My Villain Origin Story
As a goal-oriented person, sometimes I can be a little . . . intense. With over 258 items on my bucket list and counting, I’m definitely a person who Does Things for the Sake of Doing Them. Skydiving. Getting a tattoo. Visiting an alpaca farm. It’s all part of adding zest to life.
With that spicy spirit in mind, I made an ambitious New Year’s resolution back in 2019: make every recipe from a single cookbook.
Naturally, I was inspired by the movie Julie & Julia and its real-life source material, wherein food blogger Julie Powell attempts to conquer all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. But I wasn’t feeling quite that ambitious, and the idea of having to cook things like Tuna Niçoise sounded slightly nightmarish to my picky taste buds.
Thus, my parameters for a good cookbook candidate were that it:
- Featured foods I would feasibly try
- Involved around a hundred recipes
- Contained enough of a challenge that I’d actually learn something
I figured I’d be a lot more likely to achieve my goal if it involved carbs and sweets. After all, I grew up baking cinnamon rolls and old-fashioned divinity with my grandmother, so sugar was in my blood.
My first thought was to choose a book centered on bread-making because I find the idea so romantic, and I’d love to be that girl who bakes bread like some villager in a nineteenth-century French provincial town. That idea quickly became too intimidating, especially since I hadn’t been bequeathed a generations-old jar of starter.