Julie and Julia, the movie

Julie and Julia script

The Julie/Julia Project was a blog about one woman’s – Julie’s – adventure of cooking her way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking, by Julia Child. The blog was eventually turned into a book, Julie and Julia, and that book has now been turned into a major motion picture of the same name. It stars Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Amy Adams as Julie Powell. Luckily for me, I was recently invited to a screening for bloggers, along with Matt Bites, Cooking With Amy, Food Blogga, Daily Dish, Squid Ink, Eater LA, Steamy Kitchen and Food GPS, where we got to see the movie a few weeks before its official release on August 7. I can’t give a full review right now, but I will say that I enjoyed the film a lot. It definitely made me want to do some French cooking – almost as much as my recent Paris trip did. Doesn’t Meryl (below) make a great stand-in for Julia ?

Meryl Streep as Julia Child

┬áThe screening included a cooking demo of some of the dishes from the movie at Le Cordon Bleu, prepared by Top Chef contestant Brian Marlarky (also known as the chef who wore the fedora in season 3, for fans of the Bravo TV program) and Julie Powell herself. Brian was charasmatic and, if it was his recipe we were eating, an excellent cook. The beef bourginion was outstanding. We also saw a food styling demo by Susan Spungen, who did all the styling of all the food in the movie – which was all real, by the way – and were able to chat with Julie Powell and actor Chris Messina, who was cast as Amy Adam’s husband in the film.

A full review will be up soon, and I think that I’ll have some movie passes to give away in the near future. Stay turned for more details on that, too!

Julie and Julia, the demo

15 comments

  1. Wow, I’m so jealous. I can’t wait for this movie to come out!

  2. I just read Julie and Julia last week after having it on my must read list for 3 years. I’m glad you liked the film! Can’t wait to see it.

  3. Oh my goodness I love this. I knew of the blog but not the book or the movie. So glad and now I’ll definitely have to watch.

  4. WOW – what a treat. Glad you were able to be there.

  5. That was such a great book and I can’t wait to see the movie. How lucky you got that opportunity!

  6. Wow lucky you! I can’t wait to see the movie. It’s one of the few I’m dying to watch!

  7. I’m soo jealous!! You must give us a few more details atleast!! I cant wait for the release!

  8. Just two days ago I mentioned this movie to a friend of mine! I’m anxious to see it!

  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE that book!

  10. I would LOVE to see the movie.

  11. Very cool, I just bought the book a few days ago after seeing the movie advertised. I have read some of Julia’s memoirs/biographies too….It will be interesting to see how true to the book/facts it is.

  12. dying to see the movie!! another great thing about your blog…a friend told me about it a while back and i can’t enough…thanks for all the great recipes and tips and potentially screening tickets!!

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