I have just finished reading My Life in France, once again. The movie Julie and Julia has everyone talking once again about food. How to cook, how to eat, how to shop, where to shop, what to purchase, the topic is buzzing through the web like a bee heading back to the hive.
One reason I chose to read the book again, was that the movie got me wondering. Was Paul’s tummy really so upset he had to take antacids continually? Was french food really that bad for everyone? I found my answer in the book. It is a definite no. French food is not bad for you. Paul Child suffered from amoebic dysentery he contracted during the war. He did see a doctor in France who diagnosed the problem and he and Julia went on a strict diet to get rid of the germ. After a few months of following a doctors recommendation, he was pronounced well. He and Julia resumed eating all the french food she prepared.
It is curious to me that the movie implies that he was not healthy due to the food. I know they did, because in one scene they also showed Julie’s husband taking antacids also. The inferred reference is maddening. Julia Child stated on more than one occasion that they did watch their diets, avoided carbohydrates and got plenty of exercise.
What she found disconcerting was, upon returning to the states, that we’d become a nation of prepared foods consumers. We no longer cooked. Everything was frozen or boxed and “whipped up in minutes for conveniences’ sake. Ugh. The masses embraced instant meals.
Even now with all the information on how bad prepared foods are, many people still find it too demanding to cook for themselves. The internet has given us numerous portals for recipes and meal planning. Still we ask for someone to do it for us. We don’t want to think, it seems. I came across a blog post today with a mommy blogger asking someone, anyone to write a blog on how to eat. All I can say is it isn’t a blog, but it is worth reading. It’s called Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Julia and company will give you all wish for: flavors, seasonings, meats, poultry, game, eggs, breads, baking, brasising and numerous other techniques that may just help you figure out “how to eat”.