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.