Saturday, January 2, 2010
I just saw Julie and Julia for the first time (I tend not to see movies until they come to my corner Redbox) and I really enjoyed it. I used to love watching Julia Child on TV and it was fun to see her portrayed by Meryl Streep.
My sons watched it with me. It wasn't their favorite I have to admit (not much of a guy movie), but we did have some fun conversations about cookbooks and blogging afterward. I started thinking about my cookbook collection and if I had to pick one to blog about for a year which one would it be. My 1975 version of Joy of Cooking probably has the most variety and is one of my most loved cookbooks, but there is no way I could bring myself to cook through the game chapter that includes recipes for rabbit, opossum and raccoon. I can hardly even read that chapter...it has diagrams. Ugh!
Two of my favorites are Moosewood Cookbook or The Lady and Sons Savannah Country Cookbook. I know that's an odd combination and the two don't really go together. The Moosewood Cookbook is a vegetarian cookbook with lots of healthy recipes and of course we know Paula Deen's recipes are down home country cooking with lots of butter and calories, but I love them both. I could see myself cooking all the recipes in either of them. I've pretty much already cooked my way through The Pioneer Woman Cooks, so that would be an easy one.
My most retro cookbook would have to be The Ground Beef Cookbook. It was published in the 1960s, but I found it at a garage sale. It has over 500 recipes and includes Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson's "Pedernales River Chili," and Mrs. Hubert Humphrey's "Dinner -in-a -Dish". There's a whole chapter of "first lady favorites" from the first ladies of Alabama, Alaska, Louisiana, Kansas, Ohio, and several others. It would be a fun cookbook to both cook from and blog about.
Would you ever consider cooking ALL the recipes in one particular cookbook and/or blogging about it? If so which one would you choose?