I know she is dead, but she DID live to be 91. Her husband lived to be 92. They drank, smoked, and likely ate more sodium and butter than anyone outside of native Frenchmen.
I was always a fan of Julia and watched her shows in real time and in re-broadcasts. I was given her book (Mastering the Art of French Cooking) as a gift and was so impressed I wanted to read more.
Her (auto)biography "My Life in France" is well-written and very entertaining. Two things are clear: she and her husband were dearly in love, and she was a driven worker who would have succeeded in ANY thing she took on. She didn't just write down recipes, she tried variations of each to adapt it to the American kitchen. Some recipes failed 20 times before she found the right way to make them with supplies at your local Kroger's.
If you watched "Julie and Julia", the parts on "Julia" were taken right from her biography. If you agree that those are the only parts worth watching in the film, and you owe it to your self to read "My Life in France".
BTW, any of the recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking can be used on your wild game. Substituting squirrel for chicken in Coq au Vin is a real winner! The amount of butter and wine in the Boef Bourguignon protects even the most lean venison.
was when she was cooking some sort of meat and wanted to sear the outside so she put on a welder's helmet and dropped it down over here head like an expert and used a torch for the searing.... Makes me smile just thinking about it.
Back at UT, on any given Saturday, my buds would invite me to go out to the lake for the day and I'd say no as I had some cooking shows to watch. They'd call me a dork...
I've learned so much from them and love cooking as well. That's why I have this sweet six pack mid section... ha ha.
"On top of spring they also make summer, fall and winter rifles"