Tuesday, October 31, 2006


... I am officially the worst blogger in the world.

But I am not dead. And a few things have happened in the last month. Mostly, I won the Quills Award for best debut author, thanks to all you good people. This being a people's choice award, I lost in the food category to Rachel Ray. But seeing as how my fellow losers were Bill Buford, the editors of the Silver Spoon cookbook and Julia Child, I can't complain too much.

The best thing about the Quills Awards was that mine broke. It's this heavy metal and plastic thing in the shape of a book, and the plastic thing came apart from the metal part within about ten minutes, right in the middle of me talking to Al Roker and that skinny Kennedy woman. The awards people were aghast when they found out and want to replace. But hell no. I like it this way. It's so ME...

What I will not apologize for is the Republican bashing a commentor made on the last post. I think it's so funny that people think enough about my political opinions to trash them. It's not as if I wrote a book on public policy, you know? Why on earth would anyone care what I think? I think of the Julie of "Julie & Julia" as a character in a novel. She is a sometimes engaging often aggravating person, her mother's daughter, firm in her belief that anyone who voted for this administration in 2004 contributed directly to the destruction of our country, and she likes to rant. If folks read my book as if it were a treatise on the political landscape of 21st century America, well then, it's almost like they're reading my book to learn how to make souffle. Very wrongheaded.

Shouldn't probably have even addressed that. One more sign that I've become a bad blogger, I actually give a shit what mean posters say... But no more.


Blogger TimWarp said...

Congrats on the Quill!

6:11 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Congratulations on the Quill, Julie! I just spent my entire weekend in a mad frenzy combination of reading your book and alternately cooking ridiculously rich and buttery food. Thank for the inspiration! I'll spare you the additional vaguely-stalker-esque follow up of reading your NYT articles and your original blog... I am moderately obsessed at the moment (don't worry, it will pass). I am so glad I finally discovered your work!

Thanks again!

8:50 AM  
Blogger Susan in Italy said...

Congratulations on your well-deserved award. And about the Republican apologist? After reading the comment, I see little sense in it. She thinks it's unfair to criticize someone just because they have a D or an R after their name? As if political beliefs were random like eye-color. You have no reason to apologize.

1:37 PM  
Blogger HeatherG said...

Congratulations on the award! I devoured your book this past weekend. Damn delicious and completely dead on. Wickedly and astutely funny. I laughed loudly about 347 times (much to the annoyance of my husband, who was trying to write a paper in our very small hotel room).I will be looking forward to more writing...

2:44 PM  
Blogger Lulu said...

congrats- my vote mattered! hee hee

7:24 PM  
Blogger booberrypancake said...

How dare you have an opinion and *gasp* express it?!?!?! I wonder if your commenter would write those same comments to Ann Coulter, who has made a fucking career out of painting eeeeeevil Liberals with the same broad brush?

At least the copy of the book she abandoned (her loss, completely, I might add) was already paid for.

Congrats on the Quill. It's much deserved. I'm terribly sorry to have missed you at the TX Conference for Women a few weeks back, but I'm hoping you'll return to our fair city sometime soon. And I look forward to your next book!

6:22 AM  
Blogger Brian Eden said...

Sure, you could choose to ignore the republicans. But that won't make them go away. (Though I wish it would.)

As I see it, there's only one thing to do.

Powell/Roker in 2008.

Who's with me?

7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you are back. Waited for months for your book to come out in paperback (am broke) and read it in a day.

I’m a bleeding heart liberal registered democrat who can’t wait to vote in a week. But I’m really confused by your response to Sara’s post. She wasn’t bashing you; she was just expressing her opinions. And if you have the comments on it is a totally appropriate thing for her to do.

I was disappointed by some of your “rants” (your word) in the book as well. Sweeping generalizations are only going to exacerbate tensions. It is always frustrating to read them coming from intelligent people.

But frankly, I was more disappointed by your post today. When you published a book that contained political opinions you opened the door to debate. Sara didn’t bring up politics, you did. And then to back peddle and ask why she would care about your opinion is really naïve. The book was not published as fiction, so I am bewildered about why you would distance yourself from the Julie in the book by saying she is a character.

Yes, I realize I am opening myself up to public flaying here by your loyal readers. And yes, I hate the idea of people responding to this in a mean way. My feelings will be hurt. But I think this is important enough to put my opinions out there.
Trashing a group of people is wrong whether you are Ann Coulter or Al Franken. But Sara didn’t trash anyone. Why do we need to jump to anger and start calling names like “Republican Apologist”? I just reread Sara’s post and that characterization is just odd.

Do I want Bush out of office? Fuck yes. Do I think he has damaged our country severely? Fuck yes. But the best way to encourage change is to explain you ideas to people who disagree, rather than just insulting them. Insults are a sad excuse for opinions and they are just so easy. Explaining your ideas might be harder, but isn’t it worth it?

Congratulations on the Quill award. And when your next book comes out I will be in line to buy a (paperback) copy.

7:52 AM  
Blogger wheresmymind said...

Dude...you were one of the first foodbloggers out there...I'd have thought you would've ignored most of us commentators by now :D I wouldn't feel bad about loosing to Rachel Ray...anyone with 200+ recipe's for burgers isn't all that interesting to moi

12:13 PM  
Blogger Di said...

Welcome back! Missed ya!

Can't remember if I told you, but I reviewed your book on my blog. This is the excessively long link:

Or you can just Google Di's Book Bloggkz, click on book reviews and scroll down to the August 29 entry. Would LOVE to have you comment since I wasn't able to get down to see you at Books & Books in Miami due to a husband and best friend with very screwed up priorities!

Keep blogging...you were missed!

4:56 AM  
Blogger Di said...

Sorry...I goofed that up it's:

Di's Book Blog

Those extra keystrokes were from exhaustion.

4:58 AM  
Blogger wahoo789 said...

congrats-- I just got to read your book.
I liked reading it, especially when I fell off the couch laughing so hard. That happened a lot since you have a talent for recounting not-so-funny occasions in a funny way. I'm glad you got the chance to share your experience with the world.

3:40 PM  
Blogger GreatBigChallenge said...

I have to come clean. I didn't buy your book but I borrowed it from Hammersmith Library on Shepherd's Bush Road in London. So no doubt in ten months time 7 cents in lending library fees will reach you. Sorry about that. Anyhow I thoroughly enjoyed it, reading it on the tube as I went in to work.
I admire the way you have found something you love, pursued it to an insane degree and created soemthing brand new of your own out of that experience. What a leap of faith.
I suspect you don't have the time to read other people's blogs. But I'm embarking on a rather more tragic quest to persuade my son to eat vegetables. It's the Holy Grail of Vegetable eating. I'm looking for any inspiration for tasty recipes, tricks, legal bullying etc.
I suspect Julia Child might have suggested filleting my son and sautee-ing his spoilt behindin butter. Still might be worth a try...

I have to come clean. I didn't buy your book but I borrowed it from Hammersmith Library on Shepherd's Bush Road in London. So no doubt in ten months time 7 cents in lending library fees will reach you. Sorry about that. Anyhow I thoroughly enjoyed it, reading it on the tube as I went in to work.
I admire the way you have found something you love, pursued it to an insane degree and created soemthing brand new of your own out of that experience. What a leap of faith.
I suspect you don't have the time to read other people's blogs. But I'm embarking on a rather more tragic quest to persuade my son to eat vegetables. It's the Holy Grail of Vegetable eating. I'm looking for any inspiration for tasty recipes, tricks, legal bullying etc.
I suspect Julia Child might have suggested filleting my son and sauteeing his spoilt behind in butter. Still might be worth a try...

2:00 AM  
Blogger Michelle O'Neil said...

Congrats on the award! I just finished your book and LOVED it.

Thank you for the delightful read!

11:04 AM  
Blogger ruby-crowned kinglette said...

confused about which kennedy you mean... aren't they all skinny?

9:39 PM  
Blogger Mrs. V said...

I can't believe I'm gonna comment on this since I usually just hang around this site like a stalker and try to keep my mouth shut but...this whole Sara thing got my goat. First, yes, I read J's book--my sister gave it to me for my 29th birthday (appropriate, don't you think?). Second, I'm a Republican...or at least, a conservative. Third, I don't give a rat's ass if Julie bashes R's all day long because her insights were funny as hell and I always appreciate a girl who can curse properly. okay, all that said, here's my beef, Sara-wherever-you're-hiding...this is a pluralistic society that was designed for debate. To put down a book because you disagree with someone's personal perspective is horrifically narrowminded....it's like the parents who want to ban Harry Potter because they don't believe in witchcraft. It's that head-in-the-sand mindset that keeps people from truely educating themselves. You can't just keep running from the things that "offend" you; it's highly unrealistic. I'm a conservative Christian (gasp); I loved Julie's book. I don't hold to all of the same tenants that she does...should I? And if by reading Julie's book, I suddenly turn away from all of my prior convictions, were they really convictions? If coming in contact with someone who is "different" causes you such distress that you must amend your views, you didn't know what you thought in the first place. It's a weakness on your part. The beauty of first amendment rights is that everyone-crazy lunatics included--get to stand on their soap box and sound their barbaric yawp.

9:12 AM  
Blogger marcib said...

Julie, you deserve every award you receive for Julie/Julia. I love your fresh, funny and irreverent style. I was so excited to discover that you are an Amherst alum (only slightly cooler than Henry Ward Beecher, of course). I was class of 2004. If ever you get a moment (which I am sure you don't often), maybe you can offer some advice to us journeymen bloggers with big dreams of your kind of success. You have inspired us all to hope for book deals. How did you do it?

11:00 PM  
Blogger canadian_sand said...

Julie, First I wanted to congratulate you on getting your Quill award. I just finished your book and I loved it!!! It has made me want a project. At first I considered trying to cook all the recipes in MtAoFC vol 1 to see if i could do it. But I am not brave enough to eat brains or liver for that matter. Then I thought I could tackle volume 2. Then I decided that this was your project, and I couldn't just steal your project. So now I am trying to come up with a project of my own. I love to cook so I thought maybe some sort of cooking project. But I am a grad student so my project has to be somewhat affordable so that I can keep up the social life of a graduate student which surprisingly (or not so much for those of us who hate grad school) involves a lot of alcohol consumption. Alas, I am now project less and as i have finished your book, have nothing to read.
Anyways sorry I tend to babble. But i just wanted to let you know that you are like Julia Child is to you to someone else.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Janet Kelley said...

Our Book Club read your book this past Friday night. With the first taste of the stilton cheese pastries (I can't remember what they were called AND I've loaned my copy of your book to another friend!) we began a night of food and book talk bliss.

Your book was a hit with all of our members, which doesn't always happen. A few mentioned that they plan to give it as a holiday gift.


7:10 PM  
Blogger Tom Mylan said...

Holy Crap!

I can't believe no one said anything about you losing to Rachael Ray! That, in a metaphoric nutshell, is what's wrong with the America today.

I caught the Iron Chef throw-down between her and the anorexic and I'm still getting retarded tingles from watching it. Rahael Ray stirring the cranberry curd looked like she was giving the world's most unenthusiastic handjob.

What were you doing at Fleisher's Meats the other day? Not that I'm stalking you, I was on a field trip to hang out at our butcher and get some quality time with Jessica and Josh.

Anyway, I can't wait to read your next one and hopefully this time you won't lose out the popular vote to a potato-head who couldn't cook her way out of a paper bag.

11:12 AM  
Blogger taria said...

oh who cares what others think, everyone is intitled to their own opinion and if they can't handle it then screw them right?

its a free country speak your mind and enjoy it.

9:05 PM  
Blogger taria said...

oh duh, congrates on the win, I hope one day I will get an award for my books as well, that is if I ever get the courage to let someone other than my family read them. lol

and hopefully we can meet and I can say I was a follower of your first blog once upon a time. I was a lurker though not knowing much about the internet back then okay I'm crazy.lol

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