Friday, December 21, 2007

Have a very, merry, etc...

Well, I'm off to Santa Fe tomorrow for the holidays, there to eat a great deal of chiles red and green. It's been a good year - or rather I should say, the year ended a HELL of a lot better than it started, for me personally, which is all we can hope for in this world, no? I'm so pleased, in fact, that the fact that you can't get a smoked ham hock for love or money in this town is not enough to dishearten me.


Blogger EB said...

Yes have a very merry Julie!

4:09 PM  
Blogger tina said...

Merry Christmas Julie! You've had a year hand delivered by Santa--- I salute you!

7:16 PM  
Blogger mimi said...

Mmm Santa Fe!

Maybe you could start a new project "365 days of peppers" I think there are a bunch of different varieties, no?

he he he

1:38 PM  
Blogger tdm said...

I finished reading your book a couple of days ago and all I can say is "Well Done, Bravo, Keep Writing"!. Well as you can see I really could go on & on & on... I was hesitant at the beginning, but the book grew on me. I will be sharing it with my friends and fellow readers in the neighborhood.

I agree with mimi "365 days of peppers" sounds exciting. Here's to a wonderful Christmas and a great 2008.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Grammy said...

Have a wonderful Christmas in Santa Fe, Julie - we love the town, ate fantastic food there in between cruising galleries. I know 2008 will be an even better year for you. I'm looking forward to your movie and more books. Happy New Year, my dear.

2:42 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Merry Christmas to you! :)

10:44 AM  
Blogger glycerin said...

Heard you recommended on NPR this morning. Hooray!

4:13 PM  
Blogger anna said...

Hi Julie,
Just finished the book that a friend loaned me. I so enjoyed it, wading through it, just like you went through Julia's, but a whole lot faster of course. I live in Santa Fe but not there at the moment. Enjoy your red and green, not getting much of that at the moment, in Iowa. I can't tell you how I loved your book. Anna

8:15 PM  
Blogger Stellar Stamps said...

I received your book as a Christmas gift from my oldest and dearest friend. She paired it with THE MtAoFC so I could reference the recipes you were making. I did that once but after I started to really get into your book, I didn't want to waste a moment to stop to look anything up. I don't know the polite way to say this but this sort of book would not have leaped out at me at the bookstore. I am so grateful to my best friend because your book was a breath of fresh air to read! I do feel like a sort of voyeur since I am so far behind the pack in reading your blog but I hope to catch up. Thanks for bringing Julia Child and yourself into an appreciative home :)

10:09 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Greetings and salutations!! I just finished the book today - and loved it, loved it, loved it. *Loved* it.

I've appreciated the magic of Julia Child since I saw her carve a turkey with a Napoleanic sword when I was young. (I wonder if that clip is on YouTube??) The journey you took with her and the transformation of your life since speaks of her power and your guts. Bravo.

All that said, I was listening to The Splendid Table today, and Nora Ephram was on - talking about you and the movie!! Very exciting stuff.

So - congrats, Happy New Year and thank you. You helped remind me that even at 35, I don't have to have it all figured out today - I like to think I'm a late bloomer, like Julia.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Loved the book. I cook in a tiny kitchen in my apt outside Manhattan, am 30ish, married, and commute downtown on the 4,5 train everyday, so a lot of the material was intimately familiar and brilliantly expressed. I'll be sure to catch the movie. Good luck and keep writing (and cooking!)

Uh, just so you know the maggot part of the story did convince me to immediately clean that tray thing under the dish rack. No animal life forms, but something was definitely growing there and not happy to leave.

Happy New Year.

Tarrytown, NY

12:31 PM  
Blogger KateK said...

Julie - my partner got your book for Christmas, I think to prove to me that I'm not the only crazy woman out there with grand expectations of being a great cook.

I laughed my way through - I mean literally laughed out loud (my wife started to question the good idea-ness of getting the book for me for Christmas...).

Thanks for writing so truthfully about your experience. And also - I would probably "freak the fuck out" too if I tried to cut a lobster in half.

Brava. :)

8:26 AM  
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9:21 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

I can't wait! Meryl Streep as Julia Child! All's I could find was this of course:

Julie, I love your rags to riches story.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My boyfriend bought me your book for Christmas because I decided that I was going to learn how to cook and he found the premise wildly appropriate. I really loved your book, all 309 pages of it (even the acknowledgments!). I especially enjoyed "Lara Croft of food," "vile black shit," and the chapter on "crustacean murder." (Although I'm sure you did not enjoy experiencing the latter two.) I am thoroughly jealous of your job writing in your pajamas and your incredible ability to make sarcastic metaphors seem as easy as crepe batter.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

okay - so last night i'm lying in bed reading "the" book, which i love and my husband hates (i'll get to that in a sec). i'm at the chapter of murdering lobsters, which is hysterical because i'm orginally from maine. never really put much thought to throwing their little asses into a pot but now that's over after reading that chapter!! anywho, back to hubby, so he hates you because i read at night, he sleeps while i read, i start giggling, then laughing - he rolls over and tells me to stop reading or get out of bed. so i opted to get of bed! thanks julie. i really love the far!! haha
taxchester, i mean westchester, ny

10:17 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

I know I'm only a couple of years late and more than a few dollars short (I work for non-profit theatre), but I get my smoked hocks through Lewis Waite Farms. They have a partnership with the Queens CSA's. I was very excited when I finally got my hands on one without having to smuggle it in my luggage from baltimore...of course, going through the CSA also means that you pay five times more than the ones I pick up at the Baltimore outdoor market, but you have to pick your battles...

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