Thursday, October 06, 2005


Okay, everybody in Portland. I have made a HUGE MISTAKE. The address I gave you for the reading tomorrow is wrong wrong WRONG. It is in fact happening at:

Powell's Books
Cooks and Gardeners' Store
3474 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland OR

Got that? Good.

Oh, and Catherine. Wait, wait, I AM going to be in the San Francisco area. Twice, actually. On the 21st at noon I'm going to be at the Santa Rosa Jr. College Culinary Cafe for a reading and lunch. Then at 7 I'm going to be at Book Passage in Corte Madera. So, no, not San Francisco proper. But the vicinity, anyway. I hope you can come.

In Seattle now. Got up at 4 am to get here, and now must go have a delicious lunch of salami. Because my life is very, very hard. And then tonight, a reading at Third Place Books. Somebody please come!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

ms. powell: tx to diana marder's wonderful and lengthy article about you in today's philly inquirer i'm here, and didn't know where/how else to comment. i'm so happy to have read your story and want to read backwards on the site. lol, i honed my own original cooking skills in a nyc kitchen about the size of yours, and french cooking was also my beginning. moreover, i'm awed by your effort; 35 years later, i still refer to my 2 MTAOFC books, but i often think, "no way!' when i encounter certain methods.

fwiw, i need to add that 4 years ago i was going thru a dermoralizing divorce, and then 9/11 happened. it was cookbooks/mags+tvfn+plus continual cooking that saved me. for a solid 18 mos. i did nothing but eat, sleep and live cooking. i learned new techniques and cuisines. but i also had my mother's example to fall back on, as did you, from what i've read. lol, my mom would often cook from Gourmet but it was LeSeuer canned peas all the way.

btw, my favorite JC recipe (altho' i can't dispute the BB) is the Bombe aux Trois Chocolats from JC&MC; i still have my original templates from 1985.

i take it you're on a book tour; hope all goes well. look forward to exploring the site and the book.

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Powell at Powell's! It's almost as catchy as Julie/Julia.... ;-)

3:11 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Oh, Julie I hope you ate your Salami lunch at Salumi on Third Ave. I vacationed in Seattle this summer and had the best salumi sandwich ever there.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Shit - I'm in L.A. now and I missed YOU.

We just moved here, so as soon as I find out where the hell Corte Maderia is I'll be there on the 21st.


4:25 PM  
Blogger Anita said...

Aren't you coming anywhere close to Charlotte NC

5:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, I am planning to trek ALL THE WAY to Corte Madera. After 7 years in the Bay Area, I know where it is (well, kinda. I have a friend there and I know it's northeast of The City.) After all that driving, I may need a gimlet of my very own! Maybe I should just bring a bottle of wine to sip. (Is that considered tacky? Or, I dunno, the sign of an addiction?)

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Julie & Julie Friday and cannot tell you how much I loved it! Ever since I heard about the Julie and Julia Project, I thought...that is a fantastic idea and something I would have loved to do...years ago when I was young and could afford the cholesterol attack and the calorie hit to my waistline. Alas, I can no longer cook that way (not that I ever did all that much with butter) but I do still love to cook. But, as so many others have commented, you have inspired me! I ordered Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which I have never owned, for some crazy reason. I actually got on Ebay to see if I could buy a used but older version of Vol. 1 and found that 1st editions go for a mint. One sold for $226! Even 10th editions were pricey. I began reading the Julie & Julia Project blog and I have to say it is some of the most entertaining, wickedly funny writing I have read. I think I am somewhere in October and I am already an addict and huge fan. I am going to look up some of these recipes and who knows, maybe I will actually find a few I think I can do...maybe I could just do one a week however I am afraid there are some I am sure I will never attempt. You are a much braver foodie than I! All those innerds and other odd bits -- not for me.

You have also inspired me to start a blog of my own. I have been having the most interesting and simultaneously scary experiences with an online dating website (and very few dates as a result) and while I have found that there is no way I would find someone to have a meaningful and lasting relationship with on the Internet, there are many who do. My good friend and I have been sharing our experience and actually joked that we needed a website of our own to give advice and guidance to men about their profiles and what to say in the question and answer stage of the process. I love men but they need some serious help with thing to say...or not, as the case may be. We have been talking about this for two or three months but your movie and blog have really motivated me. I haven't gotten it up and going yet but hopefully soon. I am not a writer like you so I doubt mine will have much entertainment value but I think it will be a blast. And theraputic. I'd love some advice on blogging as this will be my first venture. I suppose there is a "Blogging for Dummies" out there somewhere.

Well, to conclude, your book is on my list and since I am leaving on vacation on Sunday, undoubtedly I will have it before I leave. Thank you so much for tenacity and humor.

7:31 PM  
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