Friday, July 31, 2009

a Julie and Julia giveaway…

“Just speak very loudly and quickly, and state your position with utter conviction, as the French do, and you’ll have a marvelous time!”
~ Julia Child, My Life in France

To celebrate my one-year blog anniversary and the opening of the movie “Julie & Julia” next Friday, August 7th I am offering a feasting on…gluten-free pixels giveaway.

An unknown benefactor sent me a lovely paperback copy of the movie tie-in book, My Life in France by Julia Child. Since I already own a well-worn copy of this book, I wanted to offer a copy to one of my food blog readers.

This is one of the books upon which the movie was based.
When Julia Child first arrived in France 1948 with her husband, Paul, she spoke no French, knew nothing about the country itself and didn't know the first thing about cooking.
But as she dove into French culture, buying food at local markets and taking classes at the Cordon Bleu, her life changed forever. Julia's unforgettable story unfolds with the spirit so key to her success as a cook and teacher and writer, brilliantly capturing one of the most endearing American personalities of the last fifty years.

I loved this book when I first read when it was published in 2006, and loved it even more in my re-reads. It tells in Julia’s own words, the story of her years in France where she fell in love with food and found her true calling. There are many wonderful stories in this book that the movie does not cover and any cook would be inspired by her spirit, determination and sheer love of cooking.

How to enter: Just submit a comment to this post sharing your favorite Julia Child memory or a story about a recipe that you cooked from her any of her books or TV shows.
The winning “memory of Julia and her recipes” will be published on my blog and win a copy of this movie tie-in paperback book, My Life in France.

This contest give-away comments closes on 12:00 am CST Friday, August 7, 2009.
You will be able to continue commenting, but any comments after this time will not be included in the give-away.

Winner: The winner will be chosen, by an impartial chef-writer friend of mine (with no input from me) who also has cooked her way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
The winner will be announced on Saturday, August 8, 2009.

The winner will then need to e-mail me at and supply their pertinent information to I can send their prize to them.
This contest giveaway is open to all no matter your location in the world.

Get writing and post a comment soon, as you just have a week.
and naturellement...

Bon appétit…!


Anonymous said...

Terrie, I've never cooked anything from Julia's book, but you know how I would love to try!
Alas, I have no other memories of Ms. Child than her regular TV appearances when I was a youngster.
Hope you get lots of comments! I can't wait to see the movie.

icedteaforme said...

I loved seeing her tv show as a kid, probably in rerun with my gramma, then as an adult I saw her on the Emeril live show, she was a hoot! I am new to cooking, just in the last 3 years and have made several of her recipes, potage parmentier being the most remarkably easy, luxurious taste from like 3 ingredients seems magic!

I look forward to seeing the movie next week, today we are off to see Food, inc (finally opened in Reno, Nevada)

A Brush with Color said...

Oh, I love her quotation at the top of your post, Terrie! What good advice! LOL And your photo is exquisite, as always. I remember watching her a lot and always with such fascination at how at ease she made everyone feel. And of course, I still howl every time I watch Dan Aykroyd do his Julia impersonation, with the bleeding fingers from the chicken. Classic. She was such a unique woman, and I have phenomenal respect for her--not just as a chef, but as a person. I'm looking forward to the movie--I hope it's good! Something tells me she'd have been touched to have Meryl Streep play her, n'est ce pas??!

VeggieGirl said...

I would LOVE to have the book!! I have always looked to Julia Child for inspiration in the kitchen - her poise and creativity were always apparent on her show.

chez aurora said...

What a great idea! I don’t really have any fantastic stories to share, but I do have some great lasting memories of Julia.

Growing up she was very much a part of my household. She was the best known (if not the only-known!) chef on TV. This was way before Graham Kerr came sloshing onto the screen as the Galloping Gourmet in the 70’s. She was quite simply a phenomenon and in a class of her own. We would watch her not only for her encyclopedic culinary knowledge, but she was truly a natural showman. We were way to young to be following her cooking advice in the kitchen (and Mom was too old-school Italian-American), but my brother was way ahead of SNL in perfecting his imitation of her:

……and NOW.....

Lol…he can still pull it out of a hat to this day when it’s appropriate and required.:)

For myself, when I graduated cooking school, BAKING WITH JULIA became the go-to book for any pastry needs. Little did I realize when I was a child, that watching her would in some way influence my future decision for a career. She was a remarkable woman!

And I must add how much I absolutely adore your photo! LOVE IT!!! And the quote Julia !

xo mon amie

Karen said...

I mostly remember watching her on PBS with my three sons. They loved her and thought she was as entertaining as Sesame Street. They thought it was a hoot when she'd throw a mistake on the floor or just flip it in the air.
The show that sticks with me the most was when she did the suckling pig. She kept patting it and touching it as though it were a baby.
Our PBS just ran some clips from her old shows and brought back some wonderful memories.
I already have her cookbooks and just finished reading My Life in France from the library.
I want to excuse myself from winning since my daughter is mailing me a copy of it along with Julie and Julia.
I adore your blog and your recipes, too.

Culinary Cory said...

What I love most about Julia was her energy and passion for food. She spoke to anyone and everyone she could about flavors and the stories behind them. For me, the conversations and the interaction with others is what keeps the passion going. No matter their backgrounds and perspectives in life, it is the food that brings them together.

Karen said...

I'm back.. Saw the movie today and Meryl Streep is the eight wonder of the world. Amy Adams is adorable and I choked up when Julia and Paul arrive in Paris. I so miss Paris. How can one fall madly in love with a city?
The movie audience was roaring with laughter and tearing up at the same time. Wonderful movie. Not to be missed.

feasting-on-pixels (terrie) said...
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feasting-on-pixels (terrie) said...

Je suis desole...
I am sorry that the comments for Julie and Julia contest are closed

The winner will be announced on later today.
Good luck to all...!

Merci mille fois, many thanks to all of my dear blog readers that participated in this comment, or just left a comment in support of my work.
You all mean a great deal to me...

Bon Appetit...!

P.S. We saw the movie, Julie & Julia in its first showing here Friday early afternoon and it was packed. We were glad we got to the theater early, because no sooner than we were seated, it was announced that the showing was sold out. The movie was much better than I could have imagined.
I hope that you all get a chance to see it.