Saturday, August 22, 2009

bon appetit!

I thought it would be appropriate to officially start this blog off with a review of the movie, "Julie & Julia." The movie, based on the memoirs of Julia Child's My Life in France and Julie Powell's book, Julie & Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen, follows these two females as they struggle to find their passion in life through their love of food.

Set in Paris during the 1900's and modern day Queens, New York, these two women are separated by time and distance, but their lives run almost parallel to one another: Julia Child enrolls in an all-male cooking class at Le Corden Bleu to learn french cuisine, while Julie Powells pledges to cook all 524 recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 365 days and blogs about her experience on

Loved the movie, although I was more entertained by the Julia Child's portion of the movie than I was by the other Julie. I thought the actors, Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci brought great chemistry to their portrayal of the Child's relationship and their support and love for one another was refreshing and hilarious to watch. Meryl Streep's performance as Julia Child is wonderful, bringing Child's exuberance and sexual humour to life on the screen (case in point: using her hands to take manicotti out of a pot of boiling water, she exclaims "These damn things are hotter than a stiff cock!").

Be warned: don't watch this movie on an empty stomach. The close-up images of food is absolutely drool-worthy.

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