Are we cooking more, or do we just like to think so? Julia Child at the top of the bestseller list

I’m leaving in a few short minutes to go see Julie & Julia. I don’t expect a quick stopover at Barnes & Noble afterward; my diet can’t handle all that butter, that’s for sure. But apparently a lot of movie-goers can’t resist the urge to own their own copy of Julia Child’s famous book on French cooking. What I wonder is, how many of them are actually doing the cooking? I suspect it’s more like what the NYT’s Michael Pollan noticed a few weeks ago — and it’s a great article so don’t miss it — we’re all watching Top Chef but still eating take-out.

From The New York Times:

After 48 Years, Julia Child Has a Big Best Seller, Butter and All
Almost 48 years after it was first published, Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child is finally topping the best-seller list.

3 thoughts on “Are we cooking more, or do we just like to think so? Julia Child at the top of the bestseller list

  1. I don’t know if I’d cook from it if I owned a copy (who has the time?) but I love reading cookbooks for pleasure. I don’t own many but they’re a soothing read if not an inspiration for actual meals. I’m sure I’m not the only one who does that.

  2. Hey, I cook . . . 😛

    And I have to speak in defense of rich foods, too. I’ve actually gotten back to using things like a good amount of butter to make the food I’m cooking richer. And what I find is that generally, we eat a lot less of the richer foods. And that’s just with substituting butter (for example) for veggie oil–we eat less of the same dish.

    But I also strive for making every meal to be about half veggies too–so the meat is more of a side than a main–which is also part of the French (and Italian) food culture.

  3. I love watching cooking shows for pleasure, so reading the cookbooks makes sense to me too. Don’t get me wrong: I’m completely guilty of watching more and cooking less.

    Deirdre, when the day comes (and it will!) that I am on a “maintain weight” diet, that’s exactly how I plan to eat — back to using oils, just smaller portions, more veggies than meat, etc. But right now I’m in lose-mode, and rich foods are out.

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