Passion. Ambition. Butter. Do You Have What It Takes?
Julie and Julia
First of all, I just want to tell you that I’m not a movie fan and definitely not a movie reviewer. I just had to say yes when I got invited by Columbia Pictures for Julie & Julia special screening coz this movie is all about three things that i I love doing… Cooking, Blogging and Eating.
Upon arrival in the Columbia Pictures office, the screening room is already full of movie critics and newspaper columnists which made me feel that there was a huge disconnection between me and the crowd but when the movie started, I just felt that I’m with my own chopping board while cooking with Julie Powell and Julia Child:)
One of the main characters in the movie is Julie, her ever supportive husband and their super lovely cat. In the movie Meryl Streep is Julia Child and Amy Adams is a self-absorbed blogger Julie Powell in Nora Ephron’s comedy Julie & Julia.
“It’s about love, it’s about marriage, it’s about changing your life,” says Ephron of the themes that motivated her to make Julie & Julia. “I’m obsessed with food, but there were at least eight other reasons why I had to do it, like doing things you care about and finding happiness through that.”
“What unites these two stories is passion,” says producer Laurence Mark. “Julie Powell and Julia Child both discovered a passion – in each case, a passion for food – that got them through tough or uncertain times. The movie is also about marriage – how it’s a delicate balancing act. Julie and Julia have both somehow figured this out, and no matter the ups and downs, they’re crazy about their spouses and their spouses are crazy about them.”
It was almost a half-century later, in 2002, when the manually operated typewriters became a collectors item, New Yorker Julie Powell was nearing 30, dissatisfied as a writer, and facing an emotionally depleting day job working for an organization devoted to rebuilding the World Trade Center site after 9/11 and helping displaced residents resettle.
The Food Blogger
What will you do if you have a stressful job and an asshole boss? Spurred to change her life, she decided to cook her way through Child’s masterpiece – 524 recipes in 365 days – and chronicle her efforts in a blog.
With the encouragement of her husband Eric—who was happy to devour the fruits of her labors—Julie began detailing the ups and downs of her time-consuming food blogging project.
Using Blogspot, she blogged about her cooking tips and personal experiences while cooking Julia Child’s famous recipes which eventually got the attention of fellow foodies.
Today, blogging is part of the fabric of our lives, but in 2002, Powell was a blogging pioneer. Mark says, “I think at the outset of this endeavor, Julie may not have realized just how ambitious it actually was. But since she was clearly getting a kick out of it, and the results were so delicious, it all became somewhat more manageable.”
The movie also described how Julia Child learned how to master French Cuisine while in Paris during the 1940’s. Just like Julia, Julie also has a loving husband who supported her all the way till she finish her quest.
Though separated by time, they seem to have the same passion for cooking and eventually they both realized that with “butter”, anything is possible.
I like the plot, the movie completely made me realized that cooking complicated recipes and food blogging itself is well worth the effort.
Will head to the grocery later…. More Butter!! Soon my favorite Adobo will have a butter hmmm interesting isn’t it?
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