I saw the movie Julie and Julia yesterday–a fun thing to do on a rainy afternoon with friends. Meryl Streep’s performance as Julia Child was quite remarkable and the Paris portions of the movie were magical. For those who are unaware–the movie is based on two books: Julia Child’s memoir My Life in France and Julie Powell’s memoir Julie and Julia about her experiences cooking through Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year.
So the question is, can reading about food substitute for the real thing? I’ve updated my list of cooks’ and foodies’ memoirs–find out for yourself.