Julie Powell was stuch at a dead end job, searching for her purpose in life, when she discovered Julia Child. After a year long challenge to cook every recipe in Child's 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking', her journey is now on the big screen, in 'Julie and Julia'. I asked Powell, "This was a little bit of a bridge between the book and what Julia Child was going through." And she says, "It's setting the story of my year in Julie and Julia beside Julia Child's my life in France."
The movie splits Powell's life in New York, struggling to cook intricate recipes, and Child's early life before she became the famous household Chef. Powell says, "It was a great inspiration to me when I was starting the blog, that Julia Child didn't take her first cooking class until she was 37."
Amy Adams and Child played by Meryl Streep, find comfort in delectible, mouth watering French delicacies. I asked Powell, "On to the food, what was your favorite thing to cook?" And she says, "I will say that my biggest accomplishment that year and it is depicted in the movie pretty accurately was boning the duck and stuffing it with pate and sweing it back up and putting it in the pastry crust, when I accomplished that I felt wow."
Streep whips up hollandaise just as Child would have, and Adams performance is spot on, both character taking us into the homes and hearts of two American women with the same dream. I asked Powell, "And your aspect of the story, what do you want people to take away from it?" And she says, "The food is great and it's going to make you hungry, but I do think this is a movie about ordinary people transforming their lives and it takes work."
Julie and Julia opens nationwide tonight
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