OK-I’m blogging about a movie, which is based on a book which is based on a blog which is based on another book-got it? Anyway, Julie & Julia is a lovely Nora Ephron movie with a great soundtrack. Starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, it’s quite a good movie.
In 1961, after years of studying and teaching cooking, and years of revisions, Julia Child, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle published Mastering the Art of French Cooking. This was a groundbreaking cookbook which introduced Americans to gourmet home cooking. This book led, eventually, to Julia Child’s cooking show for PBS, The French Chef. For those who have never seen the real Julia in action, take a look at her introduction to her roast chicken show.
In 2002, self-described “government drone”, and aspiring writer, Julie Powell decided to tackle all the recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She planned on cooking over 500 recipes in one year, and blogging about her efforts.
Meryl Street gives a stellar performance as Julia Child. We see the pleasure she takes in her cooking, and in sharing her knowledge with others. Amy Adams is not an actress of the same caliber. She gives a competent performance as Julie Powell. She is best showing the frustrations of Julie’s every day working life.
I thoroughly enjoyed Julie & Julia. However, if you don’t get a chance to see it in theaters, it will be just as good on DVD.