, December 25, 2009
I'm part French, took a vacation in France and came away with
the opinion that there is nothing as delicious as French food.
To me everything I tried was exquisite and unforgettable. In
recent years I've tried some of Julia Child's recipes and
adapted her boeuf bourguignon (beef stew) - I use less burgundy.
So when I heard about this movie and decided to wait for it to
come out on DVD I'm glad I did. It was much more cozy to watch
it at home.
My first impression of the movie was that it was brilliant
mostly due to Meryl Streep's mind-blowingly-accurate portrayal
of Julia Child's personality. I've been watching The French Chef
TV shows and have gained a deeper understanding of her cooking
techniques, mannerisms and vocal inflections. Meryl Streep
captures something of Julia Child's soul and allows the viewer
to fall in love with the idea of Julia Child.
Amy Adams is perfect for the role of Julie, she has just enough
obsessiveness to get the job done. Making all the recipes in
Mastering the art of French Cooking is a formidable task and she
has a very small apartment kitchen. Her trials and tribulations,
meltdowns and spectacular successes make the movie feel real and
lets the viewer ride along with emotional upheavals and
disappointments when Judith Jones (a famous editor) doesn't make
it to dinner. The other upsetting part in the movie is
information about Julia Child not liking Julie's Blog. This is
devastating to her and she loves Julia Child and wants to meet
This movie will make you run out to buy: Mastering
the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set) so you can try all
these recipes yourself. It is really a jumping off point for
your own journey of discovery. I felt this
movie made cooking very exciting.
As someone who has received a rejection letter from Judith Jones
(she writes very nice ones) I felt a strange connection to the
story. My cookbook had to be rewritten since she told me my
recipe instructions were too truncated - so I changed the entire
book. I think she would like the new version that I have
I felt very emotional while watching this movie. It had so many
dreams and hopes that eventually become realities. I love very
few movies and this one captured me completely.
~The Rebecca Review
Make a delicious Boeuf
Stew with Burgundy)
recipes from Seasoned with Love