The French Chef vs New Food Network Shows

PBS is having a marathon of The French Chef shows today! Julia Child is a delight! What a difference in comparison to today’s food shows.

Perfection is the most important aspect of current (highly edited) cooking shows.

Take the “Next Food Network Star” – the contestants have to perform flawlessly or they will be scolded. I don’t think Julia Child would make it past week one on The Next Food Network Star. She’d be criticized for her clumsy performance!

But her charming imperfection was what made her show so alluring. She was an experienced chef/cook, but she made you feel like she was just like us, fumbling our way in the kitchen!

I love her! God Bless Julia Child! Thankfully we still have access to her past shows!

Julie & Julia

“No matter what happens in the kitchen, never apologize” (Julie Child)

I just watched the “Julie & Julia” movie last night and loved it! The movie was light and bright and fun. I loved the parts about Julia Child’s life. So many fascinating aspects of her story. I am wanting to learn more. NO, I don’t want to cook with more butter and cream, but her “fearlessness” in the kitchen is so inspiring!

I want to try to cook more complex recipes! So inspiring!

Yes, it was a little disappointing that Julie never got to meet her idol though.

After googling though, I understand a little better why Julia Child was so negative about it. She didn’t like stunts and was very protective of her name, and felt exploited when anyone made money using it. Plus, she thought that Julie wasn’t a “serious” cook, always complaining. LOL

I found Julie Powell’s online blog “The Julie/Julia Project” and was initially disappointed that I couldn’t find all her entries. I realized I didn’t look far enough. The blog navigation is not very user friendly. Start at the first blog entry, and work your way forward using the calendar dates. Once you reach the end of the month, click the next month link, and so on. It is disappointed that there doesn’t seem to be any reader comments left though.

But I will start reading it. The beauty of cooking blogs are the photos, and with no photos and comments on this blog, we’ll see how far I get.

I was going to request her book from the library, but after reading some of the negative reviews online, I changed my mind. I don’t want to ruin the enjoyment of the movie, and I don’t want any negative feelings clouding my judgment of Julie Powell. So, we’ll just leave it alone.