Back in 2001 Julie Powell started a blog about her attempt to cook every recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Childs in a single year, and her blogging led to the very entertaining book I'm currently reading, Julie and Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen.
Far from being a Martha Stewart clone, Julie was an office worker who fielded calls all day from people with wacko ideas for the new World Trade Center. Then after work, if she didn't have to go butcher to butcher to find a bone for the marrow she needed for that night's recipe, or some other esoteric ingredient, she headed home to cook a very late dinner in her tiny Queens apartment.
If that doesn't sound horrifying enough, wait until you read the part about eating jelly made from boiled calves' feet.
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