Monday, August 10, 2009

A couple of things

Hi, guys - thanks for all the love! (And to those delivering something other than love, sorry 'bout that....)

I'm currently a little overwhelmed trying to plow through all these comments, but I wanted to address two things.

1. A lot of people have been asking whether it's true that Julia Child wasn't a big fan of Julie Powell, and whether she and I really didn't meet. Both of those things are true - Julia, I think, from what I gather, was less irritated than simply uninterested. Which, when I first found out, was of course devastating. But the thing about Julia, to me, was that she was a real person - a great 6-foot-2 force of nature, with tremendous gifts, nearly limitless energy and generosity, firm opinions, and even a few flaws. That's what I love about her - she inspired because she was a woman, not a saint. Not to say that her not loving my blog was a flaw. I just mean that the fact that she might not for whatever reason adore me as much as I adore her has absolutely no bearing on what is wonderful about her. Throughout her life, Julia nurtured and encouraged and gave great help to chefs and writers both. And she changed my life. No matter what she - or anyone else, for that matter - thought of the project. I know why I did what I did, and I am proud that I spent a year writing and cooking in tribute to one the most wonderful women I've ever not met.

2. Er, I probably should have mentioned this for, but for those of you who've not bought the book yet and are meaning to: I really ought to warn you about the language. I happen to believe that curse words are vital parts of the language, and I write accordingly. If you are not one of those people, you're probably not going to be thrilled with J&J: The Book! Also, yeah, I bash on Republicans a lot. It's nothing personal - some of my dearest friends... well, no, but dearest relatives - are Republican. I just am terrified of everything you stand for, is all. There I go, being glib. It's something I do a lot. Which you'll also find in the book.

Okay, that's all for now. Thanks again, everyone, for all the well wishes!

UPDATE: Just to clarify: I don't bash all Republicans - though I am, truly, frightened by the Republican Party Platform itself, and therefore reserve the right to disagree violently with the opinions of those who vote for it. Who I bash, in the book, specifically, are those Republicans holding elected office and doing what they do there. One particular Republican, if I remember correctly, comes under considerable fire.

I have friends who are Republicans, I have them to dinner, I drink with them, I curse with (rather than at) them. I think everyone should get to vote for who they want. I just don't particularly want the ones currently available for the job running my country.

That is all on the subject. More to come, when I feel like it.


Blogger Adventures in Newlywed said...

Just saw the movie Saturday - and can't wait to read your book! Thanks for the inspiration :)

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the film about 2 weeks ago at a pre-screening. Your story is inspiring and your are going to drive me to become a better me.

12:01 PM  
Blogger roxanne said...



12:09 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Went to the Movie on Sunday, my wife had read your book and loved it. We both loved the Movie so now I need to read your book. We had a grat dinner afterwards. It sured made us hungry. good luck !!

12:09 PM  
Blogger Heather Hunt said...

Thanks for the update. One of my best friends and I went to see the film over the weekend. We both left feeling very fulfulled, but HUNGRY. And of course, we also wanted to know if you ever met her. It sure sounds like you have a great head on your shoulders and I am glad you had the wonderful opportunity to live your year.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Ivonne said...

Hi Julie,

Now that you're back from the Red Carpet festivities,just sit back and relax so you can whip up more goodies for ALL of us in the days ahead.

I wouldn't doubt it that Julia is FINALLY smiling at you from above.

Bon appetit,


12:12 PM  
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12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julie! Loved, loved, loved the book (I haven't seen the movie yet, but will this weekend!) As a Republican, it's ok that you don't like us (or at least me!), Democrats scare the jeebies out of us (me) too! LOL!

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw the movie last Friday, and am reading your book. What a wonderful trip you have been on. Congratulations for a great idea and the strength to do it all.

I have the 1979 and 81 hardbacks of Vol I and II. You have inspired me to dust them off and start cooking from them. She changed American cooking, no doubt about it.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Jdiddy said...

Hi Julie,
You will get a kick out of this:
My aunt was a huge fan of Julia and she went to a lecture of her's right before Julia passed. She told Julia "You changed my life" and Julia said, "Oh, wasn't it fun?" :-)

12:16 PM  
Blogger pat said...

Julia touched us in such a variety of ways. My mother and I spent many winter Saturdays watching the old PBS cooking shows. Mom didn't have much interest in the "fancy" recipes, but she loved to learn technique.Mom died in April in her early 90s, interested in food and cooking until nearly the end.

My daughter and I wept at the end of the movie, both because of the sweet love stories of Julia/Paul and Julie/Eric, but also because the movie brought back memories of another formidable woman from the greatest generation.

Thanks Julie!

12:17 PM  
Blogger GrittyPretty said...

I've read the book (excellent!) and can't wait to see the movie.

I'm really offended that Julia didn't applaud your ambition! I can't help but wonder if Julia thought everyone should be cooking her recipes-maybe not at the speedy pace you did- but the fact that your efforts are so notable and intimidating to the rest of us might have been an affront to Julia. I know many cooks who own her recipe books but don't know anyone who uses them.

Trying to let go of being miffed

12:22 PM  
Blogger BarbF said...

LOVED the blog, the book & the movie. All the "really cool critics" (gawd save us) are proclaiming that the Julia part is the interesting/relevant/important part of the film. Julie is either (at best) just less so, or (at worst) is some opportunistic, web-savvy, x-gen'er trying to ride Julia's coattails. What the hell??? Did they not read the blog and/or book? What a bunch of hooey! A), if it hadn't been for the Julie blog & book, this movie would never have been made; and B), I think the editors did a terrific job splicing it up btw the two stories and the whole thing flowed beautifully. I laughed, I cried. In closing, let me just say F**K the critics -- see the movie & make up your own mind! CONGRATS, JULIE!!

(BTW, I also believe curse words to be an integral part of the English language -- keep 'em coming!)

12:28 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

Saw it last night and loved it. Although now I see what you mean about the sanitized version -- I laughed aloud when Amy Adams said "the F word." I get that they were going for a PG rating, but it was nice to know about the saltier Julie. I am so happy for you.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

I've seen the movie/read the book. Loved both. Thanks for today's update. You are probably right that Julia was just "uninterested", and I love the book's salty language and Democratness.

12:36 PM  
Blogger altar ego said...

Loved the movie and have been encouraged to read the book, which I've added to my list of must reads! Just want to say that I like your gumption, your determination, your "pick myself up and give it another whirl"ness. All the best to you for whatever lies ahead.

12:38 PM  
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12:39 PM  
Blogger Christine Olson said...

Thanks for a great story. I really enjoyed the movie, and am looking forward to making time to read your book.

Life is hard to describe at times without the f-word, s-word and a-word... damn it. ;-) Do not apologize.

Warm Regards,

12:41 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

There was swearing in there?

12:42 PM  
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12:43 PM  
Blogger pacegirlno3 said...

LOVED the book, love your blog(past and present), on the fence about the movie. The Julia story line was fantastic (especially the choice of actors for the roles), but the Julie story line was...meh. I was so disappointed in the portrayal of you and your life! Your life, in your own writing, is so much more interesting than the adapted version.

I have to give the film two thumbs up because of the overall quality of it, but I'd recommend your book to anyone who wants the real story.

Kudos to the Atlantic for publishing "Being Julie, not 'Julie.'"

12:44 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

I bought the book first, and fell in love with it so of course I had to go see the movie. Both were wonderful, but I have to admit I liked the book better -- more attention on you and the actual food preparation. :-D

As for cursing, I agree that it's a vital part of language, so the F-bombs don't bother me. Then again, I was raised by an ex-Marine who played Obscenity Scrabble with us when we were kids, so I may be a bit desensitized.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Faltarego said...

Julie, as a relatively new blogger, I just wanted to say how inspiring your story is for me. I've written a review of the film (loved it) and put it up on my blog (, and I'm planning on reading your book next. I imagine I'll put a review of that up, too. And yay for the curse words. They can be most effective. Thanks for sharing your story. --Eric

12:47 PM  
Blogger Edie49 said...

Saw the movie on Saturday night, first time to your blog. You are as funny as the movie made you out to be. I unfortunately swear like a sailor and hate Republican's as well, they scare me "shit less" , not sure you should say this on a blog, but oh well, the truth hurts.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...


I know how much it must have hurt to hear that Julia did not like your blog. Of course, you heard that second hand anyway, right? A point to remember, and I know you do, is that Julia was a 90+ year old woman whose idea of writing when she was in her 50's was using carbon paper and a typewriter. Blogs were so new and I'm sure she didn't even know much about them, if anything. You brought Julia Child to the world again and for that above all else you are to be thanked.

12:55 PM  
Blogger lpm said...

Hi, my hubby, myself and my cousin from L.A. just came back from seeing the movie. It was a good story but I did find it a bit long near the end. Hubby came out wanting to eat some bruschetta but I am not ready or willing to make Beef Bourgignon! I'm not a meat eater. But anyway, congratulations on your movie.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Heather Plett said...

Just wanted to say I saw J&J on opening night with my three daughters (one of whom is named Julie, incidentally) and we all LOVED it! I loved it so much I went and bought the book today and will probably finish it by tomorrow.

I just started a new site called about what gifts people are embracing and sharing in order to make the world a more beautiful and just place and this movie was the PERFECT thing to see the day after my launch.

1:06 PM  
Blogger bldsblack said...

Je suis une admiratrice de votre talent et aussi de votre courage.
je me suis régalée en lisant votre livre. J'attends avec une grande impatience votre film ici en france.
Surtout ne changez pas et rester vous même.
Bien des choses a vous et a votre mari.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Feisty Crone said...

I can't wait to see the movie. I just loved your book, Julie--what a hoot (and I liked the curse words the best).

Julia Child was in her nineties when she died, I think. Maybe the concept of blogs was too much for her :)

1:10 PM  
Blogger bldsblack said...


Je suis une admiratrice de votre talent et aussi de votre courage.
je me suis régalée en lisant votre livre. J'attends avec une grande impatience votre film ici en france.
Surtout ne changez pas et rester vous même.
Bien des choses a vous et a votre mari.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Made by Joanne said...

I love you that much more. Being liberal can be a lonely place. But it makes my husband, friends and alike just that much more beautiful to me. And we (my fellow libbies) cuss like truckers when we start talking politics. Cussing has been proven to be anatural painkiller. Go figure.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Loved your book, love your blog, love Julia Child, and loved the movie! Thanks Julie.

1:16 PM  
Blogger amurcek said...

To Melanie,

Obscenity Scrabble? That's fucking awesome! All my dad ever did was rent Striptease for family movie night.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Elle said...

I just finished your book.It was self indulgent and whiny.This inspired idea was wasted on you.You are a self absorbed brat.I grew up watching Julia Child she navigated me through many meals when I married (35yrs)ago.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Julie Powell said...

I find it fascinating about the internet that people who dislike you feel free to, in no uncertain terms, attack you personally in a way they no doubt would never in a million years find acceptable and civil in face-to-face conversation. Though I suppose there have always been poison pen letters, so I guess there's nothing new under the sun....

1:23 PM  
Blogger Kip said...

Hi Julie,
I just got home from seeing the movie this afternoon and really enjoyed it and thought it stayed pretty true to your book which I loved. My GF and I are amazed that you actually cooked all those recipes!! As for your language, sounds right at home to me and I feel the same way about Republicans, lol!

1:31 PM  
Blogger Giulia said...

Whoa, Elle. Please.

Everyone pls go to the Civility Project at the Johns Hopkins U. site if you can't get a grip. OK, that's uncivil....

Anyway, Julie. Saw the film yesterday here in WDC-area at AFI in big old Deco theatre. I like to think of Julia & Paul going to the movies there (they did).

We loved the was a mixed crowd of men & women, young & old, mixed race. I was delighted to see it.

About the ad hominem attacks by some reviewers, including the Washington Post...I don't understand it except to say 'jealousy.' Very weird for a 'professional.'

I get vicarious relief, btw, from your salty language. *&*()& 'em.



1:34 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Tweedie said...

I am wondering what it says about me that I was disappointed by the lack of cursing in the movie. I was a bit saddened by the "sanitizing" of you, I felt they toned you down a bit too much. I mean, YOU were the appeal of the whole blog and book thing, so why lessen YOU? Ah, but I don't make movies. So I guess I'll never really get it.

Just know, you are FUCKING awesome!

1:36 PM  
Blogger LMM said...

Great Movie. Saw it last night with my girlfriend/neighbor. Looking forward to reading your second book.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Robert Crane said...

julie i've been thinking about the julia rejection and frankly i think she rejected something unrelated to your project. it was a classic game of phone message or whatever that dumb thing is, you know, when you whisper a message to person A who then whispers same/altered message to person B. and blah, blah, blah.

god knows what she was told, god knows what she heard, god knows what she spoke as a result, and god knows what that idiot reporter was up to anyway. come to think of it, that's even a lot for god to know.

it's a bob theory anyway.

regardless you seem not to be the worse for wear. besides i have a feeling this will pale to the esplainin come the holiday season and the release of the much awaited.

hang in there!

1:47 PM  
Blogger Carey Anthony said...

Thanks for posting this. It's something my friends and I wondered about after the movie. I wanted more closure with the whole "Julia not liking what you do" subject and I got it. I even blogged a bit about it, and dare I say, Sarah Palin:


1:49 PM  
Blogger Angela A. said...

I was so excited to finally go see the movie on Friday night. It was my belated 42nd birthday present I was giving to myself. I needed something to remind me that life is not ending just because my children are beginning to leave home but that more awaits me. Let me say - I left the movie inspired. I can't say that I will cook for a year - but I do want to take a year to change, to reflect, to even blog a little. I am ready to do something different and shake things up a little. Thanks for the memories!

1:50 PM  
Blogger Food, she thought. said...


Two thoughts. Sometimes people who don't love our work do us a great service in helping us to be more staunchly ourselves despite their dislike. I applaud you for what seems like this approach.

Second, I love your cursing. I think of you when my mom disses me for swearing in my own blog. To an even more dramatic extent, this is how I speak. Fuck 'em if they don't like it.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Chef Steven Jacobson said...


As a chef I admit I was somewhat concerned when I went to go see Julia & Julia for no other reason than I cannot help but notice the cooking and how things are prepared ect. I enjoyed every second of the film! You also inspired me to start a blog of my own on the opening of my restaurant. If you and you're husband make it out to Las Vegas let me know & dinner is on me.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Rae Botsford said...

Just saw the film, and the bit about Julia's disinterest in you caught my ear. Glad to hear a bit more on that, instead of wondering if she simply hated you.

I am thinking I may go back to your blog and read it. I have to learn cooking so I can eat like a person when I head back to college, and I need a bit of a kick to get started.

Anyway, I must say, I am a Republican and I quite liked the film. haha

1:51 PM  
Blogger txjlh said...

I love love loved the movie! Congrats. Happy to know -Texas girl did Good!

2:00 PM  
Blogger C.C. Starbourne said...

Honestly, I haven't read all your comments, but how did you feel when Amy Adams got to play you? HA!

But seriously, thank you for writing. You've given this almost 30 year old broken down secretary (who too wants to be a writer and has BIG dreams) inspiration to actually try to comeplete something in my life and do it with dedication and honesty.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

When does your new book come out?

2:09 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

WOW!!! All I can say is WOW!! I just came home from the movie. I went by myself. I laughed, I cried and I came home to cook!

I blogged about it on my cooking blog as well

One of my new goals in life is to meet you!

2:13 PM  
Blogger SueAnn Jackson Land said...


I live in a mining town in Northern Ontario. Fuck is a noun, a verb, an adverb, an adjective... a reacreational activity better than ice skating or snowboarding... a reason to drink, a reason not to drink... in short, perfectly acceptable.


2:35 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I´m finishing the book now, and loving it. I had the need to see the blog. You are honest and funny!!

Can´t wait to see the movie

2:36 PM  
Blogger Marilyn Lauterbach said...

Hey. So my mom and I saw your movie and we have been wanting to make that chocolate mousse pie but then realized that it was YOU recipe and not Julias so could you PLEASE post it! it looked amazing!
p.s. good job on the success!

2:39 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Loved the movie-Meryl Streep's transformation should not be missed- but I honestly loved your book more! Your voice ( which includes some swearing) takes us all on that culinary journey with you..and it is a wonderful book. Thanks for sharing with us all.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Darren said...

What surprised me about Julia Child was her confession that she sometimes liked to eat at fast food restaurants!

2:52 PM  
Blogger J said...

I was disappointed that your love of Buffy did not come through in the film. ;)

Loved the book, loved the movie. Glad this has all worked out so well for you.

My husband got the idea from the movie that your birthday is December 31st. Is that true? If so, we share a name (Julie) and a birthday. :)

And after the movie, my daughter REALLY wants me to make that Boef Bourginon (sp). OK, but I'm waiting until it's not 100 degrees outside.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Juli said...

I just finished your I can't wait to see the movie. Oh, and I googled you - after all the reading and seeing Amy Adams on TV I wanted to see what you actually looked like. They did a good job casting! How cool is is that Meryl Streep is playing "your" Julia? Thanks for the good read, you have a fan in me now!

2:59 PM  
Blogger Ohsewmeo said...

Saw the movie Sunday w/ICE classmates. Loved the movie, sad that you are a misinformed dem, but forgive you, as you are a good soul. I had the good fortune to have taken classes with Julia many years ago in Stamford, CT and have two of her books signed to me by both Julia and Paul. If you are willing to become a loyal Repub., maybe we can make our own book deal? :)

3:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Julia on Julie
from an article in the San Diego Union August 5, 2009

"Another longtime culinary friend of Child's was Del Mar resident Lois Stanton. She has seen trailers of the movie and is raring to see the full-length feature, especially since she remembers talking with Julia about Julie Powell's blog when it first began.

“I was privileged to talk with Julia when she was aware Julie was doing these recipes,” Stanton recalled. “My first reaction was 'How dare this young snippet try to invade on Julia's celebrity,' but Julia, being much more gracious than I, viewed it as 'How wonderful it is, her being so academic about her pursuit.' ”

Stanton said it pleased Child to know someone was cooking from her original two-volume set, recipe by recipe, so many years after its first publication. It proved her work could stand the test of time and that she had written her recipes in such a detailed way that anyone could understand them."


3:17 PM  
Blogger Tags said...

Julia was 90 years old when you first started the Julie/Julia Project, so I wouldn't feel too bad about a lack of interest on her part. If she were just a little younger and/or healthier, I'm confident she would have embraced you like a daughter.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Mollee Ost Dag said...

Ok, I've seen the movie twice and read the books and frankly I think it was more that she didn't understand. She was a very bright and intelligent woman; my mother was too (she was 6 yr younger than Julia), but she had a great deal of trouble grasping anything internet related and didn't view any of it as serious or technologically revolutionary. To my mother it was all beyond her and what she could grasp, other than the concept of email, was not anything that should be taken seriously. Julia, may have been of the same mind set or lack of understanding. Also, if it is fairly accurate in her working with Judith and developing a title for the book, that her first reactions where that she didn't know then acquiessed to thinking the newer title great.. then that too, I think gives credo to her simply not knowing too much about the whole essense of it blogging and what you were accomplishing.

But that's just me...

You did very well, have inspired many yourself (myself included), and have made a difference. And trust me, if food network thought in anyway that you were disrespectful to Julia Child or didn't see the whole project as serious; they'd have wanted nothing further to do with you and they just used your experiences and the film on their show, "Next Food Network Star."

3:32 PM  
Blogger MariaG.3kids said...

Hello Julie!
I saw the movie and I am telling everyone and their mother about it. I am very excited for you. Can you tell? In life you will meet people that speak from their hearts and then from very jealous, nasty, negative and critical women that can't do anything except bitch. By the way, have you heard from Mother-in-law?..LOL I'm in a good mood today. Getting back to the movie..the theater looked as if I took all the seniors from the nursing home on a field trip.
I spent half the day creating my own blog and reading your comments from readers. I am currently in the month of September 2002 of the project and can't help but to laugh at your requests. I think you were All I know is that I laughed with the onions and the rum!
Wishing you all the best! Continue to do what you love, we love it as well! MG
PS I used to live in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn and I worked in Bay Ridge..77th and 5th Ave.

3:34 PM  
Blogger Beurets said...

Regarding Julia not liking Julie, as I live here in Santa BArbara and saw Julia every week at the farmers market until she died. What I heard from people who knew her, was that she just thought it a little silly or not what she intended the book for. She was not into blogging at all and she thought the cookbook was a teaching aid/help for american women to fix a meal! I am sure that she would have liked Julie just fine had she met her and discussed Mastering with her.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Lori A. Mosby said...


I just want you to know that I saw the movie yesterday, and I was moved to tears. It was so inspirational that I have started my own blogging project. It truthfullu call The Honest Project. I truly enjoy your writing style and as a result, I am hoping that my writing continues to improve. My blog is serious in nature, as I must be honest with you and myself.

I encourage all of your followers to read my blog and give me your honest feedback.

Keep up the good work Julie. You are inspirational.


3:49 PM  
Blogger MVBLH said...

Terrific posts--congrats on blog, book, and MOVIE (which I'm dying to see...and I haven't been interested in going to the movies for years). You have not just brains and great talent, you have guts. You admire Julia, I'll admire you. Keep going!

3:55 PM  
Blogger AnnieR79 said...

I think your language in the book only depicts that of a true person with a sense of humor. You wrote the book without holding back- if you aren't going to tell your readers how you really feel and what you were really feeling at the time, why write anything at all!

4:03 PM  
Blogger Brad Ross said...

Julie...I saw the movie last night - and wow! I probably can't add anything more profound that what's already been said about it (not only the movie, but I'm meaning the "story"). I haven't seen such a heart-warming, captivating movie in a LONG time - definitely to add to my faves list! After seeing the movie, I now look forward to reading more of your blog and also the book! I cook and bake well, but I'm not terribly "adventuresome" - perhaps you (and Julia) will inspire me to expand.

Best regards from New Westminster, BC, Canada!


4:06 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Saw the movie on Friday and loved it,
so did my two friends. Read Julie
and Julia, so I can't wait until December and the new book comes
out. Curse words do not bother me!

4:11 PM  
Blogger Jennie said...

Really enjoyed the movie but personally could have done without the one f-bomb that was dropped, which I guess was used to express some of that vital part of language for which you have a fondness. I do appreciate the heads up because I would have not enjoyed the book for that reason.

And with too much "Republican" bashing I would have likely resorted to tearing the pages from the book. Talk about scary, democrats and their love for government control of every part of our lives.

However, we did enjoy the movie, couldn't stand the thought of going for fastfood after the movie and have been pulling out recipes and cooking all weekend! Congratulations on the success.

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha thats hilarious, how the book is curse friendly. No wories. I loved the movie. I thought it was the cutest thing ever. Especially Juila. But what did you think of having Amy Adams play you? And what did you think of some people saying that the movie was going to be nominated for an Oscar?! Excitement.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Grosse Pointe Mom said...

Well I am glad I read the most recent entry on your blog. I only wish I had read it before I spent any money on attending your movie. I am a Republican and I am scared of your Liberal/Democratic views. I am thrilled I didn't waste my money to buy your book and support your view point - which I was going to do before I read your blog.

4:45 PM  
Blogger hapa said...

hello ma'am, love you, love your show, congratulations etc!

ok so being deep-left-coaster non-foodie it was only lately news of your project(s) arrived "here" and i wanted to say "good on ya" and such.

there is also something ~nagging~ (but friendly) which i have to ask.

so there we were thinking about the movie right after and it hit us (via wikiP) that pearl harbor happened at virtually the same age for julia as 9/11 happened for you, right?

so here's the question: have you written about this? not written about this?

apologies if this is a FAQ.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to cook your way through the year and then to write about it.

In 1982 while living in England with my "rock and Roll" boyfriend -I decided to learn cook, my guide? A used paperback that I bought in a jumble store called Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

I have cooked for many at this point of life, but you have done so much more; you have inspired a whole new generation!!

For this I thank you. <3

4:48 PM  
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4:49 PM  
Blogger The Celt said...


THANK YOU! My husband and I saw the movie last night and absolutely loved it! I loved getting to know you, your triumphs and heartaches during this time in your life that paralleled Julia's in such an amazing way! I can hardly wait to start your book! I have not stopped thinking about this story. Your dedication to this project is such an inspiration.

Since I've lived on my own, I've loved to cook. I've used my time in the kitchen as a therapy throughout many different periods in my life. Within the last year, I lost my father to cancer and my sister to a tragic car accident. When all the Ambien in the world has not helped me to fall asleep, I've turned to cooking as a way to find solace and some sort of connection to them. Making blueberry bread pudding (my father's favorite) or finding the perfect vegetarian dish for my sister, it has helped me in some strange way to mourn. Watching this movie has inspired me to challenge myself, both in the kitchen as well as in life, not being afraid to fail, to want to love the journey as well as the finished product. So again, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Bon Appetit,

Salt Lake City, UT

4:50 PM  
Blogger Ronisia said...

Congratulations - I watched the movie and I am going to read the book! Thank you so much for sharing your story with the world. You are an inspiration.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Thinks too much said...

Saw the movie Sunday and absolutely loved it. So did the rest of the audience if the applause were any indication.

I was inspired to COOK!

4:52 PM  
Blogger Bonnie and Linda said...

The move was fantastic! Of course afterward left-overs sounded kinda blah so we had to go to a restaurant, had to order red meat, wine goes without saying. and now I have to buy your book!And Julia's cookbook. To make the boeuf bourguinon at a Julie/Julia party. My hips, however, hate you.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

We just saw the movie and loved it! Of course my husband kept commenting on the location, LIC, since it's where he grew up. He wanted to know if you really lived on 40th Aven. He lived on 39th Ave. - many moons before you were even born!! Anyway, keep up the good work and don't worry about the cursing. No biggie! Marianne

5:07 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Just saw the movie...very inspiring. Just looked at your blog, and not being a big "blog" type person, I may be turning over a new leaf. It is also inspiring. I am planning to read the book it sounds wonderful!! I've got relatives that are Republicans, too, so I feel your pain!! I'm also a big fan of butter, so what's not to like, right? Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with us!!

5:19 PM  
Blogger Amanda McQueen said...

The movie was wonderful. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it! We are both amateur foodies. I must say though, it was very difficult to watch while on a diet ;)

Thanks for sharing your story with the world.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Auntie Em said...

Julia was, what, nearly 90 when she heard about your blog? That, unto itself, would explain her indifference. Besides, after decades of people wanting her attention, you were just one more. Am guessing that your movie paints Julia as a far more likable character than she was. What this movie has done is to get us viewers off our duffs. As for cuss words, by the way, I made up my own years ago, so no one is offended when they hear me use them. Cook on!

5:37 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

you are not inspiring, you are nothing but a crazed women. I read about your affair, you're just a slut!!! I read the book, saw the movie, you should only pray to as nice and sweet as they portrayed you in the movie. You couldn't get a divorce and leave him before you spread your legs for some other man! bLOG ABOUT THAT.

5:39 PM  
Blogger Peter Sammarco said...

well done Julie! love it and your sincere honest love and smiles from CANADA...Vancouver BC
PETER Sammrco
thank you!

5:54 PM  
Blogger Peter Sammarco said...

PETER SAMMARCO from VANCOUVER BC...your sincere honesty will always help guide those who need to meaning and love as you have so eloquently shared.
I made a error with my name it is PETER SAMMARCO
thank you Julie

5:56 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Hi Julie! I missed your real life language in the movie.......just wanted to say that! Love ya dear.....wish you were my daughter....Karen

6:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

LOVED your project/wit/story. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for sharing this with us. This was the best movie that we have seen in years and your story was so real and inspiring. My daughters and I laughed out loud. It brought back so many fond memories for me, too. I am now dusting off my cookbooks and am inspired to make boeuf bourguignon once again and to read your book (especially since I now know it is peppered with colorful language and Republican zingers). And, what a tribute to the incredible journey and spirit of Julia Child. Amazing accomplishment!

6:11 PM  
Blogger Keri said...

Sounds weird but I think you just became my Julia!!

I went to see the movie last night not knowing much about the story behind it. I was in awe over the scene where the actress was on the floor covered in batter having an absolute melt down then receives the phone call that changed everything. I felt so emotional because it gave me such hope. I just stared my own website full of DIY videos for brides. I have put a lot of time and money into the site and started feeling doubts and insecurities. I felt like I was wasting time and money. I almost felt foolish to admit it might actually work. Your story lit the fire that I almost let burn out. Thank you so much!

6:12 PM  
Blogger sweetiepie said...

Thank you for the information about Juila Child! She was a real person with flaws and lots of personality.

I read your book in the month of July and loved all of it. It reminded me so much of New York City and the rat race.

How is the butcher shop? Do you still work there?

6:16 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...


How can I get your autograph?

6:29 PM  
Blogger Lonna said...

I don't care if you cuss.. I am gonna read every word in your book!

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are an inspiration to the bloggers of America and beyond.

Mahalo Nui Loa

6:36 PM  
Blogger ChrisB said...

Just came back from seeing the movie - marvelous. Loved it because it was about food (yes, will be trying some of those recipes) and because it was about love and relationships.

Inspiring for sure - bravo to you for taking the risk and sticking with it.

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Saw the movie today-what a gem!! Came home, dug out my Julia Child & Company cookbook I inherited from my mom....thanks for bringing back memories and fun in the kitchen again!! I love the fact that you are re-introducing Julia to a new generation. I might even try boning a chicken-ha!! Keep up the good work!

6:48 PM  
Blogger wally & willow said...

Hi Julie,

I read both your book and Julia Child's book (picked it up right after yours) in January, completely in the dark that a movie was coming out. I just saw it tonight and I must say, your book was SO MUCH BETTER. Your voice was missing, which made me sad because that was what I enjoyed about your book/blog so much. Congrats on all the success! You're an inspiration to me, a fellow writer. I wish I had found the blog at the time you wrote it so I could have followed along on your journey.


7:02 PM  
Blogger Daphne said...

Okay, I've not commented before, but I feel I must. I've read the blog, the book, and seen the movie. The blog was the was so "real". The book is great, also. The movie was "sweet", but I prefer the blog over all...It just "spoke to me". I have played with the idea of starting a blog for years...I hope to launch soon! You have inspired me to finally publish my writing! I teach writing to middle school kids and have always wanted to publish. My life has been a "novel" worth sharing, I think...LOL!

7:03 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I bought your book in 2005 when it was first published. I read the book and loved it. I reread it again when I found out about the movie. Today I took my two daughters to see the movie and they loved it. I recently started a blog and there are so many things I could relate to in the movie. The funniest was seeing Julia's husband taking pictures of the food from above. My daughters both said out loud at the same time, Daddy! We could all relate to that one because no one starts eating until my husband takes the pics for the website.

Congratulations on your success!!

7:10 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Julie!

Congrats on your success! I loved the book and the movie and as a 30-something former govt employee could completely relate to your quest to find a creative outlet to your day job! You really captured how soul-sucking government work can be sometimes. :)

I'm sorry you've had to deal with a lot of "haters" through this process. I really don't understand what the fuss was all about with those who've criticized you. Julia's cookbook was to teach the average American chef how to cook French cuisine and you just took that did what she asked-- and entertained us in the process. Anyway, people are just jealous that they didn't get a book and Nora Ephron movie deal.

Thanks again!

7:18 PM  
Blogger fairwaybirdie said...

I started listening to your book on my Ipod a couple weeks ago, and I absolutely love it. I saw the movie this past weekend and enjoyed that too. I must say though, that I definitely prefer the "unfiltered" version of your perspectives and insights offered in the book. You crack me up. I can't wait for your next book.
I'm so happy for you. Congratulations. : )

7:23 PM  
Blogger To Nga Nguyen said...

I saw your movie this last Sunday at a Matine with my boyfriend who loves cooking as much as I do and we enjoyed it so much. It's not only a story about 2 women but a story of love also. You are awesome!

I'm going to get your book and Julia Child's books also.


7:24 PM  
Blogger David Ballard said...

Hey Julie. I've seen the movie twice and loved it even more the 2nd time. I love to cook and eat well. Meryl Streep is one of my favorites. I thought the whole thing was great and clever. The naysayers are just wishing they'd have thought of it. So happy for you and all the great things coming out of this. (p.s. I'm a republican with a few liberal tendencies ;)

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Swear all the "f" you want --- and bash Republicans all you want -- that is one reasn why this household LOVES YOU!
...and ESPECIALLY becuase you are a Texas who hates Republicans!

7:35 PM  
Blogger Lynda S. said...

I just saw the film this afternoon and loved it! I'm sure I will see it again. Congratulations and much continued success!

7:41 PM  
Blogger Daphne said...

Okay, I've not commented before, but I feel I must. I've read the blog, the book, and seen the movie. The blog was the was so "real". The book is great, also. The movie was "sweet", but I prefer the blog over all...It just "spoke to me". I have played with the idea of starting a blog for years...I hope to launch soon! You have inspired me to finally publish my writing! I teach writing to middle school kids and have always wanted to publish. My life has been a "novel" worth sharing, I think...LOL!

7:44 PM  
Blogger Monideepa said...

I thought the fact that Julia Child didn't become a fan of your blog is what made this whole thing a reality, and not a fairy tale. It rarely happens that everything in life is perfectly perfect, the way we expect them to be. If she became your biggest fan, it would be more of a fairly tale and I think a lot of people might be inclined to say, "no one is that lucky!" But the fact that Julia Child was not a great fan of your blog, gave the whole thing a sense of reality, that even without it, you still accomplished what you set out to do! The book/movie totally inspired me! Thanks :)

7:45 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My stepdaugher and I just returned from J&J. Loved it! Lauren is usually pretty quiet, but throughout the move she kept saying "let's try that" or "let's make that", which to me was such a great feeling as cooking is something we can easily (well, try anyway) to do together. Makes we want to cook and visit Paris!

8:03 PM  
Blogger Em said...

I was right -- the movie was fine, but Amy Adams didn't do you justice. Lacking... um... your sparkle. And tho I appreciated the "Julia" part, the the book was most inspiring to me because it was YOUR story... In cutting back & forth, the movie lost the build-up and "what's going to happen" excitement of that story. I much, much, much preferred the book.

8:23 PM  
Blogger City Living Girl said...

I LOVED IT, even more than I knew I would. Sooo inspiring! I can't wait to read your book. And so glad to find you here. Congrats & thank you!

8:29 PM  
Blogger Ellie said...

Saw the movie today and loved it. True to the book and even better. Julia taught us to cook in the 60's, and she's an icon in our lives. Yes, we own Mastering the Art of French Cooking volumes I and II. Amy was wonderful and so believable. I've owned the cookbooks for more than 30 years and plan to make boeuf bourgignon again very soon. This whole thing has been a joy for us. Thanks so much!

8:34 PM  
Blogger Paulina said...

Bummer! I enjoyed watching the movie J&J yesterday. It was truly inspirational, fun, funny, and thought provoking. The "bummer" part of my comment is about how you don't like what Republicans stand for. I am a 42 (yikes!) year old happily married woman and am a Republican. I didn't know I was a Republican until a few years ago - I was raised by a teacher I mean, come on! Anyway, I love my husband, the environment, cooking, my 2 spoiled kitties, working out, mountain biking, and my democratic family. I hate that I can't have children, that I'm stuck in a dead-end job, and that getting washboard abs would take an act of God. I love differences of opinion and am open to them; Please don't hate me because I'm a Republican ;) I have to say that your story and the movie has ignited in me something that has been lost for a long time - motivation! Thank you!

8:41 PM  
Blogger Paulina said...

Bummer! I enjoyed watching the movie J&J yesterday. It was truly inspirational, fun, funny, and thought provoking. The "bummer" part of my comment is about how you don't like what Republicans stand for. I am a 42 (yikes!) year old happily married woman and am a Republican. I didn't know I was a Republican until a few years ago - I was raised by a teacher I mean, come on! Anyway, I love my husband, the environment, cooking, my 2 spoiled kitties, working out, mountain biking, and my democratic family. I hate that I can't have children, that I'm stuck in a dead-end job, and that getting washboard abs would take an act of God. I love differences of opinion and am open to them; Please don't hate me because I'm a Republican ;) I have to say that your story and the movie have ignited in me something that has been lost for a long time - motivation! Thank you!

8:42 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Regardless of political views or swearing, we absolutely adore the movie and thank you for getting us back into the kitchen! My husband and I are trying new recipes again and rediscovering our inner Julia's. Best wishes.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Misty said...

I love the movie, and love the book. I think stupid people who have ridiculously negative things to say need to get their own lives...

I mean, it's ok to have negative opinions and not like someone/something but seriously- must we waste energy and time just hating on people.

At any rate, this is your time to shine and I guess that's when the haters come out in full force.

9:08 PM  
Blogger DreamgirlLisa said...

I made Coq au Vin over the weekend with my 13 year-old daugther (an awesome cook already), partly inspired by the movie and because I've always wanted to try it...Missy you deserve a gold medal...I love to cook and feel very comfortable and adept in the kitchen, but I would kill myself before I'd make all 524 of those recipes!

Can't wait for the next book...and lucky you on that great hubby of yours, he sounds like a keeper!

9:14 PM  
Blogger Lizz Campos said...

I just saw the movie and I loved it! My mom worked with Julia through the American Institute of Wine and Food, and she was right next to me through the whole movie. She wanted me to tell you that she's inspired to write about those encounters she had with Julia, and also that what my mom gathered was that Julia didn't like your blog so much as she didn't "get" the whole new blogging concept.

Otherwise, keep up the work! I'm a current blogger myself, but more about college life and Cal (UC Berkeley) Football, not terribly interesting. I just wanted to say that I will most likely be buying (or at least borrowing) your book to read through it. I might also try some french cooking in my also tiny apartment kitchen.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Mechelle said...

Just saw the movie...loved it! I remember watching Julia Child cook, and SNL make fun of her. All great memories. And, being an English teacher,I would have happily bought your book, however, you had to go where so many entertainers/celebrities go.

You are entitled to your opinion, and as Julia would say, "Never aplogize," so neither will I. I cannot buy your book. Please, please just tell your story, entertain me, but don't ask me to ignore political comments that have nothing to do with how much butter is in a recipe (Julia did not-she just cooked). And yes, I agree, there is no such thing as too much butter.

Your movie was fabulous, you however, "glibbed" yourself out of another book sold (also known to R's as money). Ignore it if you must, but unless you intend to barter for your next apartment/car/pair of shoes, some money is necessary. Ask your publisher, producer, actors etc.

Glibness is funny, but it sometimes bothers folks. It might not bother you, but it does occasionally bother me. And, no, I am not "a rich R." Good luck in the future.

9:37 PM  
Blogger b-rob said...

Long time listener, first time time caller...

Fuck them, Julie Powell.

I have read you since almost the beginning. I've never commented before because that feels like a fan letter, and, well, fan letters are cheesy.

I had to finally pop my cherry because of people like Elle. Really? Your book based on YOUR blog is self-indulgent? The very essence of a blog is self-indulgence, and that's okay, missy.

Your original blog and subsequent book (sorry, have not seen the movie) did not inspire me to cook my first boeuf bourguignon, or to learn more about Julia Child, or to start a blog about any sort of project meant to make my life fulfilling. But they entertain me, they make me feel like it's all right to fuck up occasionally, and they make me happy.

So please, Julie Powell, continue to be self-indulgent and whiny, continue to discover your inner funny self, and continue to be as glib as you want (um, it is your blog/book after all), and if I have a problem with you I will say it to your face.

Well, actually, I will probably not say it to your face because I would have to travel really far and employ some pretty high level stalker type activity to locate you. Then there would be a confrontation, and you would probably file a restraining order...

I'll just keep it to myself and not try to rain on your fucking parade.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Mechelle said...

My husband andI just saw the movie. Loved it! I remember watching Julia Child as a youngster, and SNL make fun of her as a teen. Great memories.

And, as I logged on to the blog, I would have happily purchased your book. However, you had to go where so many entertainers/celebrities go. Why one would insist on alienating a certain percentage of people escapes me. Just tell me how to cook...and how much you love it. Why do you care how one votes. We all eat.

So, you will not have my money for a book. You may not care, and "glib" right past it, however, unless you intend to barter for your next apartment/car/pair of shoes, money is necessary. Just ask your publisher, agent, producer, actors.

Being an English teacher, I appreciate your craft, but can't support the pulpit you've made it. Just cook, like Julia, and leave the rest to the others.

I won't apologize, as I don't expect you to. Just wanted to share. Good luck in life.

9:43 PM  
Blogger dmc said...

Loved the film. Inspired me to buy your book as well as Julia's.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Roberta said...

The only thing that makes any sense to me is that Ms. Childs is an old school kinda girl and she had no interest in "BLOGS"...probably scared her a bit and that is why she didn't want to meet/know you. Heck...I'm older and can understand Ms. Childs frustration w'the new age and the total lack of respect for manners and actually knowing someone before you "blog" them. So don't take it personally (and I'm sure you haven't) for if she knew you one bit she'd love you and your spirit. Fondly, Roberta

9:55 PM  
Blogger Anapurna said...

The movie was very inspirational. I stopped writing some time ago and this film reignited my desire to begin again. As a writer and artist, I have been frustrated with having to run a household and work full time, but what inspired me in the film was that I saw that it can be done. My husband, like Julie's (at least as portrayed in the film) is incredibly emotionally supportive of any creative endeavor I attempt. He also loves my cooking and, as a "foodie" that is very gratifying. I don't know how to do a blog, but am thinking of starting one-- even if only to reunite with my "writer's voice." I used to send all my writing and art to a friend who is a literary agent, but life came along and I put my creative projects aside in favor of earning a living and running a household. Would love to begin my creative work again and am trying to figure out how to do that without sacrificing my current livlihood (since I must still "bring home the bacon"), the attention to my relationship with spouse, or the running of my household. I am not a "spring chicken" so will need to work on finding the energy, time, money to make re-connect with my creativity. Thank you for inspiring me.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Susie Q said...

Oh Julie...I read the book awhile ago..loved it terribly. Saw the movie saturday and LOVED it. My husband loved it. Saw it again today with a dearfriend, my Mother and my 11 year old daughter. I loved it even more this time! Mom loved it. My friend loved it and yoi rstory totally captivated my daughter. My 11 year old daughter who we adopted in China when she was 6 1/2. This child is now talking endlessly about taking cooking lessons with me and going to see Julia's kitchen at the Smithsonian during our trip in September. See what you started? *laugh* YOU are a pure inspiration to me and a breath of fresh air...enjoy every second of this mad whirl!

10:26 PM  
Blogger Shannon Spence said...

Okay, left the theatre and went out for a fabulous dinner consisting of red meat and seafood. As many of your readers, I was starving after the movie ended! The second step was to see how fast Amazon could ship me Julia's famous cookbook and her memoirs of her time in France. Both, I am happy to report, are in the mail! Thanks so much for such a fabulous story and for the inspiration. Now, should I get myself a set of Julia's pearls?

10:26 PM  
Blogger sbbeachgirl said...

what a joy..laughed and cried with my husband and 20 year old daughter watching the project unfold...came out of the theater satisfied (and hungry)! Can't wait to start on page one of your book and julia's! from Santa Barbara girl

10:42 PM  
Blogger Moto said...

Thank You Julie!

My husband and I walked out of the theater but a few minutes ago. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Be both went in a bit moody and came out grinning.

Happy Eating!


10:46 PM  
Blogger Karen M said...


Stan the man came up to me in the health club and asked me if I'd seen it... I nodded and said "twice" to which he grinned and moved on; that was a compliment to speak of, he prides himself on his movie selections!

For Dr Ben, a client of mine found the cookware; I knew the country of origin, but not the manufacturer.

The pots and pans that I grew up with was Descoware, identical to that used in the film. There is information on the internet about it, if I may quote

"This is a for Descoware–a brand of enamel cookware made until the mid-seventies. The enamelware was originally manufactured as “Bruxelles Ware” with the Descoware Name coming from the American import company D.E Sanford Co. The brand was popularized by the wonderful Julia Child. All are welcome... Your email stays safe, no spam here. Please be kind and enjoy your stay. The “Author” has no commercial interest except his own small collection..."

I hope that is helpful!

All the best,
In health,

Karen M

10:47 PM  
Blogger Gentlewoman said...

I saw the movie today and just loved it. I had never heard of your blog or of the book. Immediately after the movie my husband and I went to the other side of the Mall and bought your book and Julia's "My Life in France." I never 'got' Julia before... now I'm in love! When we got home I ordered "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" from Amazon - it was out of stock at B&N. It's too bad that some people missed the point and don't get your humor. I think you're adorable. (Republicans scare the crap out of me too!) I'm really glad to see that you continue to write. Thanks for your introduction to Julia and for sparking my interest in cooking. Add me to your list of regular readers. I'm looking forward to reading more.

11:05 PM  
Blogger Empowering the Goddess said...

This is the 10th time I've written this before my computer crashed. I just saw your movie.
I am so inspired yet sad because I feel like i've wasted my life following a dream that will never happen.
But it gives me me hope just like Julia gave you gave me.
I have lead a life like you.
At the age of 49 I can never finish anything ADD..LOL Until this movie made me look at myself & made me want to walk past my fears & step into myself.
You are giving me the courage to do so.
I always have cooked from my heart,
I love food, I love the way it brings family & friends together and butter oh glorious butter. I have been a love of food since my birth the passion the smells the way it effects the heart is unspeakable. Water for chocolate, any food movie is my favorite. I'm not here for you but for myself and my breakthrough but you sure helped me want more it for myself. If I could ever have the chance to meet you, would be amazing, but not my goal. I want to thank you for your journey in life and how it's effected me and I'm sure so many others. Just as Julia effected us, and you....YOU have effected me. I want to grow within and beyond my fears. thank you for doing what we all want to do in life SPEAK OUR HEART LIVE OUR PASSION WHAT EVER THAT MAY BE. FOR ME THAT'S THE LOVE OF COOKING MAKING PEOPLE TASTE THE PASSION OF LIFE!!!

11:10 PM  
Blogger Krystal said...

Just saw the movie and loved it! I myself write a blog and your story is so inspiring. I am gonna go get your book asap! I have vowed to my small group of followers to live up to your example and be the best blogger that I can be. I wrote my last entry about the movie. Best of Luck!

11:25 PM  
Blogger Empowering the Goddess said...

LOL I laugh at my spelling my grammar but non of it matters, I had to comment from my heart.
Thank you again for awaking my souls passion, no matter what it is GO FOR IT!!! MINE IS A TASTE FOR LIFE, NO pun intended. My writing isn't the best right now because I'd rather have my heart written then getting an A plus in writting. LOL My taste buds and palete are better then my writing but that's obvious right now.
Tears fall because I don't think I can ever do what you have done nor is it my goal, but my dream is to beable to see a real farmers market to have real french triple cream brie, to debone a duck. It didn't take a movie to make me want these things but it did take a movie to make me believe I COULD DO THESE THINGS. I went to see Julia's kitchen at the Smithothian but it was closed so all I saw was her reciepe book and apron. I missed out on the rest. sorry again for the misspelled words.

11:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Julie-

Congratulations on your project, book, and the movie. As a long-time foody, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you through the film, and now, through the book. My JC experience has been with "The Way to Cook," which is more forgiving than the opus you conquered, but I felt a necessary rite of passage to becoming a great cook. I've only completed 5% of it AND I must admit that an egg still has not passed through these lips. My fear of eggs, in fact, has prevented my pursuit of cooking as a career. You made the poached egg look enticing...and I may have one yet.

Congratulations again and good luck to you in the future!


11:29 PM  
Blogger Empowering the Goddess said...

ok I lied I would love to meet you more then anything, to even grow like you did I would have to say would be a goal of mine.
I couldn't sleep until I was honest.
thank you again for sharing your story with everyone. Along with Julia's.

11:38 PM  
Blogger wallabbie said...

saw the movie and loved it - in SPITE of the Republican bashing!
Maybe you need to meet a few more so you won't have to stereotype so much about everything they supposedly "stand for". That's like me thinking all dems are communists:) Perhaps I am just more open minded.
nevertheless- the movie was everything I hoped it would be! The best to you in the future!

11:41 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

I just saw the movie earlier this evening and was so inspired by it! I was already in love with "My Life in France" and it was awesome to see it played out in parallel with modern-day reality. And it was so nice to see someone in transition find a new passion in life - certainly a relevant goal for me right now and countless others. Thanks so much for a great story!

12:48 AM  
Blogger Empowering the Goddess said...

I'm so sorry if I'm a dork, but I posted comments and see them on 2 different areas. I'm soooo old school and don't get how to do this. I need a book blogging for dummies....LOL
Thank you for your heart in the work you did with the people effective from 9/11.
It made you who you are today, I think even though you never met Julia you shared yourself and her heart with the world. Thank you for that.
Ive been writing too much now, from California. now it's late 1am. I'm still awake with passion.
I will make it to Paris one of these days thanks to you.
The Goddess with a Passion!!!

Ciao Bella,

12:54 AM  
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12:55 AM  
Blogger Saatchi Wellness said...

Hi Julie! We met you at Odeon Bar on Saturday night. Went and saw the movie on Sunday and LOVED LOVED LOVED it. Congrats! Jim and Christopher

2:42 AM  
Blogger poachedegg said...

Opened my web browser this morning and saw that "readers love Julia over Julie"! You are "ONLY" No. 16 on B&N and No. 27 on Amazon. I say the AP writer would only dream of this for him/herself!! You are inspiring. How could we be appreciating Julia's cookbook in today's goozharoo fashion if you hadn't taken the time to open up eyes. Thank you lovely girl!!

5:21 AM  
Blogger Joan said...

Saw the movie yesterday afternoon (with a full house). Loved it. I'm making Boeuf Bourguignon today! Congratulations on all your success. (from Antigone's nurse) :)

5:28 AM  
Blogger Carolyn7 said...

Had been waiting anxiously for movie once I saw trailer. Didn't know it was based on your book till I stumbled on it at B&N. Bought it, read it, loved it. Even the profanity & especially the anti-Republicanism. Author! Author! Movie is great also--glad I'd eaten before matinee.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Carolyn7 said...

Forgot to mention--actually "met" Julia years ago. She was to do a booksigning at some cooking store in Atlanta. Place was PACKED, so I wandered out into the mall. Looked up and there, tottering along all by herself, was Julia Child! Too surprised & in awe to get her autograph, but we did exchange hellos.

6:03 AM  
Blogger cupcakefail said...

I was so disappointed you never got to meet her, but the end of the movie was so sweet.
I was so excited for the movie to come out, I'm currently doing 31 days of cupcakes on my blog inspired by you! With 4 kids an entire cookbook is beyond my abilities, but I, too, use baking and cooking as therapy.
Thank you for making me feel normal. :)

6:04 AM  
Blogger Kevin S. Birnbaum said...

First, congrats on DOING something! Lots of people have ideas but NEVER start anything! You had the convictions to finish. Says a ton about you.

Saw the film - what's the deal with a model of the U.S.S. Enterprise on your blogging desk? It's in the lower left hand corner of the screen in one shot. You a fan? And were you and your husbans buddies of the folks that ran the pizza place below you? Kudos...

6:29 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Read the book, saw the movie, loved them both!

6:30 AM  
Blogger sunset pines farm said...

Loved, loved the movie! Went with a couple we love and laughed non-stop. I was a fan since the early days, and a culinary arts instructor who disagrees with your critics. Congratulations-I am thrilled for you!!!

6:33 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

We saw the film on the 8th...with another couple. It was a pilgrimage! I went to Smith College (as you know she is an alum) for a spell and also watched Julia's PBS show when I was home with my babies in the 70's. My now 33 year old son does a FAB imitation of Julia as a result. Thanks you for all your efforts-we shall now get the BOOK!

6:37 AM  
Blogger otter1955 said...

I'm sure it was disapointing that Juliadin't get to know you and appreciate what you did, but if you think about her age (and she was older than my mother) she probably didn't really comprehend what a blog is and what you were truly doing. And if wasn't presented to her properly, I can see why she would be more annoyed than receptive to what you did. I know my mother (who has all her mental faculties) still struggles with concepts like VCRs and cell phones and the internet pretty much escapes her. So I really believe if Julia Child had read your blog or had the opportunity to read you book, she would have been proud of you and would have been glad to have given you a boost when you neede it.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Roberta said...

Husband wanted to see G.I. Joe. I told him he could, that was fine. Then gave him "the look". You know what I mean. He dutifully sat through J&J with me and laughed outloud.

We talked about it all evening. It was entertaining and nostalgic for us. I've recommended it to everyone I know.

What a pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

6:51 AM  
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7:41 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Julie! I wanted to quickly mention- that fact that it was devastating to hear that Julia was either not interested or didn't like your blog or what you were doing, I wonder if it was all a lie.. could it have been something someone said just to get a rise out of you or to see what your reaction would be? By the looks of it and sounds of it.. it just doesn't seem like Julia would respond that way to someone simply honoring her work.. afterall, flattery is the ultimate compliment, right!? Just a thought tho! =)

7:43 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

Loved the film, am now enjoying your book. Congrats on breaking thru the blogosphere!

7:44 AM  
Blogger Car said...

Hi Julie,

I saw the movie this past weekend and loved it of course! I'm a public relations professional by day and a freelance writer by night, so I could definitely relate to the double life. Speaking of which, the agency I work for puts on a major internal event for Turner Broadcasting Co. (TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network) and CNN, for which we bring in high-profile people (think Larry King and Malcolm Gladwell caliber). I'd love to talk to you about the possibility of you speaking at the event. It is a great networking opportunity and a wonderful chance to promote your latest ventures. We often host book signings at the event as well. Please let me know if you're interested or let me know who to contact (agent, etc.).

Thank you!
Carly Felton
The Spizman Agency

7:58 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Vacationing in Toronto, us two food lovers went to see the movie last night. LOVED it and definitively want to read your book... and purchase a copy of Julia's French Cookbook.
Gab, from Montreal
Shannon, from Vancouver

7:58 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

LOL- love the PSA! I actually have a very similar PSA as the first post on my blog (to #2 obviously). I can't remember if you mentioned it in the book or not, but what I loved in the movie was when your character (how weird is that??) said something along the lines of "I did this for me, not for her" You may have been inspired by Julia (which as you point out- so many people were!), but it doesn't matter if she gave you her blessing or not. Many of us live our lives for people who could care less, but it doesn't mean we didn't do good. I don't know you, but I'm proud of what you did- look at you! It's truly amazing how much you have accomplished just for setting out and doing something for yourself! Bravo! Keep up the great work. You're an insporation for those of us to try to better ourselves and don't get the encouragement we so desire! I love reading your blog, loved reading your book, and loved the movie too! Great job Lady!

7:59 AM  
Blogger Errant Knave said...

Bought and read the book. Loved it. Reviewed it here:

Then I went to see the movie, and I loved it just as muuch. Different, but still good. all the best, Julie. (And Eric, too!)

8:32 AM  
Blogger Tumbadora said...

Dear Julie,

My boyfriend and I just saw the movie last night and loved it. What a fun and inspiring year you had. I'm very happy you got published and have been getting all of this recognition. I wish you good luck and all the best in all your the way, Are you still friends with the Cobb Salad women? that restaurant scene was hilarious...

8:49 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Hey Julie, I applaud your use of the "f" word -- especially when used in the same sentence as "republican!"

Seriously, your language and your honesty about your political leanings made your book much more personal and much more real. Hope the next book stays true to that as well!

8:59 AM  
Blogger alphabet soup said...

It was a shame that all the booze and swearing that shaped your book were edited in the movie version. My vision of you is still as a gentle (but trucker-mouthed)apron-wearing, mortar and pestle-wielding woman with a dream as indestructible as a cast iron pan. Congratulations on your success,I hope all your aspics wobble to and fro. If you have a few minutes while you're waiting for the oven to preheat, check out my review of Julie & Julia(I'm a lover, not a hater!):


9:16 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

I am going to see the movie. I want to see it becasue of the stars playing the part. Adams is cute and talented. I fell in love wit Streep after MAMMA MIA, but have always like her acting. I don't see the NEED to insert swear words into literature, but maybe that is not your category. Is it life, yes. I speak differently to different people. For that and bashing Republicans, I will pass on the book. I am expecting the movis to be inspiring, but I have already started out on a new trail of career endeavors.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ironic that probably half the people who paid to see your movie and/or buy your book are Republicans. Why would you risk offending them? Obviously they are fans, too, no?

10:47 AM  
Blogger Pat Monroe said...

What a story, great movie, and fun you are not a @!&@! and never could be. You not only caused me to become excited about cooking, now that I am approaching retirement, but I now know what a "Blog" is! You are my first! When the lights came on in the movie, there were many difference sized groups of women to add to our group of 12 "Girls Night Out" friends that go once a month to a "Chick Flick". Your movie ranks up there as the top 5 Chick Flicks we have seen. To honor your achievements, we have decided to have a dinner party and everyone has to bring a Julia Child's recipe and the hostess will make the pot roast you made in the movie (by the way, I have that exact orange pot that was my mothers). Great fun, thanks for the evening! So glad you wrote so I could see my first Blog. You can't stop here, sign that Food Channel Contract so we can see you everyday!

10:54 AM  
Blogger 1themath said...


I saw the movie and it was great but why didn't just build a regular site for your blog like Perez Hilton did so you could've made ad revenue?

Just wondering,


11:02 AM  
Blogger Cassiopeia said...

LOVED THE MOVIE! As I jumped in the car (hands free of buttery pop corn), I immediately SMS’s my best friend in Malibu, since I “met” Julia with her during our early teens.
I told her –among other things- that I was going to order the book ASAP (the truth being that I will buy another for her)…
And today, as I got into the newsroom, I was assigned to interview you. How can I reach you?


11:28 AM  
Blogger Cassiopeia said...

LOVED THE MOVIE! As I jumped in the car (hands free of buttery pop corn), inmediately SMS’s my best friend in Malibu, since we “met” Julia with her during our early teens.
I told her –among other things- that I was going to order the book ASAP (the truth being that I will buy another for her)…
And today, as I got into the newsroom, I was assigned to interview you. How can I reach you?


11:39 AM  
Blogger Mary Jones said...

I host a talk show on 4 radio stations in CT and would love to chat on-air with you! My show is a positive, upbeat womens-oriented would be great fun!
And, saw the movie this weekend...loved it!
Please let me know if we can schedule an interview.
Thanks so much!
Mary Jones

11:52 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hello Julie! I just saw the movie last night and I loved it! I was so inspired that my friend and I ordered Julia's book (and yours) from Amazon! I am very excited and think this is very cool :)

12:07 PM  
Blogger Carmen Millan said...

I’m a reporter at the Sunday Magazine Section of El Nuevo Dia newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Please let me know if we can schedule an interview.
I saw the movie yesterday. Loved it!
Carmen M.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Empowering the Goddess said...

You have inspired me to start my own blog: Empower the Goddess.
I am 49 and next year June 15th I will be the big 50. I'm at a turning point in my life questioning why am I here. What is my number one thing I NEED to do at this stage in my life so for the next 309 days left and in my last days of being in my 40s. I want to take a journey within to find ME & what do I want to do with myself as a powerful women. And stepping into the glorious days of memopause or pre. Not sure but going take on the task of hopefully gracefuly document my journey into the 50s. I have no idea what I'm doing but thanks to you I have help through your experience. I am ordering today a how to blog book along with Julia Childs book Vol 1. Mastering the art of French Cooking. I did not read your book but really would love to meet you at a book signing here in Los Angeles.
Love reading all these posts and seeing how you are inspiring so many others.
Please if you can let me know how to get a signed copy of your book.
or visit my blog Empower the Goddess or anyone else for that matter and share your stories. I want all women to know how powerful we are.
Julie you have shown that through are ups and downs but just doing it no matter how many melt downs we have if we want something bad enough we can get to the other side just to take us to the next journey.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Jayne said...

Congratulations Julie!
I read the book ages ago and loved it. Just saw the movie and loved it. Now I just want to cook, eat and blog!

12:29 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Unbelievable how people don't get you or your humor.

When I was reading your book, I would periodically shout to my husband in the other room, "oh my God, she's me!" Those five words, every once in a while. Like the feeling you describe when you quote 'Silence of the Lambs' and Eric doesn't get it. You nailed that feeling. I used to live in Astoria and temp downtown. I know that train ride. I love David Strathairn. I think 'Joe vs. the Volcano' is terribly underrated.

I'm currently in a huge rut, and J&J has helped me see the big picture -- it's not about cursing, people; it's not about politics, it's about reaching down where you think there's nothing and finding a beautiful surprise. God, did I just type that? Ew. Oh well, I love your writing Julie - can't wait for Cleaving.

Oh, and why is it all your haters are the ones with the horribly misspelled posts???

12:30 PM  
Blogger ATigerInTheKitchen said...

Big congratulations, Julie -- loved the book and the movie made me tear up at several points. You had me at boeuf bourguignon. Cheers...

12:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Your Republican bashing was one of my favorite parts of the book and although I missed it in the movie, I loved the film -- from beginning to end -- none the less. Took my husband and he was blown away by how much he liked it. Congrats!

12:49 PM  
Blogger Hopelessly Imperfect said...

I wish there was a place I could send you personal messages because being your 173rd message on here does not give me any hope that this comment will be read :(

But I must share with you something anyway.

I just saw you this morning on ReelzChannel making your potato and leek soup with some dude. I love Reelz Channel!! Love, love, love it! I usually only watch it for Movie Mob, though (They reviewed your movie this week...everyone loved it more than G.I. Joe naturally!!) so I was surprised to look up while playing with my baby boy after Movie Mob to see your face on the screen. I was like WHAT THE?????

I tuned everything else out and listened. A few things went through my mind. (Mind you, this is in no particular order)

1. I can't believe I had haven't googled you yet. Because before today I had no idea what you looked like.
2. You are so right about you and Amy Adams having completely different build!! I was thinking you were just as tiny and cute
3. I was wrong, however, you are BEAUTIFUL!!! Absolutely beautiful. I was stunned by how gorgeous you are. Amy Adams (mind you, I LOVE Amy Adams...I wanted to see this movie before I read the book just for her) simply does not do you justice.
4. I love you. I just love you. I know it's weird to be hearing that from some person you don't even know (and who just saw what you looked like today) but I can't help it.

When the short clip of you was over I tried to explain to my eight month old son what it is about you that I find amazing...I couldn't even get through a sentence before I started crying. That's how much I love you. You inspire me. Not to actually DO anything like normal inspirations...I just get a wonderful warm feeling when I think about who you are and what you've done.

You are truly an amazing woman. Really. You obviously must know this with all the fame you've been getting but I just feel like I have to tell you again.

You are a huge inspiration to me. I cried because I cannot believe that there is someone out there who is so wonderful and so REAL!!!! I can relate to you! I, too, am a larger built woman. I can't believe that someone so inspirational can be so down to earth. And you seemed so happy talking so I couldn't help but be overwhelmingly happy listening to you.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do another book signing. (Make a stop in CHICAGO) I want my copy signed more than anything in the world right now.

12:51 PM  
Blogger checkman said...

Congratulations on the success of (1)the blog (which I read some of back in the day) and (2) the movie, which my wife and oldest daughter and I saw over the weekend and completely enjoyed. There's always going to be someone who tries to slash and hack at someone who has managed to make something good happen for themselves, so enjoy the ride.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Julie:
Shelley Ackerman here.
I so loved "Julie & Julia" such a tale of inspiration and devotion, and i hope you're enjoying what you've created and take pleasure in how much the world is loving it and you.
My question is:
What time were you born?
I'm an accomplished astrologer - writer and would like to feature you/your story in my update this weekend. If you'd like to check out my work, it's at

1:11 PM  
Blogger leah said...

So important to cut your attendance by half! LOL! Libs like you scare the beejeebies out of us, too. So fuck your blog, your book, your movie. I'll buy a pirated version. Hope you dig the salty language! LOLOLOLOOL

1:19 PM  
Blogger Peter Sammarco said...

Keep up the good work and much love and light to you both...when one supports one another and loves one another freely and have a friendship and love that lasts forever. Love is FREEDOM...together you made this possible because you support each and smiles from PETER SAMMARCO
Love to send you my books or you can just google my name and get them your self.... but you have do now what you have wanted to do: 'Changed peoples lives, by changing your own' (copyright 2009) Peter Sammarco

1:25 PM  
Blogger The Cotton Club Blog said...

What a terrific story! My husband and I thought the movie was fabulous. We so wanted to follow it with a French meal, but had to settle for pizza and red wine. We still thought it appropriate because it all started above a pizza restaurant. Today we made reservations at a French restaurant for next weekend! Thanks for a great date night! Cheryl

1:27 PM  
Blogger Peter Sammarco said...

Hi Julie and family,
oops and error again:
but you have DONE now what you have wanted to do: 'Changed peoples lives, by changing your own' (copyright 2009) Peter Sammarco

smiles from Vancouver BC CANADA


1:28 PM  
Blogger CJ Ink said...

Saw the movie last night and loved it. Thanks for reminding us how much we like Quiche aux Fruits de Mer. And Julia taught me how to make a good pie crust!

1:37 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Julie - the movie was fabulous!! I just loved it! : ) And now I'm going to buy your book ... I love your writing style and even the f-bombs from time to time. Great inspiration to me too. I love to write and have been working on a book for a bit now and it has truly given me the push to keep going!

Thank you Julie (and Julia)!


1:48 PM  
Blogger cele said...

loved the movie last night with my girlfriends. we are wondering, "are you still friends with the cobb salad girls?"

1:49 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Okay, um that Leah chick needs some serious help, but I'm sure she's tired from yelling at town hall meetings with her hands over her ears, lest she might actually listen to some reason.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Kathy Ireland said...

My daughter and I saw the movie on Friday afternoon. We loved it!

My daughter (11) was so inspired after watching the movie that she immediatley went home and started blogging herself!
(if you're interested).

I have not read the book yet, but I plan on making it a recommendation for at my next book club meeting.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

How fun to have just watched the J/J movie last night, googled my question about Julia's feelings on Julie and found your fresh blog entry!

I can see with how many fans and fan mail Julia Child had she may not have been excited about another and perhaps felt there was some leaching off her success?

The irony is that because of Julie and the movie there is likely to be a new awareness and a revival of interest over Julia Child and her book. The double irony is without the J/J project would someone have discovered Julia and done a just-Julia movie? Though I cannot image anyone better than Meryl Streep for the part.

PS - my Julia encounter is as Smith College graduate in a class 50 years after - so I shared her class reunion year.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Mike Moyer said...

Hi Julie,

I'm trying to get in touch with you. I'd like to talk to you about hosting an Iron-Chef style cooking contest at a conference in Chicago in early November.


3:35 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ahhh ... well don't apologize for the swearing. I'm finding the book touching and hilarious. On a recent camping trip, my family made fun of me as I laughed aloud at the wonderful tidbits of J&J. Kind of don't want it to end, but need to so I can see the movie! Glad I found this blog so I can get my fix of Powell musings. So does that make me a bleeder? Fuck! Just one gay Canadian foodie lad who thinks you are very insightful and amusing (two things I try to be). Cheers, Robbie from Ottawa, Ontario Canada.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finished your book on Saturday, saw the movie on Sunday. Am so bummed I have to wait until December for Cleaving.

Love, love, love your voice. I can definitely relate. Fuck those that can't :)

Thanks Julie!

4:11 PM  
Blogger enjoythejourney said...

I almost don't want to finish the book because #1 it is so darn funny and #2......what will I do without this terrific story to add to my day! But alas, like you Julie, I have set a goal and that is to finish the book before seeing the movie. Well that gives me two days, which is very achievable, but with some sadness thrown in. Guess I will have to get my "fix" by reading your blog.
You are awesome Julie!

4:24 PM  
Blogger Scarlet said...

I can't wait to check out the movie. Sounds like you're quite an inspiration! Congrats!! :)

4:26 PM  
Blogger Protector of Vintage said...

I have not seen the movie yet, but I thoroughly enjoyed your book. It was the best "read" I have had in quite awhile. I look forward to the next one. Take care~

4:28 PM  
Blogger cmholm said...

My wife & I managed to squeeze '500 Days Of Summer' and J&J into the weekend.

Fortunately, Kelly usually reads the spoilers before seeing a film, and reassured me that '500...' wasn't going to be a major downer. We're just coming up on 24 years, and by and large reenacted relationship downers aren't my thing. Bad mojo, or something like that.

Very glad we saved J&J for last. Just super. Now, must get into gear with son watching 'District 9'. GI Joe will just have to wait for me to accidently flip by it on Spike TV.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Karine said...

Hi Julie!!!
Saw the movie saturday too! Loved it! Love what you did and you're a great inspiration! :)
It's a shame you didn't get to meet Julia. Also, I am French, and I live in the US, and all I wanted to do after the movie is run to whole foods and get some great food and wine!! lol I miss that for sure!
Hope you can get some real pearls now, you deserve it!! ;)
Keep going, you're fabulous!
Thanks for a great story!
Karine --- oh! Bon appetit!

5:20 PM  
Blogger Karine said...

Hi Julie!!!
Saw the movie saturday too! Loved it! Love what you did and you're a great inspiration! :)
It's a shame you didn't get to meet Julia. Also, I am French, and I live in the US, and all I wanted to do after the movie is run to whole foods and get some great food and wine!! lol I miss that for sure!
Hope you can get some real pearls now, you deserve it!! ;)
Keep going, you're fabulous!
Thanks for a great story!

5:20 PM  
Blogger My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

o.k. count me in...I too LOVED the movie...You are an inspiration.. I was wondering what to make for my brother's 40th birthday....THAT'S IT...The Reine De Saba.....perfect...

Thanks for keeping Julia alive in all our hearts.

I LOVED her too. I got to meet her once at a book sigining. My mom was with me and she said,"Kary, your face is bright red." "It's Julia mom..JULIA."

Congratulations and Best Wishes to you.


5:23 PM  
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5:44 PM  
Blogger The Tyson Kitchen said...

Loved the movie (sorry, haven't read the book!) and really enjoyed hearing your story. I've been inspired to bust out Volumes One and Two of Mastering and can't wait to dig in. Thank you.

Keep up the good work!

6:44 PM  
Blogger tupelokatey said...

Don't mind Elle and her ilk. Please. You've done a good, good thing.

6:58 PM  
Blogger jns_k said...

Regarding the comment about Republicans, "...I just am terrified of everything you stand for, is all." I have to admit that, as a Republican, I feel exactly the same about you Democrats! Democrats usually pride themselves on being open-minded. I wonder if you are "open-minded" enough to consider the possibility that perhaps you are being "close-minded" regarding Republicans. Afterall, it sounds as though you are stereotyping... generalizing. I bet you would say publicly that you embrace diversity, right??? Does that include people who consider themselves "Republicans"???

6:59 PM  
Blogger Deb or/and John said...

Saw the J&J movie based on your blog and book. Enjoyed it lots. Made me want to come home and cook something delicious up for dinner. Just may have to run out and buy your book now to find out how much you use the "F" and other words and bash Republicans. We are in our late 50s, early 60s- Republicans and I am a champion swearer so somewhere we'll find some common ground.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Julie. I'm one of the earlier readers of your blog, going right back to the beginning and a big fan. Remember when your blog revolved around such heady questions as whether Sabrina or Buffy was the superior way to spend an evening with your hubby?

Anyway, I hadn't planned to even revisit the blog, let alone add a comment; but, I just saw your film and an interview with Charlie Rose interviewing Merryl Streep and Norah Ephron. Now, having seen both, I can honestly say that I loved the film - especially the parts showing you portrayed by Amy Adams. Both hubby and I think that the decision to add Julia's life to the mix was a distraction and we would have loved if the film focused EXCLUSIVELY on you and all your wonderful complexities. Hubby thinks - and I agree - that Charlie Rose should have added both you and Amy Adams to his show or had no show at all. It left a void. That's how wonderful Amy Adams was and how distracting Merryl Streep was.

Still, we are so happy for you. Congrats.

7:11 PM  

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