This is a photo of the replica of Julia Child's kitchen used in the film Julie and Julia.
I have been waiting most of the summer for the movie Julie and Julia to come out and finally saw it today. My husband gets bonus brownie points for going with me and sitting in a theater of mostly women. But even he enjoyed it. And I absolutly loved it. Meryl Streep is amazing and she captured what Julia Child must have really been like. She had such joie de vive and the thing I remember most about her was not how incredibly tall she was but how her voice warbled. When I was a kid I was amazed that an adult really talked like that. I equate her strange voice with the extremeness of the voice of Truman Capote. Either of their voices alone would stop you in your tracks. I do remember Julia Child being on the Public TV station when I was growing up and watching her every now and then.
Last year I was on a kick of reading a lot of biographies and Julia Child's "My Life In France" was one of them. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her love for her husband Paul and the life they shared. (By the way, in the movie her husband Paul is played by Stanley Tucci and he was perfect for the part....you really believed they loved each other dearly.) Earlier this year I picked up Julie Powell's book "Julie & Julia" where she tells about her "project" to make every one of Julia's recipes in the Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook. Lots of duck, liver, beef, aspic, eggs cream and butter. No Thanks! Beef Bourginon...yes please! She blogged as she worked her way through 524 recipes in 365 day and turned it all into a book which is now the movie. Amazing. And, oh, Amy Adam's plays Julie Powell in the film and does a great job. She is really a great actress. (Did any of you see her in "June Bug"?)