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
By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD
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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