related to it. I recognize in myself the same pressure to cook a new recipe to deliver fresh content to my — as Julie Powell calls them — “bleaders”. More significantly, cooking and the writing of my blog provide me with a similar sense of purpose and satisfaction. I love running AdBuyer.com but starting your own company is stressful and often lacks the immediate gratification I like, so cooking a meal that Tim raves about and my readers respond to provides me a real boost. Now that I have finished reading the book, I cannot wait to see the movie. I love Meryl Streep and Amy Adams!
While I didn’t relate to Kitchen Confidential in the same way (having never worked in a restaurant), I have eaten in innumerable NYC restaurants so I loved the inside look into the restaurant kitchens. I really enjoyed Anthony Bourdain’s style and humor and concluded the book thinking that I like being a home cook and don’t think I have the chops to hack it in a busy New York City restaurant kitchen.