September 7, 2009
This week’s episode of “At the Table With…” focused on Jacques Pepin. Sara Moulton was shown telling – with awe – how he could debone a duck in 29 seconds. In Julie and Julia, much is made of the daunting task of deboning a duck, and it is certainly something I would never attempt (even if I didn’t have a bird phobia). Having read Julia’s instructions several times in Mastering the Art… , I am still mystified.
[January 7, 2010 I finally found the answer in a PBS video: Jacques Pepin deboning a chicken and turkey]
Tonight I worked on fluted mushrooms again, and I think I’ve got it finally. Like so many other things, it’s not hard once you know how. I’ve come to the conclusion that cooking is a lot like golf – a never-ending attempt to do it better.
A friend wanted to see Julie and Julia, so we took her this evening. Time number four for me, and George’s second time. Nora Ephron really did a wonderful job, as did the whole cast. Friends of ours recently went to the Smithsonian to see Julia’s exhibit, and greatly enjoyed it. I want George to take me after I retire. There is a wonderful fellowship among Julia followers.
I always wanted to write Julia a fan letter, but never got around to it. I hope this is a substitute.