Channeling Julia

The synergies abound as Julie & Julia grossed $20 million at the box office on its first weekend. I’ve seen the film, loved every minute, and mentioned in my 7/26 post that I’d be back with a few comments on the movie.

You probably know the chain of events:

Julie Powell started a blog in 2002, about cooking her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The blog, spotted by agents and attracting attention of The New York Times, led to a book titled Julie & Julia, which is heaven enough for most writers.

As Julie sat down to learn how to blog her husband Eric opend a blog account for her on Salon! BlogspotSalon had top billing on the movie screen.

This lovely movie, with big names Amy Adams, Nora Ephron, and Meryl Streep as Julia Child, moves gracefully through Julie and Julia’s early married years, supportive spouses, very tiny kitchens, and parallels even in their work. Mostly though as Amy Adams says, they were both “lost and saved by food.”

A fabulous movie with one of those great food orgy scenes we can’t get enough of. The book is based on two true stories, and shows you the power of making the effort to achieve something you really believe in, and the value of a support system that makes it all worthwhile.

See the movie, read the books: both Julie & Julia, and Julia Child’s memoir My Life in France.

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