Oscar Banquet Reads

Julia Child
My Life in France
by Julia Child with Alex Prud’Homme
The way Julia Child writes about food I can smell it – the bubbling butter and meat. She recalls daily life in France, describing in detail the markets and meals enjoyed, and the arduous creation of her master tome. But really this is a love story between Julia, her husband Paul, and France. Best photos – recipes with “top secret” scrawled over them, a selection of Valentines produced by the Childs, and pictures of her immaculate kitchen with everything hanging in its place.
(NM – I haven’t forgotten that I borrowed this from you 2 years ago!)

Lucky Peach

Lucky Peach
A quarterly food journal created by David Chang (head of the Momofuku empire) and published by McSweeney’s. This is one of those rare publications that I have to read every single page of. The current issue covers topics ranging from molecular gastronomy to Thai street food. Plus there are recipes. What stuck in my head the most was that two separate pieces about 2 separate restaurants stressed (almost manically) the importance of cleanliness in their kitchens. I don’t know why I was so surprised by this.

David Sedaris

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris, illustrations by Ian Falconer
A collection of dark fables told by David Sedaris, what could be more appealing? But this is not a children’s book. The stories are heartbreakingly cruel, beautiful, and hilarious. My favorite in the book is The Squirrel and the Chipmunk, a parable about prejudice and lost love. J has read it aloud to me probably 5 times, and I cry at the end every time.
Listen to David Sedaris read it here courtesy of This American Life.

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