I know it’s unattractive to be jealous. Oohing and ahing over others successes is so inappropriate … it’s down right reprehensible. Twenty-six years ago when my boyfriend gave me my first gift, the double volume set of Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” I only wish I had the same vision 26 years ago to take my passion and make something of it. Of course, personal computers weren’t even invented, nor did they even have a fax machine invented. Blogs… what is a blog?
Why would a 22 year old college boy give a girlfriend Julia’s masterpiece? Years later I discovered why … because he was testing me to make sure that I could learn to cook as good as his mother. Yet, while in college, I read every word of that two volume cookbook as though it was my bible, and I have personally mastered 60% of all recipes (and successfully wooed that “boyfriend” who now is my loving husband of 19 years).
So WHY wasn’t I brilliant enough to due what Julie Powell did? She is the lucky soul who decided to cook her way through Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and blog about it—365 days, 524 recipes. After a year of blogging and cooking, Powell had a following, wrote a book about her culinary adventures and got noticed by filmmaker Nora Ephron. Fame and fortune followed, through the very lucrative “Julie & Julia,” a tour de force written and directed by Ephron. And, to top it off, the most celebrated and brilliant actress Meryl Streep is playing the lead role as Julia.
Almost 48 years after it was first published, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” by Julia Child finally topping the best-seller list, bringing with it all the butter, salt and goose fat that home chefs had largely abandoned in the age of Lipitor. The book, given a huge lift from the recently released movie “Julie & Julia,” sold 22,000 copies in the most recent week tracked, according to Nielsen BookScan, which follows book sales. That is more copies than were sold in any full year since the book's appearance, according to Alfred A. Knopf, which published it.
Lessons to be learned:
1. Follow your passion.
2. Don’t let rejection hinder your efforts.
3. Continue striving and building something that is important to you.
4. Keep ethical and honest.
5. Stay focused.
6. Be relentless.
7. Show tenacity.
Enjoy life … and maybe great fortune and success will come to you in very unexpected ways.
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