Thursday, January 7, 2010

I Like You. 2010.

Ok, so I don't do New Year's Resolutions ... but this year, I was totally open to doing a New Year's Project. At first I thought I would do some sort of a photography project ... then I realized that that is basically what I do for a living now (see this) ... so I wanted something that stretched my brain a bit more.

One night, I picked up my copy of "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence" by Amy Sedaris ... and a lightbulb went off in my brain. YES! (I said to self..) YES! I WILL COOK, AND ENTERTAIN MY WAY THROUGH THIS ENTIRE BOOK OVER 2010. AND I WILL BLOG ABOUT IT. GENIUS!

So, I made the Chocolate Cake recipe on page 58. Then I called my friend Missy to tell her about it. I was so excited. Her response was that she figured my energy for this idea would last about a month. (Aren't friends great?). And then she told me about Julia & Julia. I was deflated. Apparently my idea has all been done before. Of course I know that there is rarely anything new under the sun ... so I was fine with this all being done before ... however, I was deflated by hearing that a major motion picture had been made about the true story of a woman who blogged her way through a Julia Child cookbook ... and that nearly everyone in America has heard about it. This would mean, that if I went ahead with my idea, I would seem to be riding on the coat tails of someone else's idea ... and not my own. I hate that. I am ORIGINAL, DAMN IT! I can't help it if my genius was stolen even before I got to it! (breathe, Jodi, breathe).

Anywhoo --- To heck with it --- I am doing it anyway. I think Amy Sedaris would approve. In fact, I think she would be proud that someone took on this pop culture "cook & blog" idea with a bit of sass and a bottle of whiskey (she highly recommends drinking while cooking. I agree. Cooking sucks without it).

And if anyone else out there has decided to blog their way through Amy's book --- I SO thought of it first. And my Dad is bigger than your Dad. So there.



gashuttergirl said...

The cake looks yummy, and I think it is a great idea to work your way through the cookbook. I would do it too if I had a cook book I liked and knew how to cook.

Paula said...

Anybody's Dad is bigger than my Dad, pretty much. I already knew that...
I think it's a fabulous idea and you should do it. So what if it's been done. Not by you and not with that book. Ha!
We got a German Cooking cookbook for Christmas from our son and daughter-in-law who live in Germany, and I've had the same thought. The recipe's look so darn good and I love to cook, so it would be perfect

Anonymous said...

THIS IS MY KIND OF BLOG!!! I love your sarcasm and humor, not to mention amy's idea of getting sloshed while I cook. Can't wait to read what comes next.

Beth said...

I cooked my way through a Chinese cookbook about 30 years ago. No blogs then but plenty of people to eat up the results.