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Not Wanting to Appear Foolish

I truly wished to share with you my favorite quote from the book Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

The book itself is delicious.  I should know I have read it twice now!

Julie & Julia  the movie, I saw  4 times for my 60th Birthday.  I believe I would like to own a copy of this DVD.

So here is the quote I wished to share with you… from page 216

Somewhere along the way, I discovered that in the physical act of cooking, especially something complex or plain old hard to handle, dwelled unsuspected reservoirs of arousal both gastronomic and sexual.  If you are not one of us, the culinary depraved, there is no way to explain what’s so darkly enticing about eviscerating beef marrowbones, chopping up lobster, baking a three-layer pecan cake, and doing it for someone else, offering someone hard-won gustatory delights in order to win pleasures of another sort.  Everyone knows there are foods that are sexy to eat.  What they don’t talk about so much is foods that are sexy to make.  But I’ll take a wrestling bout with recalcitrant brioche dough over being fed a perfect strawberry any day, foreplay-wise.

(Julia too started learning to cook because of a man- Paul Child was quite a gourmand when she met him, and she didn’t know a thing about food.  For a while the war flung them together, but then of course the war ended.  Maybe Julia was afraid she couldn’t keep him, and that’s why she began cooking him all sorts of crazy things.  I’m particularly impressed by her attempt at calves’ brains in red wine sauce.  She had no idea what she was doing, of course, and apparently it turned out just awful – nasty pale shreds in a purplish, lumpy sauce.  He married her anyway.  I say ‘anyway,’ but I’d bet a dollar he married her because she was the sort of woman to try to seduce him with brains,  however badly prepared – because she was willing to risk repulsing him to win him.  How utterly illogical of her, and yet how utterly right.)”

So what are you doing to be foolish this April fool’s Day?   I’m cooking …..

Julie& Julia, the DVD and book, are available at Amazon by clicking on the book link on this page. (There’s a Kindle version too!)

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Look who’s talking now, looking forward to you great comments:

16 Responses to “Not Wanting to Appear Foolish”

  1. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. I saw the film and loved the concept .. the way a blog turned into something. Years ago I’d seen her obituary and thought I’d send a copy to a friend in South Africa who’s a great cook and knows masses .. I love cooking – but we had Elizabeth David this end of the world .. so know little about American cookery authors: but at least I recognised her name and realised the implication of the blog! One of those whim things ..

    April Fool’s Day .. spending time with my Ma .. and doing some decluttering – when I can drag myself away from the warm sun on my back at the computer!! Have a good Easter .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Chess, one of 100 objects, Northern Sea Trading Routes, India and Persia … =-.

  2. J.D. Meier Says:

    That’s a perfect piece of prose and I like the twist — “foods that are sexy to make.”
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..My Top Ten Lessons In Life – Ali Hale =-.

  3. Talon Says:

    Cooking feeds the soul and the body. I’m glad you’ll be doing some of that today, Patricia.

    I’m going to be playing in the dirt today – hitting the garden beds for some serious spring clean-up. March slipped away as sweetly as can be (and started that way, too) and I’m going to take full advantage of unusually warm temps, blue skies, and beautiful sunshine.

    Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter, Patricia!
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Goodbyes and Hellos… =-.

  4. Patricia Says:

    Happy Easter to All who Celebrate – and I hope the tricks played were not too foolish!

    Hilary,
    Oh you have sunshine – lucky you, I had a dry windy walk but now it is raining hard – maybe some snow tonight? I hope it is a good day for you with springs bounce surround.

    JD
    Food fuels life and living – all of it.

    Talon,
    We usually plant the peas on this weekend – and my partner was planning a bike ride, but wind, rain, sun breaks, and snow are plentiful. Enjoy playing in the dirt….and the sun:)

  5. Davina Says:

    This is the first April Fool’s post I’ve read today and I’ve read quite a few. That is surprising because usually with a holiday or special day of some sort, many bloggers write about the same topic.

    I’m wondering what you are planning on cooking that is foolish. Or is the idea of cooking foolish? :-)

    I’ve got no foolish plans today… but I did start work at 7:30 am. That is kind of foolish.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Beyond the Dysfunctional Family =-.

  6. Chris Edgar Says:

    Well, I hope she isn’t too hard on herself about the calves’ brains — I suspect that’s a hard dish to pull off for even the most discriminating “gourmand.” It would be even harder to induce me to eat it. :)

  7. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    I am foolishly not cooking today and foolishly not writing today except as a commenter. I decided to read many, many blogs…and work on preparing for a silent weekend….All those Lab tests are Monday morning now….no sugar for the next 4 days…no cooking….Sunday fast, fast, fast….Davina says I am 75% there….the results are going to be amazing…healthy – or am I just being foolish?

    Oh Chris….it’s all a matter of perspective those calves brains…My parents used all of the animal when they cooked it and raised it…I grew up on organ meat and no waste of the depression!…but now I eat mostly vegan and raw….I am going for health….

    Very few people eat the marrow now from beef bones….we give that to our pets…

    Trying to be a wee foolish!

  8. Barb Hartsook Says:

    I saw the movie but haven’t read the book — books give us so much more. By the excerpt you included, I’d say Julie writes as well as she cooks.

    Love this part:

    “…because she was the sort of woman to try to seduce him with brains, however badly prepared – because she was willing to risk repulsing him to win him. How utterly illogical of her, and yet how utterly right.”

    How utterly right — in many situations, not just marriage. Risk intelligently to win.

    Halfway through the day I asked my daughter, What day is it? Hahahaha! I used to contribute to April foolishness. Now I just smile… and find foolishness on many days.
    .-= Barb Hartsook´s last blog ..Spring Cleaning and New Beginnings =-.

  9. Tony Single Says:

    What did I do on April Fool’s Day? Well, after reading this I put one of my wife’s negligees on a roasted chicken. She agreed with me that it wasn’t particularly sexy, and that it was kinda hard to eat all wrapped in fabric.

    I may have to stop taking things so literally. 😛
    .-= Tony Single´s last blog ..Walking Through a Field of Thoughts =-.

  10. Tess The Bold Life Says:

    Hi Patricia,
    I did nothing out of the ordinary April 1st. I’m culinary depraved. Always have been and always will be because cooking doesn’t and never has interested me. I did love the movie!

    I tell people I have a missing gene and sometimes really believe that. I also think when my kids were all small and I was a teen mom I had no money and no cooking skills. I made do and my kids will laugh to this day if you ask them how bad it was. I did love to bake when they were small and was very good at it and it was fun. But I don’t even do that now. Just simply no interest. If you gave me free cooking lessons from the best in the world I wouldn’t go. How weird is that?

    I do hope you have a great silent weekend and lots of love and light to you.

  11. Mark Says:

    Love the quote and the fact that she tried to seduce with brains other then her own … very cool.

  12. Farnoosh Says:

    Davina, I truly believe what you are saying in the power of foods, cooking and preparing. I am not the cook or the chef in the family – my husband is and I thoroughly enjoy it. There is also a therapeutic quality to preparing food after a long day’s work.
    Movie was great but I have yet to read to book. Glad to hear a thumbs up on that too!

  13. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    Haven’t read the book, but it’s one of my favorite movies. Ever. Meryl Streep is amazing!
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Keeping My Daughters Healthy While Keeping Their Body Image Positive =-.

  14. jannie Funster Says:

    I have not read the book, nor seen the movie, but I’ve been in love with both vicariously. I guess I better hurry up and get in the know.

    And please notice that in honor of your silent weekend, I’m typing very very softly. see, I’m very shhhhh here. :)

    Happy Easter!
    xoxo

  15. Sara Says:

    Patricia — As I think I’ve mentioned my boyfriend loves to cook. Oddly, we haven’t seen this movie yet, but your endorsement of seeing 4 x on your birthday….well, that might get us to buy the C:~)

    I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend and my thoughts are with you for Monday. Be good to yourself:~)
    .-= Sara´s last blog ..My Grandfather’s Old Journal =-.

  16. Patricia Says:

    Barb,
    Just back from being on a silent meditation retreat…where I did a bit of spring cleaning. Both movie and book are great…there is lots more information in the book and very little about Julia C…..as they made it more about Julia C’s real life in the movie….each is complete. Lots more 4 letter words in the book – Wow does the author love the F word…. a good writer.

    Tony,
    You made me laugh out loud…I had to read your comment twice to figure out if I was understanding it!!! Then I got a visual image….very funny.

    Tess,
    Fabulous weekend and just right for me. No one home to think about missing the bunnies part any more….I do not love to cook, but have spent probably the largest part of my life cooking. My mother’s cooking was boiled tasteless and since I love to eat and taste – it was a defensive maneuver. I needed to learn to heal with food because my children had such allergies and Celiac Disease. We all have different specialties…that is what makes the worlds such a fabulous place.

    Mark,
    The book has a number of cool quotes…I just loved seduction by brains! Caught my attention!

    Farnoosh,
    Welcome, welcome and thanks for you good comment too! How lucky to have someone cook for you….The book and movie are different – equally as good. Though I think Amy ? played Julie as a gentler,kinder person than Julie of the book comes across….and boy oh boy does the writer love to swear…be forewarned!

    Vered,
    Meryl Streep is amazing. As far as Julia C the movie is much much better at telling about her life and times than the book… I am trying to decide if I want to own this DVD as my 5th movie…I just can re-watch it and feel great and optimistic about blogging!

    Jannie,
    The rain and hail were so noisy this weekend, I am sure I could not have heard your typing over the din. That was a very thoughtful gesture or jester on your part. Hope you are having a great Birthday. IT girl is stuck in Dallas….not close enough to crash the party! You really must see this movie…at risk of being too domineering and confused for a commando, I order you to see this movie.

    Sara,
    Oh you will love this movie – there is something magical about it. I have now seen it 6 times. Something new every viewing…all the men at my partner’s office kept saying, “I thought it was a chick flick, but it is not really, it is just a wonderful story about 4 people and finding meaning in their lives”….
    I hope Monday goes well too….I would be lying if I did not say I was at some level worried. I am hoping for a miracle – I think.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Not Wanting to Appear Foolish =-.