Thursday, December 15, 2005

Armageddon comes to LIC...

Eric and I have gotten hooked on a new wine store on Jackson Avenue, Vine Wine. It's totally hip and fantastic and affordable. Dangerous, is what it is... Now if I could only find an apartment here I could both afford and not freeze to death in, all would be well....


Blogger Leigh C. said...

If you find any cheap,warm ones that also accept pets, please let me know. I have a New Orleans refugee friend in dire need of such a place. BTW, do you know where one could find the egg wire wisk on the cover of your book? I'm seriously thinking of pairing it with your book as a composite gift for a friend...and possibly getting another for my three-year-old chocoholic chef-in-training son, who notices it on the book cover all the time. A hearty mazel tov on its publication, BTW...makes me want to grab a Long Island Ice Tea and steal the JC copy my mom has, in order to pore over it some. Stay well and warm, if possible.

Leigh C.

8:08 AM  
Blogger trailingbuffalo said...

Julie, you mean you're actually thinking about LEAVING your upscale loft in LIC with that wonderful HUGE kitchen and all of its memories??? LOL! Good luck finding the perfect place. And how about letting us know when you find some really good (and reasonably priced) wines that you're crazy about.

Leigh, I've seen those whisks near the checkout counters at Bed Bath & Beyond and also at Cost Plus World Market (along with other matching kitchen accessories featuring the same grumpy little chicken).


10:33 AM  
Blogger jenblossom said...

Vine Wine IS addictive. I'm in there at least a couple of times a week... and I don't even live in LIC anymore!

1:27 PM  
Blogger Oh!Susannah said...

does anyone know, is there an off-shoot from this blog? like an MB? i went back through J&J yesterday for a couple of hours -- wish it had a 'recipe index'-- and then had to laff good when i saw that in my own MtA copy i'd highlighted and made notes on the soubise about the same time, back in 02-3, when cooking was also saving my own sanity.

THEN! i'm browsing amazon's '50 best books of 05' list for a few last-minute buying suggestions, and i was SO pissed-off they didn't include J&J. well, i didn't need their suggestion, it is already a gift for 2 people, but it made me very cynical about the "value" of that "editor's choices" list. bah humbug.

MORE: i'm flipping thru the jan/current BA, looking for some dinner inspiration, and the #1 of their cover article "top 10 trends" is a recipe that states, and i quote: "French food is returning to our consciousness." DUH. wonder who is responsible for that???? no credit given, of course...

what's up with this? some kind of anti-J&J evil PR karma? mebbe the foodie-powers-that-be got really ticked off about the real Julia part, about her supposedly being ticked off. i mean, it's mebbe like slavish devotion to the JB Fdtn, etc.

i know what JP's done for me: reminded me of my own cooking origins, which were always french; reminded me of how tired i am of SW/tex-mex and pan-asian flavors; reminded me that certain new-ish cookbook authors and menus (will) probably owe JP/JC a great debt; reminded me to start re-using MtA (altho' i've used her later books extensively).

2:25 PM  
Blogger Leigh C. said...

susannah, I've gone through a bit of this with the promotion of a friend's fantasy/sci-fi book. A small blitz needs to be organized amongst you and other J & J admirers. Go to your local bookstores, inquire as to whether the book is available in store, order some copies right then, if needed and is not in-store; if it is in store but is not in a prominent spot, shuffle it around. (Suggested spots: next to JC or eclipsing Jeffrey Steingarten) If copies of the book are not needed right away, have you and your friends switch off and do the same thing: same bookstores, different people. Head to unenlightened bookselling sites and write rave reviews. You too have the right to promote a good book!

The effect will undoubtedly be akin to Berke Breathed's suggestion in an old "Bloom County" cartoon. Fanning out and flushing all the toilets at the same time in, say, the Pentagon, is bound to make people take notice. Booksellers' brains need a flushing, too.

8:04 AM  
Blogger catsnewwife said...

I loved your book! For all the reasons everyone else has said. I wept at the end...and didn't want it to end. When I had 4 or 5 pages left, I would read a paragraph or 2, then get up and do something, then come back to the book, read abit more, then put it down. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, whatever...

4:47 AM  
Blogger cybercita said...

hi julie,

are you doing any other readings in new york? i don't know how i missed your astor place appearance back in october. i'm glad i found this blog. i loved your book and gave away four copies to friends who laughed as much as i did.

just wanted to tell you that when you were doing the blog, you inspired me to give a dinner party straight out of mastering... the spinach gratin alone took four hours! big fun.

8:23 AM  
Blogger jendvm said...

Julie -
Your book is great! I've discovered that wines are always fun and so many varied flavors. I have a hard time getting them at the wine stores- I'd rather visit the vineyards and try them before I buy, but travel expense is hard from central Iowa. Oh - you said in your book that you and Eric like the theater and unusual stuff at that. I'd like you to check out my sister that will be coming to NYC in Sept 2005 with her multicultural group based in Berlin Germany. Their group is called Dorky Park and Constanza Marcras is the coreographer. It's unique to say the least, but very popular in Europe, Japan, and Korea thus far. The only web site I can remember is and that's only some of the musicians from the group.
Keep up the blogging and have a happy holiday!

12:19 PM  
Blogger S. said...

I love your book, but my copy is missing pages 183-214. I'll have to wait for it to come out in paperback.

3:53 PM  
Blogger CherieAustralia said...

Hi Julie, I am writing from Australia and have just read the last pages of your book and thought I would pass on that I enjoyed it immensely. Have just read your blog details as well and laughed out loud when I read that you are a Taurus. I am too and am not sure if you are aware the us fellow Taureans(?) are well know for loving our food. Also on the bizzare, have been with my husband since 18 and am hitting the big 3 0 this year. Only difference is you live in New York and i live on a 50,000 acre wheat farm.

4:35 AM  
Blogger Troi Toy said...

First hardcover book I've bought in a long time...different from the original blog, but wonderful all the same. I laughed out loud throughout most of it, and consumed it within two days. Then, like everyone should do with good literature, I passed it on to a good friend to read. Hope to see more of your work soon!

10:11 PM  
Blogger AnnieKNodes said...

I got your book for Christmas. YAY! And I say anyone who says it's not about cooking doesn't understand the heart and soul of cooking, so there. You completely captured the range of a cook's emotions-from the lows of misbehaving icings to the highs of a perfectly flipped crepe. I loved it.

I hope you have some readings in 2006. Happy New Year!

2:16 PM  
Blogger winediva said...

I think I have first dibs on the title Actress/Wine Educator/Whatever, which I thought you could appreciate. Anyhoo - while I get paid very little to act in the windy city, I do own a wine education and events business called Winediva Enterprises that pays me just fine, thanks.
I read your book in just two days and it lifted me out of a holiday funk with flying colors. Kudos. You rock. I've bought 5 hardcover copies for friends and plan to pimp it in my next newsletter which goes out to 750 Chicago foodie cork dork types. I hope they all buy one too.

p.s. My favorite cheap CA red right now is Marietta Old Vine Red. Doesn't have a vintage, but don't let that freak you out. Its about $12. Juicy. Spicy. Slutty in a good way.


5:24 PM  
Blogger dana t said...

They have the egg wire wisk at Sur la Table. If you don't have one near you, they probably sell them online.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Suzanne Adivari said...

Hi Julie...just started reading your book and loving every page. I have a 30 year old New Yorker daughter who you happen to sound just like you. It's just like reading her blog. I'm looking forward to many more evenings reading about your cooking exploits. Mine started at 17 when I entered a cooking contest in high school and won the title of "Outstanding Home Econmomics Student of the Year" for baking a pineapple upside down cake. Now the family joke (along with my wonderful trophy!!) is that the day of the contest only 3 kids showed up with cake, so it wasn't much of a win. To add insult in injury the local town paper did a story on it and wanted the recipe...I got out of telling them it was nothing more then a 39cent package of "Jiffy Mix" doctored up.....But I'm still proud to this day.....Happy cooking!!

7:56 PM  
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