Julie & Julia is a movie made from a book, from a blog about another book. You follow? There are two stories running simultaneously throughout the movie. Julie Powell (Amy Adams) spends 2002 making every recipe in Julia Child's cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking and writes a blog about it. While back in the 1950s, Julia (Meryl Streep) learns to cook and starts writing with her collaborators what would become the cookbook.
Oh to be Julie Powell! Imagine someone throwing bags of money at you because of your blog. Julie & Julia makes it seem like it's inevitable. Write a blog. They will come. With their bags of money. The reality is no one is giving me a big pile of cash for my blog. A) I'm about 8 years too late and B) reading isn't as sexy as cooking- unless done naked. (Naked cooking is not recommended. Ouch!) But, as a blogger, I could relate to Julie. There were times when the only person reading her blog was her mom and she wasn't very supportive. The blogosphere can be a big lonely place.
As much as I could relate to Julie, Julia Child's story was much more interesting. First of all, it's Meryl Streep- as Julia Child! I didn't know who to be more impressed with: Meryl for her voice and mannerisms or the costume designer who made tiny Meryl into giantess Julia. Holy Whoa! Stanley Tucci was fantastic as Paul, Julia's husband. They were an adorable couple.
Julia's life has me fascinated and now I want to read My Life in France. I might even give French cooking a try (hold my hand). As for Julie and Julia (the book), I do plan on reading that too.