This is the prime time of the year for at-home creature comforts, and for most people, food tops any list of comforts to help pass away the winter. Whether it's actually cooking or just reading about cooking, there are many delights to be savored.
Under the category of reading about food: Julie & Julia by Julie Powell. This brand-new book details a young woman's decision to spend a year cooking her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her husband was game, her mother dubious, but Ms. Powell plunged into her project all the same. She detailed her Julia Project online, in a blog, and this book is the outgrowth of that blog.
Perhaps a reading adventure like this whets your appetite to know more about the great Julia Child herself. Try Appetite for Life, a biography of Ms. Child by Noel Riley Fitch. Ms. Child was an interesting lady, who could be gracious as well as withering, and she lived an entire lifetime before she ever hoisted a cleaver on her legendary PBS series, The French Chef.
Julia Child wrote and co-wrote many other cookbooks. Check it all out in iBistro. We all have to eat; no reason not to eat well.