Last night I met with DC food bloggers Rose and Quinn, as well as a few readers, to see Julie and Julia. I was a bit nervous since I’d never met these ladies (though I had stalked their blogs prior to the rendez-vous), but nerves were wasted as they were all so friendly and welcoming to the DC food blog scene. The movie was excellent and the company couldn’t have been any better.
Julie and Julia:
The premise: Julie is a young woman who is lost in her life. She has no direction, no real career, no sense of purpose, and is approaching the age of 30. She desperately wants to something in her life that has meaning and decides to create the Julie/Julia Project in which she undertakes to cook her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year’s time and blog about it. Throught the process, she learns about the Julia Child the woman, the author, the revolutionary cook and connects to Julia as a kindred spirit. The film intertwines the lives of Julie and Julia so that the audience learns of Julia’s life story and struggle to publish her culinary masterpiece while seeing the impact it has on Julie. In the end, Julia gets published and Julie’s blog launches into the stratosphere when she is featured in the NY Times. Julie accomplishes her goals of cooking every single recipe in the cookbook, finishing her project on time, and becoming a successful writer.
My opinion: The movie was fantastic. The acting was superb, the story line was a dream, and the audience left feeling better educated about one of the world’s best known culinary wonders-Julia Child. The movie was a perfect homage to Julia Child that gave her the credit she aptly deserves for inspiring chefs (professional and non-professional) everywhere.
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