I was chatting with my friend Kellie the other day ( OK, we chat every day ) and we both agreed that we sure have gotten duds in the book department lately.
I made is more then halfway through Julie and Julia and every time I picked up the book to read I just had a nasty taste in my mouth like sour milk. I did not like the book. I stopped reading it. I hear that the movie was good. That might be the first time the movie is better then the book. She ( Julie ) was not a person that I can "get" "understand" or "relate" too. I realize that it's her book and she can write about what ever she wants to but I felt that Julia Child had almost no part in the book. Other then the recipes that were being made. Did you read it? Did you like it? How about the movie?
I also read ( and I did finish ) "Ice" by Linda Howard. I normally enjoy Linda Howard. Her last book "Burn" was kind of boring but "Ice" was snooze ville! Maybe being born and raised in AK and now living here in WI I just can't get on board with the bad weather as part of the plot. The story took place over 2 days during a ice storm ( Oh that's so scary! ) I felt that both that good guys and the bad guys had no depth to them. Very flat characters. Like a warm flat soda or pop or soda pop or soft drink.
This is not part of the list of duds.
I got the Pioneer Woman's cook book. I read it the other night.( Yes, you can read a cook book.) It felt very much like her blog. I have seen all the recipe's on her blog. I had heard that she had used readers recipes that had been sent in. I don't think that at all. Sure, maybe the mac and cheese is somebodies somewhere but, we are talking about mac and cheese! Can you own the recipe for that? I think that over all it's a pretty good cook book. I will use it for some of the recipes.
One thing that I did notice was that she did not acknowledge the people that read her blog. Maybe I'm being petty. It's the age old question. What came first? The chicken or the egg? Yes, she blogged and well enough that she got a lot of hits. But, if she didn't have the hits then she would not have gotten noticed and gotten the cook book deal. I just think that it would have been nice if she had said thanks to all of us that have read her blog and gave her words of encouragement. ( OK, not that I did but I saw others that did)
I'm still going to the Twin Cities tomorrow on Saturday to get my book signed and also eat some sushi and sashimi.
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