So I'm perfectly aware of how trendy it is to be into Julia Child's cookbook at the moment. Meryl is up for an Oscar for her role in 'Julie & Julia' and more copies of Mastering the Art of French Cooking were sold in a week after the movie hit the theaters than in any full year since it was published in 1961. Therefore, I am sure that we are not being terribly original by deciding that we can master French cuisine. My sister-in-law Amberly gave me the cookbook for Christmas and we have been enjoying tackling different recipes almost every weekend.
So far, we've made Fricasse de Poulet a L'Ancienne, Roast Leg of Lamb, Coq au Vin, Boeuf Bourguignon, and Carbonnades a la Flamande. The Boeuf Bourguignon has been our only disappointment. It tasted fine but all the other meals have left us amazed. For dessert, we've done a chocolate mousse, creme caramel, and a souffle. The souffle will be attempted again- it didn't rise to a very impressive height. The recipes have not been difficult just very involved. For instance the first recipe that we cooked was three pages long. That seemed daunting but doable and then we realized that two items mentioned had their own recipes in other parts of the book!
You may wonder why Coy has been so willing to participate in this culinary project. This picture may help explain the interest:
Also on our second go-round, Coy turned to me after completing the first step of the recipe and said- I just sauteed bacon in butter, no wonder we love this food so much.
Is this project very good for our waistlines? No but it has been a fun way to fight the winter doldrums and a good reason to have friends come over and help us feast.