If you like Julia, the film "Julie&Julia" was pretty funny. I've never seen her show, but her book has been a big inspiration on my dad, sort of a kitchen bible. Loads of good eating in that one.
Al, you should travel to Greve in Chianti, and walk into the salumeria in the town square. That's my idea of heaven. While many German foods and sausages are really good, my tastes are more for the Mediterranean way of cooking.