Obvious State

My Account

A Confession

Julia! I'm 37 years old, and until Saturday, I had never made Julia Child's beef bourguignon. Yes, it's true, yes it's embarrassing, and yes it's just plain unacceptable. So what was the kick in the pants I needed to finally cook this revered dish? Sadly, the screening of Julie and Julia. Air France was kind enough to provide it on our flight back, and since I had already watched both episodes of Gossip Girl and was therefore out of junk food, it was time for haute cuisine. I can't say much about the movie that hasn't already been said, since most other living, breathing human beings watched it when it was first in theaters, so I'll stick to what it did for my Saturday. I wasn't even unpacked, yet I drove to the bookstore and bought Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I had meant to pick it up for years, and am equally embarrassed that I didn't own it. Who doesn't have this book?!? I meticulously followed the directions, which is rare for me. I'll usually toss in extra garlic or eliminate something, but not this time. It felt wrong not to do as I was told. After the bacon was cooked, the meat browned, the onions chopped, the wine poured, I not-so-patiently waited the two and a half hours it required to cook. An eternity, I tell ya. When the timer finally went off, I retrieved it from the oven, removed the lid, and released the most heavenly scent into the kitchen. Three seconds later, armed with forks, we stole a few bites right from the pot. Hands down one of the best dishes I've ever made. Thanks Julia. Thanks Air France. So tell me. Have you made it? Do you love it?


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Bluebelle

I'd never heard of that book or Julia Childs before the film came out, maybe she's more famous in the US? But I really want to see it so maybe I'll end up getting the cook book too!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by vanessa joie

I keep meaning to buy that book too… but as a single girl I keep asking myself when would I make such fancy dishes? But watching the movie definitely made me want to cook.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Jenna – It's so worth it!

I can't get over how good it was. And the leftovers were even better.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by sweet fine day/Jenna

yeah, we've never made it. we don't even own that cookbook. I know, a real travesty. But maybe we will now.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Alice at Simply The Nest

I don't own MTAOFC either (I prefer cookery books with pictures so I can see what my food will theoretically look like before I start to cook it).

However, I have made Boeuf Bourguignon many times before. And it's blooming marvellous. And yes, the leftovers are even nicer the next day.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Barchbo

Sounds delicious! I have certainly heard of the book, but I don't own it! I don't plan to own it, either. I am not much a of detail-oriented cook, with all the patience it requires. I've read it, though. Checked it out of the library in college for a technical writing class. I would love to EAT anything in it!! Yum!

This is my French cooking bible: http://bit.ly/6P5hWR
Stained, and loved. And way easier.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by patricia

I've been thinking about getting the book… maybe now I will.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Victoria

it is surprisingly hard to find anything julia child related here in the UK (unless in the mecca of London)…but luckily the BB recipe is on-line! I almost made it for boxing day lunch…but then made a combo JC/Canadian Living/Jamie Oliver recipe instead…maybe not as good as JC, but defo delicious!

PS so lucky air france is cultured enough to have Gilmore Girls! (I also watched J&J on a flight from the UK a few months ago)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Susan – Not lame!

I thought I was the last person to cook this dish, but am surprised I am not alone.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Valerie

Ahem, sadly, I do not own that cookbook either. But I did see the movie, and swore I'd buy the cookbook. Haven't yet though. Perhaps now I'll be inspired to. That recipe sounds fantastic!

Leave a comment

Join our mailing list for news and offers