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.