Bringing in the mail today was a happy event - tucked in amongst the utility bill and the notice confirming our mortgage payment increase was my copy of Julie & Julia - I was a patient little foodie reader and managed to wait until it was out in trade paperback before buying a copy. I missed the boat on following Julie Powell's blog about her project, but I am still intrigued to read about plowing through an entire Julia Child cookbook in one year. I haven't yet met a cookbook I like enough to do this with. Good thing, too - I don't have that much time to blog about the ordeal :)
The second-to-last book that I bought was also about food - it was Ruth Reichl's Garlic and Sapphires. I haven't read any of her other books, but the one made the cut because I'm intrigued by the idea of being a food critic. I really liked this one - there are easy-sounding recipes spread throughout out, the food sounds wonderful, and Ruth Reichl has a much more engaging writing style that I would have suspected from thumbing through Gourmet.
One of my favourite books in my collection at home is French Lessons, by Peter Mayle. It's a bit older, and I probably haven't read it in three years, but every time Chris and I talk about making another trip to France, I start thinking about frogs legs, escargot, and truffles.