While at the library today, I loaded up on a few subjects that I have recently become interested in. Julia Child and Pilates.
This morning, I caught up on some blog posts and was intrigued by some comments about Julia Child’s book My Life in France from Epicurienne’s blog. I always enjoyed anything with Julia Child, especially when she and Jacques Pépin would cook together. With that being said, how can I read about Julia Child and not check out one or two of her cookbooks? And how can I read about Julia Child and not get at least one book by Martha/MSO? Yes, the truth is out. I am a fan of Martha Stewart. I enjoyed her pre-prison television series, Martha Stewart Living, but I do not like her post-prison television show, The Martha Stewart Show. The post-prison show has a live audience and celebrity guests. Everybody does that. I liked her and her show much better when it was shot on location from Turkey Hill. It made me want to move to Connecticut. I can deal with the scandal with the sale of her shares and her brief imprisonment, but I cannot handle Martha turning into Rachel Ray. The format and production of Everyday Food is as close as it gets to a “pre-prison Martha” show. The Everyday Food show is clean, detailed, and precise. It is very graceful and calming to watch.
For the next few weeks, I will be reading about Julia’s life and her cooking. I also plan to read and educate myself more about Pilates. Pilates is my current fitness obsession. I absolutely love it! The Pilates books are by two recognizable women in fitness, Denise Austin and Mari Winsor. I also checked out the Pilates Workout for Dummies DVD, which I have seen before. The DVD gives excellent instructions, but I find the instructor a little annoying. That’s just me though.
Whether or not I will experiment with any recipes is TBD, but I will be working on hip circles and kneeling side kicks.