I don't remember how I discovered Karen Karbo but it was probably while reading HuffPost. Within 10 minutes I was hooked on her blog and intrigued by her books - about such amazing women as Coco Chanel, Georgia O'Keefe, and now Julia Child.
The very phrase "kick ass women" [what she calls her series] tickles me. The fact that Karen specializes in writing about women like that - well, you had me at hello....Women today need to be inspired. We need role models. We need to know there were other women who faced big challenges and still forged ahead and had amazing lives.
It isn't easy in the 21st century to keep your perspective and stay positive - especially if you are trying to have a career, raise a child, sustain a marriage, keep a few friends, etc.
I just finished cooking like Julia Child every day for a week, trying to "make every meal an occasion." It was a big hit at my house. I lost count of all the eggs we went through, and my whisks were used every day - a new record!
Karen's newest book Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life, will be released tomorrow! You can order it NOW, though. I urge you to do so.
1. What is your full name? Karen Lee Karbo
2. Where would you live, if you could live anywhere in the world? I'd have an apartment in Paris and a house on the beach in Laguna Beach, California, a hundred years ago. (Since it's a fantasy, there's no reason not to include time travel.)
3. What is your favorite movie and why? That's a tough one. I went to film school and have seen a lot of movies! My movie love is mood dependent. One I've seen several times at decade intervals, and I think holds up fairly well, is "Chinatown." (1974, Roman Polanski directed the genius screenplay by Robert Towne.)
4. What was your least-favorite subject in school when you were a kid? Algebra. (Perhaps too obviously)
5. What was your nickname when you were a kid? Karbs.
6. Do you believe in God? Yep.
7. What sound or noise do you love? The sound of my agent's voice on the phone saying "Good news! They're making an offer!"
8. If you could do anything other than what you do, as a profession, what would it be? Exercise rider at Churchill Downs.
9. If heaven exists, what do you think it is like? When I've discovered a fantastic book and I want to be reading it and discovering it, and never want it to end? THAT.
10. Do you have siblings? A step-brother.
11. What is your favorite memory of childhood [something specific]? Any moment during the last two weeks in August between the ages of 8 and 18 -- we spent those days at our house on the beach in Laguna Beach, California. My parents rented out the place the rest of the summer, but kept the last two weeks of August for us. Every day, after watching the 9:00 a.m. rerun of "I Love Lucy" my mom tossed me and whatever friend/boyfriend I'd brought along outside. We swam, surfed and played Frisbee all day long. At night the moon shone over the ocean and into my bedroom. Heaven on earth.
12. If you had to choose between one week traveling around the USA by car, or one week traveling around Europe on a train, which would you choose and why? Around Europe on a train, without question.
13. What inspires you? Stumbling upon two ideas or images that don't appear to have anything to do with each other; the moment I see a connection is a moment of inspiration.
14. Which holiday do you prefer, Christmas or July 4th? Christmas, if I'm forced to choose. Mostly, though, it depends on the year.
15. What project or idea are you most passionate about, right now? I'm working on a novel. Naturally, I can't talk about it.
16. Do you know how to cook? I'm a very good assembler
17. What is your favorite thing to cook/eat? I'm a good pie maker. In the summer I make a marionberry or blackberry pie once a week, and in the fall I switch to Tarte Tatin, using Julia Child's recipe from "The Way to Cook."
18. What is your favorite book? Lolita. I read it about once every five years.
19. Who do you love the most in the world? Daughter, Man, Dogs.
20. What question has nobody ever asked you, but you wanted to answer? Why, if people are allegedly losing their ability to focus for even five minutes at a stretch, is there still a market for those over-written, thousand page fantasy sagas that always wind up on the bestseller list? I have no answer, but I wish someone did.