Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bon Appetit!


I finished reading Appetite for Life, The Biography of Julia Child by Noel Riley Fitch. What a fantastically interesting woman Julia was. The public persona we think of with her teaching french dishes on PBS to the masses was only a part of her. In fact, she didn't get famous until she was about 50. I loved reading about her marriage to Paul Child. They loved each other tremendously and made each other successful. When he died in the book, I was very sad as I could only image how she must have felt.

I empathized with her as she was never able to have children and that would be her only regret at the end of her life. I wonder if I could move on with life and grab it by the horns as she was able to - to find so many ways that brought her joy and meaning.

Her young adult life in the service to this country was so fascinating. As this book was published before the government released that she was a spy it was more exciting.

The book was dry at times and there is a LOT of french food not defined but the story was compelling and I have a new appreciation for a woman that was often parodied as a smart, hard-working, joyous woman who revolutionized food television and the cookbook industry.

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Patty said...

Thank you for your post! I just watched the movie Julie & Julia and was so surprised to see how much Julia and Paul loved each other...I just never saw her in that way. I had her French cookbook and enjoyed making her French onion soup!! Oh, you're still so young, you will have children..I had my last at 41 and it was my easiest pregnancy out of my 3!! Good luck~~

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Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah, just came across your blog when i clicked next blog. i like ur sharing from ur heart particularly about ur losing 2 jobs in 1 year! also, i like d way u stay positive overcoming challenges in ur life. i m going thru a phase of my life that i feel nothing about everything.. so it's great to know that across the globe someone has experienced such negative things, yet stood and fought the good fight! Juz tells me God is alive! Cheers, Alice

ps.i agree w Patty, yes, u r still young! i have a friend who got married at 27. and got her first baby at 42. she nearly gave up. until one day, she heard from her bro-in-law, just surrender everything to God. at 41, her hubby and her were prayed over by our community, led by our elders. a few months later, she's pregnant! With God, everything is possible! i will keep you and hubby in my prayers.

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Shanel said...

I found your blog while blog hopping this afternoon....I reluctantly went to see the movie with a friend many months ago and actually it, wanted to cook more... but then reality say in and I decided that I didn't want to work that hard in the kitchen.....

Kajal Maharaj said...

Great post... I also watched the movie and really enjoyed it.

Kelly said...

Hi, I came across your blog and loved it! I used to watch julia childs with my grandmother when i was a child. I watched the movie julie and julia about 2 nights ago, and loved the movie. I honestly did not know anything about her except what I learned as a child from my grandmother.

Tiscj said...

Is it true that Julia was a spy?