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I’ve really been wanting to take another class from Tante Marie’s Cooking School. The classes are six weeks long and are $600. Yikes! I know, but it is totally worth it. Since Paul and are trying to be good about money lately, I’ve come up with another less expensive plan. In Martha Stewart’s book I read that she made every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I just ordered the book on Amazon and I’m going to try to cook out of it two or three times a week.

  1. Lindsey

    April 27, 2007

    I’ve been wanting to do that, too. I just made croissants for the first time from the Baking With Julia cookbook that Erin S. recommended. They were okay, but I think I’m going to try again.

    Have you read that book about Julia Child? Doh! I can’t remember what it’s called…

  2. Baby Blog ++

    April 27, 2007

    The book is Julie&Julia by Julie Powell. It is a really funny book about a woman who is feeling a little lost in her life and decides to make EVERY recipe in JC’s book within 1 year. It’s a great read.

    PS. I just found “Oh Happy Day” yesterday. This is a wonderful blog, full of great ideas and beautiful things. Thank you!

  3. lainakay

    April 27, 2007

    Very ambitious. Wish I had that urge. More power to you! I think Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa fame also did that. Good luck!!

  4. Erin

    April 27, 2007

    I love the idea, but I don’t know if I can stomach oxtail and sweet breads, etc . . . I’ve been looking for a more modern version of this same exercise but can’t decide on a suitable book. Any ideas?

  5. michelle

    April 27, 2007

    If you need a taste-tester, I’m your girl.

  6. Erin R.

    April 27, 2007

    Julie & Julia is a great book. In fact, she even has a blog where she tracks her progress…how appropriate!

    p.s. Sorry about the Erin/Erin confusion! I am now referring to myself as Erin R.

  7. Anth

    April 27, 2007

    Let us know how your personal Julia adventure goes!

    (I do suggest skipping the chapter on aspics.)

  8. Kitchen Madonna

    April 29, 2007

    This is a fabulous book. And her more basic cookbook “The Way to Cook” would be a good one too.

  9. nicole hill

    April 30, 2007

    I’m planning on cooking out of that book someday, but i usually ask, why?

    After interning at America’s Test Kitchen (Cook’s Illustrated/Cook’s Country) last year, I realized that NO other cookbook compares. ATK’s recipes are tested for improvement for 6 wks until perfect…. and they are perfect. Also, it will explain the scientific process involved, so you’re not just reading a recipe, but understanding WHY it will or will not work.

    I’d buy (from

    The Best New Recipe
    The Quick Recipe

  10. Ann

    May 1, 2007

    I recently saw a biography of Ina Garten on TV, and she said she did that too (long before she became the barefoot contessa!)

    Love your blog.

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