In most cases I go for a the book before anything else as the movie is usually built from that. I’ll admit I saw the movie before reading the book in this case. But I am adamant about not judging a book by its movie so I did get myself a copy of the book to read. I am so glad I did! The book has a much more of a real ‘Bridget Jones’ feel to it. The movie portrays Julie Powell as a sweet version of the real Julie who is more suitable to a romantic comedy.
A quick run down; Julie Powell was nearing thirty and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job when she felt she needed a writing challenge. That challenge became cooking every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking in the span of a single year – blogging her results all the while.
While the book was written by Powell as a memoir of her year spent cooking and blogging, the movie was an adaptation of the book. The movie follows the lives of Julie Powell and Julia Child and is one of my favourite chick flicks (I nearly always end up wanting to cook something after watching it).
I like that its not just about cooking, somewhere along the line she realises she has turned her kitchen into a miracle of creation and cuisine. Powell eclipsed her life’s ordinariness through spectacular humor, hysteria, and perseverance.
Praise for Julie and Julia:
“Hilarious Powell discovers incredible determination and hidden talents in cooking, writing and living. This is a joyful, humorous account of one woman’s efforts to find meaning in her life.”—Vanessa Bush, Booklist
“Lively. . . .laugh-out-loud funny. Julie & Julia glides by on prose that alternates between buttery smooth and exceedingly, but hilariously, salty. Writing about her life, she’s funny as hell, often obscene, with a largely unquotable vocabulary. Writing about food, she is sensual, deliberate, and original.”—Clea Simon, Boston Globe
“Julia Child has provided Julie Powell with something more than a manual to better cooking and eating; she has given her all of us, really the steps to a better life through the sensuous appreciation of the world. And through Julie and Julia, we learn how to take those precious steps forward, tablespoon by tablespoon.”—Chicago Tribune