Monday, August 13, 2007

At long last I'm evil!

So I'm reading my Atlantic Monthly today, a piece about the essential immorality of gourmets - a position I have a certain amount of sympathy with. So imagine my surprise to find my book quoted - extensively! B.R. Myers takes issue with my account of lobster killing; the passages apparently indicate that I am hostile "to the very language of moral values."

Finally, someone gets me!

Seriously, though, I actually do feel like his point is fairly dubious. He seems to think that I'm all about mocking people's sensitivity to the lobster killing, but that isn't the case at all. On the contrary, my lobster chapter was all about the real hesitancy I had to boil the lobster, which I was doing at Julia's explicity behest. Yes, I make with the funny. But I laugh at all manner of offensive shit - the lobsters are just getting the same treatment I give everybody else. Better, even; can you imagine the heights of crassness I'd have reached if I'd been writing about boiling Karl Rove?

All this to day, thank you, Mr. Myers. You hate me, you really really hate me, and that is sort of awesome.


Blogger Teri S. said...

I totally understood what you were getting at in the lobster chapter. Even though I love lobster, I have a problem with cooking them. It has something to do with driving back to Virginia from Maine with several live (but hibernating) lobsters in the car. I kind with them.

I just finished reading your book, which has inspired me to pull out my mostly unused copy of MtAoFC and start cooking. Thanks for the inspiration!

6:43 AM  
Blogger Emma said...


Today I finished your book. I should have been finishing my book, the one I'm writing and have been writing for years and I'm finally almost, almost finished. But instead, I finished yours and I loved the last bit.

When I got married in 1970 my mother-in-law, who learned to cook in Paris in the 50s, gave me my copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol. 1. I have cooked from it ever since but have never dared boned duck or eggs in aspic. You are a very brave person.


3:08 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

A friend suggested that I read your book and I started it on the week-end. I've loved it so much that I haven't been able to bring myself to finish it. (Don't want the fun to be over!!!) Tonight I've found a quiet moment at a friend's home (I've been on holiday with no internet access) and now that I have found your blog, I know it is safe to finish. Thanks for the laughs and inspiration.

By the way, I read the introductory quotes of the lobster section to my family last night. We think you did a great job of capturing the challenges you faced!

5:14 PM  
Blogger Jojo said...

Julie, Julie, Julie! Hi! I loved your book and ... well, this may be a tangent ... but I think most of us are so far removed from the the killing of animals, be they lobsters or cows, that we comfortably eat them but couldn't kill them if our lives depended on it.

Thank you for your contribution to entertaining literature and cooking.

Did you know someone is doing a similar project at

5:28 PM  
Blogger Dot Com Mom said...

Let them eat lobster!

3:25 PM  
Blogger Moody Foodie said...

Julie, am late to the cult of Julie Powell (sorry, I tend to resist foodie books that people tell me I HAVE to read as I'm naturally stubborn and sulky) but wanted to drop you a note. This isn't the place for it (though I do have many feelings about killing lobsters, mostly that it doesn't happen often enough or with enough butter). But, and I know you hear this all the time, but when I finally read your book last week I was struck by the many similarities including the PCOS, tolerant husbands, deep love for food, resentment of escalating Park Slope rents, and general foul-mouthed, big heartedness between us. Mostly though, its the PCOS thing. If you have any good doctors you're seeing or insight, I'd love it. All the listserves about it are so freaky and neurotic and shrill...
Would love to hear from you. But if not, keep up the good work.
Tomi Douglas
aka moodyfoodie

9:02 AM  
Blogger Miriam said...

A year with Rachael Ray? I'd fucking kill myself.

7:18 PM  
Blogger Ann Nelson said...

OMG! I just finished your book this morning (needy children be damned!!) and HAD to check out your blog. As for the lobster killing...puhleeeeze. I once used a lobster as a prop for a Halloween costume - a diver. It wasn't until I was completely wasted that guilt started to kick in and I left the near-dead fella in a hotel fountain. I was halfway home before the thought of chlorine hit me and I started crying. At least you killed to eat.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Hey Julie,

I loved your lobster essay, and I have to say that Myers' attack on both you and Michael Pollan seemed utterly unjustified. Of all the food writers to go after, he goes after two who have actually written something about animal pain. What the hell? Why not go after someone like Anthony Bourdain or any of the endless number of chefs/writers who really DO act contemptuously toward the notion that we should at least *consider* the animals we're eating? So ridiculous. Wrote an angry letter to AM to say so.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

手機遊戲,貼圖,A片下載,成人影城,愛情公寓,情色貼圖,情色,色情網站,色情遊戲,色情小說,情色文學,色情,aio交友愛情館,色情影片,臺灣情色網,寄情築園小遊戲,情色論壇,嘟嘟情人色網,情色視訊,愛情小說,言情小說,一葉情貼圖片區,情趣用品,情趣,色情漫畫,情色網,情色a片,情色遊戲,85cc成人片,嘟嘟成人網,成人網站,18成人,成人影片,成人交友網,成人貼圖,成人圖片區,成人圖片,成人文章,成人小說,成人光碟,微風成人區,免費成人影片,成人漫畫,成人文學,成人遊戲,成人電影,成人論壇,成人,做愛,aio,情色小說,ut聊天室,ut聊天室,豆豆聊天室,聊天室,尋夢園聊天室,080視訊聊天室,免費視訊聊天,哈啦聊天室,視訊聊天,080聊天室,080苗栗人聊天室,6k聊天室,視訊聊天室,成人聊天室,中部人聊天室,免費視訊,視訊交友,視訊美女,視訊做愛,正妹牆,美女交友,玩美女人,美女,美女寫真,美女遊戲,hi5,hilive,hi5 tv,a383,微風論壇,微風,伊莉

9:34 AM  
Blogger meldaresearch said...

One should know which company has the best writers whose essay is free from grammatical errors. Grammatical errors reduce the quality of a custom paper especially those who want to pre written research paper and those seeking for custom assignment services.

5:35 AM  
Blogger meldaresearch said...

Our writing company is the most college research papers company and we are always ready to answer any form of questions which may come up especially those seeking for best writing services online.

5:36 AM  
Blogger Assignment Help said...

The increasing importance of Writing Assignments has prompted a students to take a helping hand from
assignment online help
assignment help online

1:18 AM  
Blogger Richard Majece said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

5:02 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home