Posted on October 26 2011

http://youtu.be/vjvJHsJD8ic I’ve said this before, but the decision to cook everything from th

I’ve said this before, but the decision to cook everything from the Tartine Bakery cookbook was quick and without much forethought into the journey I was truly embarking on.  My five-second thought process went something like this:  I’m going to bake something from that Tartine cookbook, I can’t decide what to bake, I should just bake everything in this cookbook, I will bake EVERY thing in this cookbook, I am going to keep track of it all in a blog, Go!

I’d never read the book Julie & Julia, nor have I seen the movie.  I knew of it, of course, it’s not like I live under a rock, but it hadn’t crossed my mind at all as I figured out what I wanted to do here and plot out my course of action.  When I mentioned my plan to almost anyone, I heard “Oh, yeah, just like Julie & Julia,” and I couldn’t help but feel out of the loop.  Maybe you don’t know who these ladies are as well, maybe you’re the one who lives under a rock.  But, if you were to tell someone about my blog, then J-squared (as I so affectionately have started calling the ladies) will definitely be brought to your attention.  I went out and bought the book, expecting to dig right in, but it’s still on the shelf.  Let’s get real – baking, writing about baking, and catching up on Breaking Bad, are currently my life.  (And my husband and child, they’re up there on the list of “my life” too.)

I finally took a look at the trailer for the movie last night, and I see some common threads beyond the fact that Julie and I baking our way through an entire cookbook.  The meltdowns!  I joke about not being adept at separating egg whites, extinguishing fires in the oven, having anxiety attacks as I worry that I’m overheating caramel, or even freaking out because my son is devouring a cooling tart shell on the dining room table.  I think it’s a positive thing that I can turn these lemons into lemonade, but it’s a process.  There is screaming, frustrated grunts, pacing, opening the oven too much, almost tears, throwing down oven mitts, and occasional stuff I am too embarrassed to mention like outbursts directed towards my loving and supportive husband.  I think I expect to be great at something I’ve never done before, and it can be pretty frustrating, which may lead to some dramatic culinary moments involving dropping myself onto the floor.  I haven’t done that yet, but I am self aware enough to know that plopping myself onto the ground is not beyond my dramatic scale.

As I’m writing this, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m going to skip the movie, and keep the book on my shelf for a while longer.  I appreciate the comparisons, but I want this to be my journey.  This trailer is all I’ve seen, and all I will of Julie Powell until I’m done.  I’m afraid watching the movie, reading the book, or even Googling (Google-ing?) her name will influence my effort in some way, and I’d like to avoid that.  So, it’s okay to keep those comparisons coming, I promise I won’t have a Hulk-like rage at the mention of J-squared.  I’ll just smile and nod with the only understanding of the comparison is that Julie Powell and I baked our way through a cookbook.  Well, she actually did it, and I’m just about to embark on the 10th recipe…

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