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We're Not Quite As Crazy As Julie Powell

It all started when my foodies book group chose Marcella Hazan's autobiography, Amorcord, as our March selection.


I got the idea to see if Mrs. Hazan would be willing to autograph books for the group if I shipped them to her. So, without telling the others, I sent her a note. To my delighted surprise, she called me after she received my note and graciously agreed.

When I told Michele the good news, she suggested that we should each do a cooking challenge. Cooking our way through Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking -- like Julie Powell did with Julia Child.

Cooler heads prevailed, and we hit upon the idea of sharing the challenge. We will each choose a day of the week. Sunday - Saturday.

Starting with the week after our bookclub meeting, the Sunday cook will prepare the 1st recipe in the book. Then the Monday cook will prepare the 2nd recipe. And so we will continue until we finish.

To chronicle this madness, we are setting up a Facebook identity to serve as sort of joint blog. We're inviting all of our respective facebook friends to friend this new "identity" so they can follow our progress; comment; and hopefully offer us lots of encouragement.

We're looking for three more participants. So if you're interested in adopting one of our free days. Let me know. The beauty of doing this on Facebook is that we can participate from anywhere, as long as we each have a copy of the book.

Comments (8)


The title of this post cracked me up :) I can't even manage the Sunday Slow Suppers (or whatever is on this time) so I'd crash and burn pretty quick on this challenge, I'm afraid! Is fun to read everyone else's stories though.

Wow Deborah! That sounds like a lot of fun. Good luck!


Now that sounds like fun! But I hope there are a fair number of cooks in your book club, to share the workload!

This sounds like a great idea! I hope you will post some of the recipes you make on your blog. Have fun!

I have read her book Amacord and found her to be an amazing personality.
This cooking venture sounds like fun!

I have started my first batch of limoncello. It will help to pass the time while everyone else is in San Diego!


OOOH I think I own that book. Please don't reel me in. Can you see me covering my eyes.

Deborah responds: Awe, comeon, Jan. It's going to be a real challenge.


I really enjoyed Amarcord, and think your book group's challenge is going to be an amazing adventure. This is where I like to live vicariously.

Cool. There are a least two other food blogging out there working through that cookbook. I was wanting to join in but I don't own the cookbook. I guess I'll need to hit a Borders while I am down here.

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