Julie & Julia

Image courtesy Sony Picutres USA

Image courtesy Sony Pictures USA

If you love to cook, you must go see Julie & Julia.  The film opened August 7th, and has been causing quite a stir among culinary adventurers. Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Julia Child is charming, witty, and fun. The screen play written and directed by Nora Ephron is a creative adaptation on two best selling books.
Amy Adams is Julie Powell, a cubicle worker from Queens New York that decides to take on Julia Child’s Master of French Cooking in one year while blogging about her experience. The task was to complete 524 recipes in 365 days, while working her full time job for an insurance company.
The story of Julia Child is rich with a passion for life, love, food, and of course butter. I couldn’t help but leave the theater inspired to cook some beef bourguignon, and crack a fresh baguette.

For more Julia, I suggest you visit the kitchen that Paul &  Julia Child designed for their Boston home  at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.  You can see all of her kitchen gadgets, books, videos, and the largest pot collection I have ever seen.  The kitchen is simple and classic, it is really just so Julia.

Bon Appetit!


3 Responses to “Julie & Julia”

  1. Posted on August 10th, 2009

    Thanks for the review Janeen! This looks like a fun film if just to see Meryl Streep have fun doing what she’s best at.

    A food-writer friend in NYC saw it a week ago and highly recommended a fresh flaky buttery croissant to accompany the film. My local recommend hands down is Belgian bakery, Patisserie Lebeau on West 2nd by Barbara Jo’s Books To Cooks:

    Or to be really French about it, La Baguette et l’Echalote on Granville Island:

    But please avoid the fake *molded* croissants from Chinese bakeries like Saint Germain Bakery at Oakridge Mall. That’s just a soft bun.

  2. Posted on August 11th, 2009

    I saw the movie late last week and really enjoyed it. But, and perhaps this is because I’m a foodist or perhaps just my state of mind when I saw it, I found it to be more of a love story than an inspiration. Or, well, multiple love stories. I really enjoyed it.

    If you want to see the original blog the movie was based on it is here –

  3. Posted on September 4th, 2009

    OK, I have to admit I was pretty stoked when i saw the preview for this movie. I haven’t seen it yet though.

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