Seeking Guinea Pigs

Today at Costco I picked up a copy of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking – the edition re-released with the movie Julie & Julia.

After I got home, unloaded the car, attended to a litany of mundane tasks, fed O squash puree and put him down for a nap, I cracked open Mastering the Art of French Cooking book and was promptly inspired.

I am not going to undertake anything as insane as Julie Powell (she’s the one who attempted all 524 of Julia Child’s recipes in a year), after all, I have a 7 month old to contend with. Instead, I am going to work my way through my entire cookbook collection – not each one in it’s entirety, but a meal a month, exclusively using recipes from the book.

First up, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, next, The Barefoot Contessa at Home. Followed by, not sure what, I’ll have to check my bookshelf, but I’ve got a lot to choose from.

There’s only one problem with this undertaking, the average recipe in French Cooking (and most of my other cookbooks) serves 6-8, Oliver is not quite advanced enough for such meals, which leaves just Gavin and I, so I’m looking for 2-4 willing volunteers to help eat.

I’m not sure what I’m going to make yet, but I’m planning a Sunday afternoon dinner, tentatively for Oct. 11, 2009. If you’re interested in being a brave volunteer, please let me know no later than Oct. 4!

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