Julia and Julia-the movie (not the book, because I’m number 164 on the hold list at the library)

Meryl Streep as Julia Child

Meryl Streep as Julia Child

If you are like me and grew up watching such memorable programs as Great Chefs of the West, Yan Can Cook and The French Chef on the weekends,  then you will understand my enthusiasm for the release of Julie and Julia. I LOVE cooking shows. If, perhaps, you’ve been living under a rock and are unaware of the release of the movie Julie and Julia, it is based on the book of the same name in which the main character, Julie Powell, decides to cook all 594 recipes in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in one year and blog about each recipe.
Okay, I admit, Amy Adams does have a terrible haircut, but it’s easily forgotten among the strands of pearls, large amounts of butter consumed, the humor of a modern “servantless American cook” shown alongside the story of Julia Child’s life in Paris, her struggle to even be admitted to cooking school and further trials as she works to have her first cookbook published. The marriages are real in their portrayal of times of happiness and sadness, but steadfast determination to stick by each other no matter what happens.

I’ll admit a large part of me identified with Julie’s job in the movie as it strongly resembled jobs I’ve had myself (handling phone calls from people who mostly wanted to complain), but I think Julie’s desire to do something right at the end of the day: cook a beautiful meal, resonates in many of us. And cook she does. Everything in delicious butter and for the most part, perfectly lovely. Overall, this was a highly entertaining film. It’s a little over two hours long and I worried that I’d get bored, but no, I can watch people cook for ages. If you don’t enjoy watching people cook, this probably won’t be your favorite way to spend an evening. I appreciated that while Julie Powell makes every recipe to the letter but sometimes things just don’t work out. It made me feel a little better about my abilities as a cook. Would I ever try to cook through this entire book? No. I like to have the ability to skip over something that seems gross.

And OH THE COPPER POTS! It made me want to go buy copper pots immediately and have them all over the place. So beautiful and shiny and I’m sure useful. If nothing else, it made me want to go see this.
Bon Appetit!

One Response to Julia and Julia-the movie (not the book, because I’m number 164 on the hold list at the library)

  1. Jessica says:

    My best sister, Kirsten, treated me to this movie and I cried the whole time. My mom put it best though when she said, “I just wanted to it to go on for two more hours!”

    I’m glad you liked it.. and am super stoked that you’ve personally decided to cook through the entirety of EDF’s ‘Quick Food Fast’ in 2010. Haha! :)

    Love you, Kelly!

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