JULIE & JULIA is based on two true stories. It intertwines the lives of two women who, though separated by time and space, are both at loose ends...until they discovered that with "the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible".
Julia Child single handedly awakened America to the pleasures of good cooking with her cookbooks and her television show The French Chef, but as she reveals in her bestselling memoir, My Life in France, she didn't know the first thing about cooking when she landed in France.
Indeed, when she first arrived in 1948 with her husband, Paul, she spoke no French and knew nothing about the country itself. But as she dove into French culture, buying food at local markets and taking classes at the Cordon Bleu, her life changed forever. Julia's unforgettable story unfolds with the spirit so key to her success as a cook/teacher/writer, brilliantly capturing one of the most endearing American personalities.
Nearly 30 and trapped in a dead-end job, Julie Powell, in her delightul memoir*, resolved to reclaim her life by cooking, in the span of a single year, all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking thus risking her marriage, her job, and her sanity.
In theaters August 7th, Julie & Julia is written and directed by essayist, novelist, screenwriter (and foodie) Nora Ephron. Did you see the NYTimes Magazine article about her famous meatloaf, and the nice write-up in USA Today?
* = Starred review