48 Years Later, Julia Child Tops Bestseller List

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2009 6:37 AM CDT
Meryl Streep portrays Julia Child in a scene from, "Julie & Julia."    (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures/Sony, Jonathan Wenk)
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(Newser) – Nearly half a century after it was published, Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking is entering the New York Times bestseller list—at No. 1. The film Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep as the famous chef, has electrified sales of the cookbook despite its antiquated recipes calling for artery-clogging amounts of butter. The book sold 22,000 copies last week, more than any full year since its publication.

"I found the recipes, actually, much easier than I thought they were going to be, but the amount of butter was a bit overwhelming," one Oregon woman told the Times after making Child's recipe for herbed chicken. "My husband loved it and asked if we could have it again the next day. I actually said we probably shouldn’t have this in the same month."