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Monday, May 18, 2009

Book Deals, Movie Glamour, and Gimlets: We Add Our Favorite to Entertainment Weekly's Best Food Blogs

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2009 at 10:54 AM

click to enlarge Julie & Julia: From blog to book to major flick
  • Julie & Julia: From blog to book to major flick
In case you have a little extra time for reading after your daily scanning of SFoodie, we're happy to hook you up with the best food sites, per Entertainment Weekly's new Online section. Some of them were new even to us.

You've heard of Jamie Oliver (the cute Brit who initially marketed himself as the Naked Chef). But howsabout 93-year-old Clara Canucciari, who posts '30s-era recipes on greatdepressioncooking.com? Or the illustration-heavy thisiswhyyourefat.com , which just got a book deal.

Another blog that leapt from Web to bookshelf is orangette,blogspot.com, whose sweet author, Molly Wizenberg, not only found a husband online, but a publisher for A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table.  If such news makes you want to reach for a drink, try liqurious.com, one of a number of retro cocktailian sites.

New Yorkers and outlanders alike devour Mark "How to Cook Everything" Bittman in the New York Times, and also on bitten.blogs.nytimes.com, its expanded Web version of all things Bittman. New Yorkers are also smitten with East Villager Deb Perelman, authoress of smittenkitchen.com., who cooks elaborate concoctions in a 42-square-foot kitchen. Can a book deal be far behind?

There are thousands more out there, in addition to the seven above that EW mentions. A little history is in order. The mother of such blogs (and our own all-time favorite) is the unassuming Julie/Julia Project, which for more than a year enthralled readers in the saga of a "government drone by day, renegade foodie by night". Julie Powell, a secretary, decided to spend a year cooking her way through every recipe in Julia Child's (and Louisette Bertholle and Simca Beck's) Mastering the Art of French Cooking, knocking back gimlets as she did, and blogged about it in a charming, infectious style. (When Powell passed through San Francisco on her book tour, it was our pleasure to take her out for a gimlet or three to Marketbar.) Four years after the book version of Powell's blog came out, the movie's almost out (it's due August 7). It stars Meryl Streep as Julia and Amy Adams as Julie, and was directed by well-known foodie Nora Ephron.

It's an object lesson for food bloggers everywhere: One year of slogging could translate into fame, fortune, and a movie deal.

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