During my Snowbird stay, I ran out of reading material. It’s not exactly King’s English, but Snowbird Center Sundries carries a small collection of books, and I found there a 75-percent-discounted hardback copy of Julie & Julia by Julie Powell. The book’s complete title is Julie & Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen. This isn’t a brand-new effort—it was first published in 2005—but I still highly recommend it for your summer reading list. Julie & Julia is a thoroughly entertaining, sometimes gut-busting, totally irreverent book about the author’s attempt to save her sanity, her marriage and possibly her life by cooking her way through every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1, and doing it all in one year. Whether you’re a serious cook or have never set foot in a kitchen, I think you’ll find Julie & Julia to be a truly unique and highly enjoyable read. Julia Child passed away before Julie & Julia was published, but I’m pretty sure Child would have loved it too.
Because You’d Want to Know Dept.: To become an official Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) barbecue judge, you must pledge an oath. No, I’m not kidding. Here it is: “I do solemnly swear to objectively and subjectively evaluate each Barbecue meat that is presented to my eyes, my nose, my hands and my palate. I accept my duty to be an Official KCBS Certified Judge, so that truth, justice, excellence in Barbecue, and the American Way of Life may be strengthened and preserved forever.” I was tempted to add an “amen” when I took the pledge. (KCBS.us)
Quote of the week: I’m a man. Men cook outside. Women make the three-bean salad. That’s the way it is and always has been, since the first settlers of Levittown. That outdoor grilling is a manly pursuit has long been beyond question. If this wasn’t firmly understood, you’d never get grown men to put on those aprons with pictures of dancing weenies and things on the front …” —William Geist
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