Last year I wrote blog, Bon Appetit with Love about "cooking with Julia," so to speak. As I pointed out, you don't have to be a master chef like Julia, but do try and tackle at least a couple of her recipes. Julia's recipes are basic good ol' home cooking using fresh ingredients and basic cooking skills that we have steered away from due to the convenience of processed foods. Might I recommend that you invest in one or two of her cookbooks? Yes, they are still in print, and better yet hunt down some of her used cookbooks. People will think you have had those well-loved books for years, and you know your way around the kitchen.
Let me also recommend to you to read her book, My Life in France. This is an autobiography by Julia focusing on of the things she loved: her husband Paul, France, and the pleasures of cooking and eating. It mostly takes place during the years between 1948 to 1954 bringing to the pages great detail of her life with Paul in Paris, Marseille, and Provence.
This book is one of those "simple trimmings" for an elegant life" that is my motto for this blog. If you cannot make it to France today, this week, this month, or even this year; pour yourself a cup of tea or a glass of wine and live vicariously through the eyes of the lovely and whimsical Julia. She certainly knew how to live. Happy Birthday Julia.