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August 07, 2009

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I admire the predictive stance of this sentence; "Need help with the title of your own literary classic?"

Have a memory-making weekend!

Keep creating...afresh,
Mike

In "My Life in France," on which most of the "Julia" parts of the movie are based, there's much discussion about how the title was chosen for "The Book" (as Julia called it). First it was to be "French Home Cooking," then "French Cooking for the American Kitchen," then "French Recipes for American Cooks" (which Julia's editor Judith Jones called "a terrible title ... not nearly provocative nor explicit enough." Julia suggested "La Bonne Cuisine Francaise," which was rejected, as a French title would be "too forbidding" for Americans. You would enjoy the discussion of title brain-storming on pp. 225-226, when Jones finally arrives at "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" - perhaps I'll scan it and email it to you if you don't have the book!

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