About Nancy Brown

I spent a lifetime as a clinical social worker and most of my career as head of a Canadian family service agency outside of Toronto.  During these years, I continued to do direct treatment as well as heading the agency.  Before retirement, I had been looking for what to do with my life when I saw Julie and Julia.  The movie awakened my long-dormant love of cooking, as initially learned from Julia’s shows and books, and nurtured by a variety of chefs and instructors until motherhood became the top priority.

Initially, the blog was not primarily about recipes, but recipes – their delight and sometimes despair – have become the focus (see Cooking with Julia remembered) .  Over the last two years, my grown daughter – a dedicated vegan – has had an increasing impact on my cooking, so vegan recipes are now a part of the blog.  Vegans deserve to have really good things to eat!

The blog is also about my interest in Julia and Paul individually and as an amazing and unique couple.

The blog is made possible by the support and encouragement of my husband of 40 years, George.  George is more gourmand than gourmet and is willing to eat anything I make.  He does the photos, and formats the posts as I am technologically challenged.

It is my pleasure to have the blog be a resource for people around the world who are looking for Julia’s less accessible recipes.

Best wishes and bon appetit!





  1. You find the most absolutely wonderful and delicious recipies to blog and try 🙂 Keep up the good recipie finds

    • Thank you so much Mickayla. I had been wondering if I should continue, and that is a real motivation.

      Best wishes,


  2. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!

    • I hope you do too!

      Best wishes,


  3. A mutual individual you & I both know mentioned your blog when I was asking her about new & exciting recipes to try. I was blown away immediately by the professional presentation of your blog and the wonderful quality of your pictures. Would it be okay with you if I were to try out some of your recipes sometime? Keep up the great work and keep blogging!


    • Now you have me curious about our mutual friend! I’m happy to have anyone use anything from the blog.

      Best wishes,


  4. Thanks for checking out my blog and my recent recipes! I hope you find some of these recipes easy to recreate for yourself as well.


  5. Hi, I would like to nomimate you for the Supersweet Blogging Award. Hope you enjoy participating, find out what it’s all about here: http://lovelybuns.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/super-sweet-blogging-award-twice/

  6. Hi, Nancy! Thanks for liking my post! I love the concept of your blog and of course that you feature so many vegan recipes. I can’t wait to dig in! Julia Child was my first inspiration as well as Graham Kerr and Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet. So many others along the way, but we never forget our first introduction to the culinary arts–that first spark.

    I look forward to following your journey. Many blessings–Melanie

  7. Wonderful intro! I look forward to following your journey as it continues 🙂 The best to you.

    • Thank you so much!

      Best wishes,


  8. Dear Nancy,
    Thank you for stopping by our blog. I know exactly how you felt like watching the film credits: inspired and looking forward to a new chapter of your life 😉

    • Right! We are kindred spirits.

      Best wishes,


  9. Hi Nancy,
    I’m the editor of Food Loves Beer magazine, and I just discovered your blog. I’d love to use your BÛCHE DE NOËL photo (with credit and a link to your recipe, of course) in a feature story in our upcoming holiday issue. Please let me know if that’s okay. Thanks!

    • I’d be honored!

      Thank you so much.


  10. Hi There! I’ve nominated you for The Sunshine Award, if you would like to check it out here is a link: http://littlewifeontheprairie.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/the-sunshine-award/
    I enjoy your blog immensely as I share your love for cooking! 🙂

    • Thank you so much! I am really honored!

      Best wishes,


  11. I have been reading out a few of your posts and it’s pretty clever stuff. I will definitely bookmark your site.

  12. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again very soon!

    • So glad you enjoy it!

      Best wishes,


  13. I haven’t checked in here for some time as I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are great quality so I guess I will add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend

    • So glad you’re back!

      Best wishes,


  14. I hope you would not mind if I posted a part of this site on my univeristy blog?

    • No problem!

      Best wishes,


  15. I love the useful information you present inside your posts.

    • Thank you for your encouragement.

      Best wishes,


  16. Hmm it appears like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any points for novice blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

    • Hi Fay –

      Sorry that your first comment didn’t get to me. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog. I certainly don’t think I have any expertise. I think the main thing is to write about something you really enjoy, and write often. Tags will bring readers to you. There is a Blogging for Dummies, and articles on the Web.

      Best wishes,


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  18. Hi there thanks for the quality post, i had a good read.

  19. Your blog is one of my favorites, and I’ve nominated your for the Kreativ Blogger Award to show my support. Details here: http://becomingmadame.wordpress.com/appreciation/. Take care!

  20. Great to see what you are doing with your ‘food/recipe blog. My 3 duaghters do blogs about life and times along with pics.
    Many blessings to you and your family….gloria

    • Thank you, Gloria. Your daughters have a lot to blog about!



  21. I’m going to try the Parmentier aux champignons tonight, and let you know how my mostly carnivorous family feels about it. I just caught the tail-end of Laura Calder’s vegetarian episode, and happen to have way too many mushrooms in the fridge at the moment…

    • I’ll be interested in your family’s reaction. Changing carnivores is a challenge!

      Best wishes,


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    • I’d be happy to have you use anything in my posts. So nice we’re in the same niche!

      Best wishes,


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  31. I agree with Jane. What an inspiration! I just wish I had someone to cook for. My 13 year old seems to prefer the blander dishes.

  32. WOW!!!!!!

    You’re blog is well written, and elegant. You are the Martha Stewart of Oakville!

    Nance, I will definitely try some of your recipes, the short bread looks DELISH! I would love to see some Raw recipes if possible, as I’m about 90% raw now. AMAZING stuff on here. Thankyou.

    ** just on aside ~ goto pingomatic.com, and submit some of your pages in the text boxes provided on the site. Pingomatic allows search engines to find more relevant websites/blogs when listing their search results to users. From going through your site, there are enough keywords to render some fantastic search placements on all the popular search engines. Once you get ranked higher, we’ll talk about monetizing your blog for you. 🙂 Great Job!!!!


  33. Dear Nancy
    You have inspired me to get back to cooking new and interesting things. I have purchased a new cookbook and am daily trying new recipes! I am cooking still for a very picky daughter so it is limiting. I loved the Reine de Saba and so did my picky daughter!! It is not only nice to follow your blog and learn through you but I get to taste sometimes too. How lucky am I dear friend!!Blessings Jane

    • It will be fun to experiment together, and our picky eaters can motivate us to go beyond our comfort zone. Glad she enjoyed the Reine de Saba. Hopefully, I’ll have a fun cupcake for your to take home to her tomorrow night.



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