The “Julia Child Birthday Mix”! Food Of The Gods! Provencal Cooking At Its Best!

Time To Rock Out With Julia Child!

Julia Child

First of all, when August 15th comes around, it means all foodies need to shout:

“Happy Birthday Julia!”

This iconic chef changed the way everyone thought about food, and she broke many barriers as well! Her big smile and love of food will certainly always be missed! So let’s sing a song to her!


Julia Child Remixed!

In celebration of her 100th birthday two years ago, PBS posted this: “Julia Child Remixed” by John D. Boswell, aka melodysheep, for PBS Digital Studios. Please support your local PBS station to show your support for this terrific work:

http://www.pbs.org/donate

julia-child-with-rolling-pins


So Let’s Celebrate Julia Just A Bit More!

Julia wrote a great memoir that details how she grew to love food, her life learning to cook in the kitchen, oh – and her time in the bathtub with her husband as well!

Julia Child

My Life In France – Julia Child and Alex Prud’Homme.

Here is her classic book about her life in France, which led to her becoming America’s greatest cooking personality.

Here is how the book is described on Amazon: Julia Child single-handedly created a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and her television show “The French Chef”, but as she reveals in this bestselling memoir, she was not always a master chef. Indeed, when she first arrived in France in 1948 with her husband, Paul, who was to work for the USIS, she spoke no French and knew nothing about the country itself. But even before she could cook, Julia knew how to shock – just look at this Valentine’s Day card she sent out one year!

Her book vividly recounts her culinary education, from taking classes at the Cordon Bleu to her struggles with the head of the Cordon Bleu, rejections from publishers to whom she sent her now-famous cookbook, and a nearly fifty-year long marriage that took them across the globe. She became an icon – so much so that Dan Aykroyd parodied her on Saturday Night Live in the 70’s:

And of course, Meryl Streep portrayed her brilliantly in the movie “Julia & Julia…”

Cooking With Julia!

I never had the chance to meet this great personality, and I certainly didn’t get to cook with her – but I got close! t had the chance to actually cook on her stove…thanks to Patricia Wells!

More on cooking with Julia in a moment, but first, here is a look at the terrific memoir from Patricia Wells:


“We’ve Always Had Paris…And Provence” by Patricia and Walter Wells.

Here is the Amazon writeup of Patricia Wells and her memoir:

“Patricia Wells, long recognized as the leading American authority on French food, and her husband, Walter, live the life in France that many of us have often fantasized about. After more than a quarter century, they are as close to being accepted as “French” as any non-natives can be. In this delightful memoir they share in two voices their experiences—the good, the bad, and the funny—offering a charming and evocative account of their beloved home and some of the wonderful people they have met along the way.”

Patricia Wells has published a number of food guides and cookbooks, and they are all terrific. Here is just one of my favorites:

Patricia and Walter own a home in Provence, which they open up several weeks a year for a cooking class – one that Alex and I were able to attend in 2009 and cook with Julia!


PATRICIA WELLS COOKING CLASS IN HER KITCHEN!

We and the best time cooking with Patricia Well and her husband – a group of 12 of us – for five delicious days. Every day you plan, prepare, cook and consume a terrific series of dishes, made as a team, under Patricia’s expert direction…

Here we are with Patricia, posing in front of the Julia Child’s stove – a gift to Patricia from Julia – this is her provencal stove she cooked on for years – so, I did cook with Julia, just many years apart!

What is so much fun about the cooking class is that it takes place at their home – which they call Chanteduc – located in the shadow of the french village Vaison la Romaine, near Avignon:

Their book is full of stories of the life they have built together in Provence, and when you spend a week cooking with them, you see what a terrifically happy couple they are. Here is Alex getting some instruction from Walter:

After cooking together, you eat the food in a group setting – here we are on the veranda enjoying lunch together – a wonderful way to savor the hard work that went into the meal.

Every day another meal, another adventure – so much fun, and always with the full support and guidance of Patricia:

The twelve of us had the best time cooking with Patricia, as she guided us through an amazing array of dishes, always using the best local ingredients, many from her own garden…

OK, I mugged to the camera while Patricia did most of the work…


ALEX’S EGGPLANT DISH!

Look at how beautiful this dish is, made with eggplants you harvest from Patricia’s garden!

It was one of our favorite vacations ever, and we learned things that influence our cooking to this day. Check out Patricia’s website for a bunch of great stuff, including information on her classes:

http://patriciawells.com/

Here is our view of the town from our room…

We stayed in the small village of Vaison la Romaine, so french and perfect for a cooking adventure…the picture above is the view from our front den window, and this was our view of the town’s old fortress from our back terrace outside our room…

The medieval streets of Vaison la Romaine were so much fun to wander….

As you can tell, we loved it! Even if you can’t cook with Patricia, pick up one of her many cookbooks – and read her memoir with Walter – and live the provencal life!

And click the story below to read all about our cooking adventure with Patricia!

https://johnrieber.com/2012/06/10/tasting-provence-cooking-with-patricia-wells-food-and-travel-unite/

And happy birthday Julia!



Categories: Awards, Books / Media, Classic Rock, cookbooks, Exotic Travel, Food, Food Review, Led Zeppelin, Recipes, Restaurants, Talent/Celebrities, Travel, Travel Adventures, Travel Memoir, Uncategorized, Wacky Food

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Joy Lennick

Writing and Reading

Kenny's Camera, Cooking & Crazy Confessions!

It's photography, recipes and madness. It's laughter, it's lessons, it's life...

Captain's Quarters

Exploring sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult novels.

Roberta Writes

How you see life depends on how you look at things

Thirsty Journeys

Quenching your thirst for travel

Robbie Cheadle

Books | Poems | Reviews

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

Just muddling through life

The ups and downs of a working mum

Darlene Foster's Blog

dreamer of dreams, teller of tales

Diary of A Movie Maniac

A Personal Journey Through Cinema & Television

Urban Suburban Girl

(adj.) cul – de – sac couture

You can always start now

exploring possibilities

Realweegiemidget Reviews Films TV Books and more

You can take the girl out of Glasgow. Entertainment Reviews from a Wee Scottish Wife and Stepmum living in Finland.

I didn't have my glasses on....

A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.

Through the Shattered Lens

Where mainstream meets grindhouse, exploitation, otaku and gamers

The Planking Traveler

Affordable Travel, Enjoyable Movement, And Healthy Living Inspiration

Laura's Books and Blogs

Writing tips, giveaways, reviews, essays, and more!

Pages, Places, & Plates

Reviews of books, eateries, experiences, and travel.

Binging on a Budget

"Help Me, I'm Poor."

Sunshine with Savannah

Writer aiming to cultivate kindness. | Exploring, learning, scribbling, finding sunshine wherever I go.

Notes from the U.K.

Exploring the spidery corners of a culture and the weird stuff that tourist brochures ignore.

A Rambling Reviewer

Here be rambles and reviews.

Drew's Movie Reviews

Movie reviews from your average dude

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Wrangling literary arts for writers: words for people!

The Annual Bloggers Bash

The Official Website for the Best Blogging Event of the Year!

But I Smile Anyway...

Musings and memories, words and wisdom... of a working family woman

Colline's Blog

A potpourri of books and things

Travel with Intent

A photographer's view of the world - words and images to inspire your travels and your dreams

Movie Reviews 101

Daily Movie Reviews & ABC Film Challenge

Cindy Bruchman

Films. Travel. Photography. Books. Let's talk.

From Michigan to Germany

A family from Michigan living abroad in Germany.

JR-Sploitation!

The world's wildest movies from an era of "everything goes!"

Eclectic Alli

A bit of this, a bit of that, the meandering thoughts of a dreamer.

fancypaper

Little Things Make Us Happy

Rust Belt Girl

reading and writing the Rust Belt

Cult Of The Cinema

Exploring Cinematic Diversity

Retired? No one told me!

Tonight I Dream. Tomorrow I Do!

beetleypete

The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

Suzie Speaks

The Adventures Of a Thirty-Something Life

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Musings on cats, travel, gardens and life

The BookWorm Drinketh

Give Tea to the Tillerman, But Booze to the Bookworm!

Tranquil Dreams

Watching, Reading, Cooking & Travelling

An Historian About Town

History in the Making

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

Come for Adventure. Stay for the Ride!

%d bloggers like this: