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Is there anyone left who doesn't know the premise behind the book and movie Julie and Julia? I admit that I haven't yet read the book of the same title but we did watch the movie on Christmas Eve, and I read Julia Child's My Life in France in 2006, soon after it came out. That was before I started blogging, but here's what my reading notes say:
Love, love, loved it. Surprised over her relationship with her family. Surprised she got started so late. Wonderfully told. Sorry we didn't get more insider's information on other chefs besides James Beard and Simca, but nicely personal and the descriptions are terrific. Wow . . . that was a couple!I listened to the unabridged audio read by Kimberly Farr. While her French pronunciations were not spot-on, I was not bothered by that because I thought she did a fine job with the rest of the narration. Fluent French speakers or those with a better ear than I have may feel differently.
Meryl Streep was absolutely wonderful and believable as Julia Child. The best parts of the book were not portrayed in the movie, and if you are a foodie or just a Julia fan, be sure to give My Life in France a try.
As for Julie Powell, what blogger couldn't relate to the way that blogging can take over one's life? The constant checking for comments, the worry about letting your readers down, the excitement when you realize someone is reading what you write. My mother raved about the book, and I'm going to try to get to it very, very soon.
All in all, a fun movie that should appeal to all foodies and most bloggers. Here's the trailer, just in case you've missed it. (EDIT: The trailer may not work, they keep allowing and then disallowing embedding permission. Try this You Tube link.)
Source: Borrowed (see review policy)