Have you seen the movie Julie & Julia? I really enjoyed watching it, even though the voice of Meryl Streep got a bit annoying after 20 minutes, well maybe even after 5. For the people who haven't seen it, you should, because it's GOOD.
"A culinary legend provides a frustrated office worker with a new recipe for life in Julie & Julia, the true stories of how Julia Child's (Meryl Streep) life and cookbook inspired fledgling writer Julie Powell (Amy Adams) to whip up 524 recipes in 365 days."
Yeah! It sounds good, right! So I have three weeks of vacation left and I want to do something fun before school starts. And because the weather is not that great to do something active outside, I have decided that I'm going to buy a cookbook. And each week I will follow three recipes. This way I will get better in the kitchen and be able to make some delicious food for friends and family members. Oh, I'm loving this idea already. But now I am troubled. I have no idea which cookbook to buy.
There are so many and I want one with easy recipes. At the moment I'm thinking of these three:
Really any book by Nigella Lawson
Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights by Sophie Dahl
Baking Made Easy by Lorraine Pascale
And then the other thing I’m thinking about doing is reading books that take place in countries/cities that I want to visit one day. Remember last year when I decided to do this too and failed miserably at it. Only two books which where from the same author and same country, so I kind of cheated too. Anyway, I don’t mind reading different genres and I would love a lot of them to be young adult. We’ll see how many I can actually find in the bookstore.
Of these places I want to read books from:
- America. New York city, baby! Gosh, I so want to go and see a musical at Broadway. And of course shop on Fifth Avenue.
I’m thinking about reading: Other Words for Love, Summer and the City.
- Cuba. My dad loves Cuba and maybe someday we can go together to this fabulous country. Since a couple of months I’m reading as much as I can about the Cuban Revolution and Che before school starts and I don’t have any free time anymore. It’s very fascinating.
I’m thinking about reading: The Red Umbrella, Dreaming in Cuban.
- Egypt. I love, love everything that has to do with Egypt. The reason why I’m currently studying History is because of Cleopatra and the pyramids.
I’m thinking about reading: Lily of the Nile, Cleopatra’s Daughter.
- Paris. I live in Europe and I never been there. I can easily take a train and be there in a few hours, so I’m now wondering why I didn’t go there this summer. Maybe when I have long, free weekend.
I’m thinking about reading: Anna and the French Kiss, French Milk, Madame Tussaud.
- Russia. The language is so beautiful. I know a lot of you may disagree and say French is the most beautiful language in the world, but for me it’s Russian. I love, love it. One of my goals in life (I seriously thinking about making a bucket list) is learning Russian.
I’m thinking about reading: Anastasia's Secret, Dreaming Anastasia.
What do you think of these two *challenges*? I really don’t want to call them challenges, because, well that’s another topic I will tell your more about later.
Do you have any suggestions for books? What do you think of these cookbooks?