Is it hot enough for you?
Whew! Summer is here in full force with record temps in the 100′s. Time to get out of the kitchen for a bit and relax in my imaginary hammock with a pitcher of ice cold lemonade, a plate of gingersnaps and a few good books.
Alphabet Soup will be on summer hiatus until early August, when we will happily celebrate the blog’s 5th birthday, and also the birthday of our favorite chef, author, foodie, and television personality Julia Child. Many of you probably know that Julia would have turned 100 on August 15th, and her longtime publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, is leading the party with “JC100: A 100-Day Celebration of Julia Child,” which began in May and will run through the 15th. They have compiled a list of Julia’s top 100 recipes like Chocolate Mousse, Vichyssoise, Boeuf Bourguignon, and Roast Chicken, and have been releasing them one per day via social media (follow along via their Facebook Page, Twitter or Pinterest).
Also exciting: 100+ bookstores around the country are featuring her cookbooks and hosting special events, 100 restaurants nationwide are featuring Julia-inspired menus for Julia Child Restaurant Week (August 7-15), 100 designated bloggers are making her recipes and writing about them, and all kinds of articles and tributes are being posted online about the woman who once advised, “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.”
Best of all, two very cool and awesome children’s picture books about Julia were released this year: Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat by Susanna Reich and Amy Bates (Abrams, 2012), and Bon Appétit!: The Delicious Life of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland (Schwartz & Wade, 2012). Both have been garnering well-deserved accolades and are quickly becoming collector’s items for adult fans as well as being embraced by kids who are “meeting” Julia for the first time.
I’m thrilled to report that Susanna, Amy and Jessie will all be dropping by to chat with us about their books and love for Julia, even share a favorite recipe or two! So brush up on your French and get your best bibs ready so we can all pop the celebration cork together! Of course your cats are also welcome to join us. ☺
In the meantime, I wish you a very Happy Independence Day tomorrow and a fun-filled, not-too-scorching July. If you have travel plans, do have a safe journey. For those planning stay-cations, happy reading and noshing and lazing about! That’s what summer is for, isn’t it?
Oh, just wanted to say a big HELLO and WELCOME to our new subscribers! Only too happy to sidle over and make room for you at the table. So happy you’ve decided to join us.
Stay cool, and I’ll see you all in August!
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