Monday, August 24, 2009

A little something I wrote.

I wrote this the day after my beloved eldest cat died. People who know me know that I pretty much have to work the people I love into everything I write, which makes for some odd perspectives on things sometimes.

So many things to comment on! I know I can't possibly answer everyone's questions, but:

1) Vegetarian food in MtAoFC is pretty thin on the ground, especially if you're eschewing dairy. But I believe the ratatouille is, and it's fantastic. And then there's always my beloved baked cucumbers.

2) Ron P - I'm horrified that the Delta Sky pieces talks about pork at Salute - that's horrific, and definitely not something I wrote. I need to get the piece as printed. Thanks for pointing it out.


Blogger Flower said...

Baked cucumbers...that is one I've got to look up and will! Beef bourguignonne is next on my list!!
Loved the movie...the food, the people, and yes, the cat!! Inspiring all the way!

11:16 AM  
Blogger Jayne Martin said...

Very interesting article on "your cat." Having been a TV-movie writer for many years, I can relate to your frustration at not having a film reflect your written word. However, since I wrote many true-life stories based on real people, I am sure they felt the same frustration about my script. Such is the nature of the film-making beast. You are so close to it that it can't help but sting. But the viewers of the film who do not know you, just love the film for what it is. Myself included. Now that you have this success under your belt, next time you can ask for script approval. You might not get it, but you can ask. My heartfelt sympathies on the passing of your cat. Mine also is 17 and she is fading before my eyes.

11:31 AM  
Blogger JelliDonut said...

So sorry for your loss. My beloved George died five months ago and I still expect to see him coming around a corner or jumping into my lap. I was out of town when he passed and I'm not sure I will ever have "closure." He was only six.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Hayley Daen said...

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12:08 PM  
Blogger Hayley Daen said...

Dear Julie,
I know this may sound strange, and I completely understand if you are uninterested. At my school, Ashley Hall, we are required to do a senior project on a subject that interests us. Inspired by your journey and your story, I decided to bake my way through one of David Lebovitz's cookbooks and blog about my experiences (just like you!). For the project, we need to have a handful of contacts in case we come upon any unanswerable questions or simply need a bit of help. I would be so honored and ecstatic if you would agree to be one of my contacts. It would only require minimal effort on your part, mostly likely a question answered over email here and there. If you are at all interested, please, please, please contact me. My blog is
Hayley Daen
P.S. I removed the previous comment because I spelled my own last name wrong

12:09 PM  
Blogger Ashley Nichole said...

My condolences to both you and Eric. Speaking of Eric, how did he like the portrayal of himself in the movie?

12:12 PM  
Blogger James F. La Croce said...

Just saw the movie and loved it!! I'm 69 yrs. old and bought MtAoFC back in '64 I think it was and cooked part of my way through and made my friends my guinea pigs. Had some funny things happen:I burned the olive oil when I tried to make beef fondue. What a fire!!! How entertaining for the guests. Thanks so much for the book and the movie. Delightful. Blessing, Mary La Croce

12:26 PM  
Blogger O'Reilly said...

Did Nora make a mistake by not letting Amy spend time with you and getting to know you better, better than she could through your memoir and the derivative screenplay only?

The story arc of Amy Adams' Julie Powell in the movie is not as compelling and rich as the story arc of Julie Powell in your memoir. And Adams's rendition is also the source of some criticism about the movie when film critics compare the two parts, Julie and Julia.

I imagine it goes beyond the things you would or wouldn't say to elements of your personality and the way you think that caused 'your story' to come out the way it does. And while it's bound to be different in a movie, could it not have been the same in the ways that were important to the journey? If Amy can do complicated characters then why not give her a chance to know Powell first and let her have at it?

These are the questions I'd ask you if we were sitting together, having coffee and talking about life, literature and the arts. Salut et bon appetit!

12:40 PM  
Blogger Nina Kaur said...


I started your book. It's hilarious and meaningful. Food is sexy. Thank you for inspiring me to write a blog, it is helping me live a life.


12:41 PM  
Blogger Misty said...


the article was fantastic. It's so funny how people, everyday, derive strength/example/inspiration/_______ from politicians and celebrities alike... But then, one day, a blogger gets famous for it and the criticisms fly.
People deserve the finger every now and then. (shoved in their eye, that is.)

I am so sorry for your loss. This is so sad.

As much as I loved the film (which was a lot) you can stand a bit taller because the book IS better than the movie.

I was wondering the same thing about Eric's feelings on his character.

1:12 PM  
Blogger said...

Julie, I just read your article over at Double X, and thought it was wonderful and clever (although I am also sorry for your loss).

Yesterday I saw J&J, and read the book when it first came out as I am a huge fan of Julia Child.

I can understand that you may feel your portrayal was 'not you' but still, it must feel amazing to have that year of your life, and what you accomplished as a result rewarded with a movie!

I loved your book, and have already pre-ordered your next one from amazon. And I loved the movie.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

This is my first time reading your blog but I felt compelled to visit because over the weekend a friend gave me a copy of your book that she had just finished. I'd heard of it but probably wouldn't have made the effort to find it myself so boy am I lucky that it dropped into my lap! I loved it!

I was definitely the crazy person sitting by myself at the pool reading and laughing out loud at passages (particularly describing the crazies calling you at work which I can definitely commiserate with) —and of course I stayed up till 3am finishing it last night!

It reminded me so much of the fall of 2007 when I sold my condo before the new one I was buying was ready, and ended up living with my boyfriend, his 4 guy roommates AND their pit bull for three months. To top it all off my boyfriend was starting his first semester of night law school while working full time. Needless to say life was shitty, and I started cooking...a lot. I guess it’s a stress response, but it provided a necessary distraction and time occupier while also making me feel productive. And although I still can’t make the perfect empanada dough (or pretty much anything in MtAoFC) it made those three months better than I ever could have imagined!

Anyway, congrats on everything and best of luck in the future!

1:18 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Marie said...

Hi Julie,

I could be like half of the women in America right now and tell you that I too have started a cooking blog and am now idolizing you right next to JC and Marcella Hazan but, sadly, I'm not.

I loved the book - and the movie but actually I have a question to ask you. As a fellow writer I'm interested in knowing how one goes about writing a book based entirely on your own personal life. I've been blogging off and on since '04 and would like to tackle a whole book but I don't want to create some fictional world. I want to write about real things and real people and hopefully help others who are going through some of the things I've gone through.

So -how do you turn your life into a story? Got any tips for me?

1:32 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Julie, My deepest sympathies on the loss of Maxine. What a great cat she sounds like. I think I've lived with a cat just like her! This article, though, is quite lovely and a wonderful tribute to her.

By the way, I saw the movie this weekend. Loved it! It inspired me to go home and do some cooking (okay, I made pizza rather than something French) and pen a tribute to the written word for my own blog. Congratulations.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

[This is pretty much completely unrelated to this particular post, but I just wanted to get it out there somewhere.]
I'm an 18 year-old high school graduate, in the awkward stage that falls in there. I'm about to take a gap year in Israel, I don't know if I'll really be into the whole studying thing when I get back, and my interests have suddenly changed, after staying the same since the fourth grade.
I saw your movie the other night, and in the midst of all of my friends leaving for college, not knowing what to do, and not having started to pack, it was extremely inspirational. I'm not one to comment on blogs, but I wanted to let you know that it feels so good to hear about someone just doing what they want to do, no matter how it fits into her schedule. [It's also great to know about all that great food to cook, even though I am a vegetarian.]
I am quite possibly going to take your book with me for the plane ride, and I won't forget that if I feel like doing whatever, I should go ahead and take on the challenge.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Drifter said...

Hi Julie,

I really enjoyed the Movie: Julie and Julia and your blog. I happened to notice that you started blogging 7 years ago, if I am not wrong, August 25(Sunday), 2002!

I am sooo sorry for your loss.

I love pets. They are the best friends of human beings, which unfortunately are not very always friendly with them...Sad enough...


3:04 PM  
Blogger Sherri Murphy said...

So sorry about the loss of dear Maxine-

I would love to know how much weight you actually gained eating all those fattening French foods and so very late at night.

It seems as though it would have been quite expensive as well.

You actually had much to lose!

Happy that you stayed the course.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Just saw the movie today, and loved it! It makes me want to run out and buy Julia's cookbook and start cooking myself. Kudos to you for doing what you did in that year, you've definitely inspired me!! Thanks Julie! :D

5:01 PM  
Blogger Giulia said...


Thanks for mentioning zee cats, both Maxine & Minette. I verged on annoying my movie companion by repeating "But there's more cat. And no Minette! How can there be no Minette?" Otherwise, I enjoyed the film for what it was...a condensation. But I do understand how you feel.

I am very sorry about Maxine; I've been through it with four cats as an adult cat slave. Many more from 4 yrs. on. It's never easier. Ever.

(My) Julie, a pink-nosed ginger & white pistol supervises writing from the chair next to mine. When she isn't pushing pens & papers & other fallout of writing on the floor. (Editorial comment, perhaps?)

Well said in your article.


5:27 PM  
Blogger Journey of a Writer said...

I am sooo sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved cat!

I loved your book, and so far have seen Julie & Julia twice!

I wish you all the best on your up and coming book, the snippet in the back of your book looks great!

5:59 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Dear Julie,
I have so enjoyed reading your blogs, both here and the original project blog.
I recently went to see the movie Julie/Julia with a good friend of mine. We laughed throughout the movie!
I have such fond memories of watching Julia Child on PBS with my mom when I was a little girl. Meryl Steep did such a wonderful job stepping into her character!

I've enjoyed browsing through the various blogs of the other posters... such fun!!!

6:16 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

so sorry for your loss. all of my cats are rescues- they are very special. maxine will live on not only in your writings & in the movie but most dearly in your heart!

6:26 PM  
Blogger hunnybeetee said...

nice cat metaphor. but who could really depict a person's life without it being a documentary?
also, sorry to hear that your cat went on to cat heaven. up there, there are endless pens to push off tables.

6:54 PM  
Blogger Nina Kaur said...


I'm sorry I called you Julia earlier, my head is up my ass see because I started a blog from the inpiration you gave me.

It's the fifth day and I'm so exhausted I want to puke. How, in god's name, did you do it?

By the way, YOU are soooo much more than that character they portrayed in the film. The person that you are in your book has so much more depth, humor, insight and beauty.

I don't understand Hollywood. Your book is more entertaining than the film and I loved the film.

Thank you for having so much talent.


7:05 PM  
Blogger Lisa Lindell said...

When I started seeing ads for this movie I knew it was one I'd like to actually go to the theatre to see (haven't yet). Imagine my surprise when I was at the bookstore yesterday...the book is always better than the movie. Loved your book, just finished it.

7:53 PM  
Blogger DreamgirlLisa said...

Sorry to hear about your cat Julie, I'm a cat gal myself.
Enjoyed the article, can't wait for the next book!

8:13 PM  
Blogger Bethany Scanlon said...

Dear Julie, I'm not much on cooking, but I did go see J&J this past Saturday. (Wanted to see it the first weekend, but my husband dragged me to G.I.Joe)

Anyway, thank you so much for your hard work. I found your story extremely inspiring and I enjoy reading your blog:)

Keep up the wonderful work.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That was great. It sounds like you and Maxine were both lucky to have had each other -- before AND after you traveled down the pitfalls-of-Hollywood-adaptation road together.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Jenica said...

Hi Julie,

I recently watched the movie and have been very much inspired by your story. I live in So Cal and work for Fed Agency like yourself in the movie. I have been feeling so lost and unsure about my life here. The movie was just what I needed to encourage myself to plan the big move to NY. Although, I just made the decision and have no idea what I'm suppose to do. I understand if this is too much to ask but I was hoping if you can give me some advise. I'd really appreciate if we can talk via e-mail at
Thank you.


11:23 PM  
Blogger Lauren from Texas said...

Ok, where do I start?

Hi, I'm Lauren, I'm also from Texas. Oh, and I think I am in love with you.

I went and saw Julie and Julia BEFORE reading the book (which is strictly against my religion but I tried diligently to find your book at Sam's Club the week before the movie came out and ended up coming out of there with a bag of frozen chicken breasts the size of my head, and no book. Sorry). Anyway, I LOVED the movie (I mean, how could you not?!). Cooking and blogging, my two favorite things. And Meryl Streep was to die for. Seriously.

Alright, then I got my hands on your book (thank you, Target) and cracked into it.


Don't get me wrong. Love the movie. Love the book. But they are so different it's crazy.

Anyway, all of that to say, I am more than halfway through your book, have peed my pants from laughing so hard several times, and already can't wait for your next book. I LOVE that you're from Texas, and love that this all started by you having a little blog. That's what I have now, but I always hope for so much more.

Is this the longest comment/fan letter ever or what?

I love you Julie Powell (now I'm just borderline creepy).

Lauren From Texas

If you're interested in reading my take on the movie, here you go:

5:57 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Hi Julie...
I finally saw the movie on Sunday!
Back in the day, I wrote a piece about her for her birthday. The State of Florida agreed to proclaim her birthday as "Julia Child Day" in Florida. (That was my "birthday present".)
I attended Julia's 90th birthday party at the Fifth Floor restaurant in San Francisco...and I have to say the movie was spot on.
The best line from the movie was when you said (paraphrasing), "I was drowning in the ocean and she saved me."
Profound. I completely relate.

6:15 AM  
Blogger FusedLight said...

What is it with Good Writers having their non-human friends die. My favorite blogger, Wil Wheaton, just had his dog die ( .

Your contrast of book vs. movie is spot-on. I'm reading yours now and wondering how many folks are picking it up and coming out with a quick WTF. Not that that's a bod thing, mind you!

7:28 AM  
Blogger cape cod mermaid artist said...

Hi from Cape Cod!
First let me extend my condolences in the loss of your cat. I have two cats and one dog and can only imagine the sadness you must feel.
I saw the movie last night and it inspired me to look you up. I actually left the movie wanting to cook but it was after midnight so not the best idea and besides, I am really not a very good cook, I am creative with a paint brush!!!! I am so impressed with what you have created out of your blog it is truly inspirational! If I am not mistaken I believe Julia used to cook on the Cape Too???

I am looking forward to reading your blogs now :)

7:48 AM  
Blogger derekshowerman said...

Julie, congrats on making a banana split out of your life. Best wishes and sorry for the loss of your cat!

8:42 AM  
Blogger Robert Crane said...

glad that's done.
feel better?
i mean, i was wondering when you'd finally blow, albeit nicey nice with the cat parallel universe and all.

as for maxine, my condolences.
it sounds like she never got to see the movie.
probably best, bless her timid little heart.
they can be so sensitive about such matters you know.

anyway, good to see you are up and about, and as feisty as ever.

8:45 AM  
Blogger Silvie said...

Hi Julie,

Sorry about your kitty- but really, many congratulations on the book/movie. I have been a big Julia fan since childhood as I'm from Cambridge, MA and a good friend of my mom's was one of Julia's closest friends. Her name is Pat Pratt and still lives in Cambridge today.

I have another question for you, and wanted to see if you'd help me with an article I'm writing for you. Well, really about 'Julie Powell's Long Island City." There have been so many articles following the explosion of the book/movie about 'Julia's France,' 'Julia's best cooking moments...' you get the idea, that we wanted to write one about you and your favorite (or at least places you find interesting/amusing/noteworthy in some way)spots in the LIC, as it is definitely (as you say) OffManhattan.

I was planning to venture out there this Friday/Saturday, and if you do get to read this (you have so much other blog comment love) and have a few moments to suggest a few places I might go to visit and write my article about, that would be incredible. Not sure if I might even be able to quote you for it, or (deep breath) might be in LIC this weekend to meet for a cup of coffee and I could ask you a few questions? (Figured it couldn't hurt to ask - know you would have asked/met Julia if you could have.)

In case you did want to email this all back to me, that'd be cool too: I'm not afraid to put it out there.

Many thanks for even reading this, and considering it. A few of my colleagues recently met Eric for work - they said he was rad.

All the best,

9:43 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My daughter and I (she's 15) just went to see the movie "Julie and Julia". We LOVED it. We learned so much more about Julia Child, someone I grew up watching cook with my grandmother. We both would sit there and drool over her food. When my daughter and I left the theater we were STARVING. Thank you so much for the movie. I will be an ardent follower of your blog. Thank you!

Cheryl & Lily

2:04 PM  
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2:06 PM  
Blogger kristyh said...

I am sorry for the loss of Maxine. I loved the article by the way. I also loved your book. I have 3 kitty's of my own or shall I say they own me and I can't imagine not having them around. Again so sorry.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

Julie: I have just finished reading your eulogy to Maxine and am saddened by your loss. Is dear Maxine the one who threw up in her carrier or the one who beshat herself? Her photograph certainly does not portray her as vapid but I have never known a cat (and I have really known a lot of cats) who was not exploitative, have you? In many ways, that is why we keep them around. They purr and they exploit us shamelessly. By the way, I have a green-eyed jewel of a cat named JULIE after you! I also have a menagerie of such proportion that decorum prohibits mentioning it here. Take care, Marie Gess

2:36 PM  
Blogger M said...

"...walk away,which is what cats, not writers do." Sometimes I wish I were a cat, not a writer.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Dear Julia,

I am the founder of a book club at an Investment Bank in New York. We read your book a few months ago and were very impressed with your work. As soon as I saw the J&J movie, I've been meaning to contact you to see if you'd be interested in speaking to our group. I'm sure that you have been receiving MANY emails asking about this, but you have been a really big inspiration to me personally and I would love to have you come. I'm sorry for posting this on your blog (but I wasn't sure where else I could contact you), my email is: I'd be happy to send more information, if you'd be interested.

Thanks so much in advance!

4:05 PM  
Blogger globalsmiles said...

Hi Julie! i've been following your blog for quite a while now but thought of you recently as a fellow Long Island City dweller. I'm running a start-up non-profit and am hosting a large event coming up and was hoping that maybe MAYBE we could get a signed book from you for a raffle?! Of course we can gladly buy the book ;) if you have a split chance and a tiny bit of heart, it would mean a lot if you could email me at

4:36 PM  
Blogger Best Wishes, Marie said...

i was sorry to only see one cat in the movie. and no one living up in the false ceiling. sorry about kitty passing away. we had a kitty drama this weekend. followed by an friend who has made it big offering to pay a vet bill. people are good. although we have sad days. when my cat passed away, someone said, oh that is why i do not want to get one. and i turned around and said, it was so worth it. best wishes, maire

4:55 PM  
Blogger said...

I appreciated the article about Maxine. Thanks for writing it and for posting the link on your blog.

6:56 PM  
Blogger sandyb said...

Julie, sorry about your kitty. Been there, too. Right there with you. Your article hits home with the cat lovers on here. Enjoying your posts.

7:22 PM  
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7:36 PM  
Blogger cindyinjuneau said...

Dear Julie,

This is my first blog letter even though I've twittered a few times. I love J & J and saw it twice in 6 days. I am now reading the book. I love Julia Child even though never tried her recipes and probably won't...but still want to own MTAoFC. Mexican food is my specialty and I never measure. When friends ask for recipes I have to make it up in my head as if I was making it at that moment. Everyone has said the dishes were wonderful so it supposedly worked...unless they don't want to hurt my feelings. Well, I just want you to know that you are my inspiration so don't be surprised if you see my blog - Mexican recipes - just a pinch of this and a pinch of that! I love when you bash Republicans as I am known for doing that too!

7:40 PM  
Blogger Trudy Heffernan said...

Just started reading your book and totally loving it. Perfectly placed profanities if I must say. I have to comment that when I was a biology grad student at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks I found solace in cooking gourmet food when I was fed up with stuff going wrong with my thesis. I've never looked back. I did get my degree but nothing has taken the place of cooking. Or swearing.

Now I have to get Julia's cook book. It sounds like everything in it is off my high-blood-pressure stupid diet, but what the hell? And to see Meryl Streep play Julia will be awesome. It must feel great to inspire this whole thing.

Sorry about your cat. Mine lived to 21 despite my allergies (or maybe because of them?) Even the vet said it was the end of a legacy. -Trudy

12:34 AM  
Blogger Soccer Mom said...

Hi Julie,...Loved the book and the movie. I think some of the parts of the movie that should have been in werent. But luckily those of us who have read the book knew the story as it was. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your cat. One question for you. Do you own an autographed copy of one of Julia's cookbooks? Have a great day!

5:05 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Saw the movie and am now reading the book. In our family we have a few literary "classics" (Confederacy of Dunces," "Sheila Levine...") that all of us are required to read. Not to do so may result in ostracism or disownment. I'm happy to say that your book is being added to the list.
I wonder-- how many pots of Boeuf Bourgignonne have been attempted because of you (and Julia). Thanks. And deep sorrow about your cat. We once had the most wonderful cat ever. He leapt in circles balletically in our yard, chasing butterflies, and he died a tragic hit-and-run death. I'm still heart-broken and it's been years.

8:12 AM  
Blogger raspen said...

Dear Ms. Powel,

I had the great pleasure of going to the movie, Julie and Julia! You are just an amazing inspiration! I teach nutrition to low income and frankly, we live pretty frugal. The story really inspires me to embrace cooking again and to practice what I preach! You have gained a new fan! My sympathies on the loss of your beloved cat. Pets are so soothing and part of ones family.
Ranae Aspen

8:13 AM  
Blogger Fen said...

Hi, Julie. I just watched the movie and i loved it. After the movie, i hurried to the computer and googled you. So, here I am, your newest fan. I have also bought your book and i cant wait to read it.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

I just read your piece on slate and had a great laugh. I read your book long before it became a movie and loved your voice. I felt like I was in on a little secret while I was watching the movie, since I knew the real story, as told by you, in addition to what was being portreyed on the screen. Here's to your past and future successes!

10:43 AM  
Blogger Wendy Paul said...

I loved the movie! I laughed and cried and had many of the same feelings for some of the same experiences have come my way. I had heard of your book and blog. I had not checked it out until I had an opportunity of my own placed before me last year. A chance to write a cupcake cookbook, and make it better than all the rest out there! Julie, you have been an inspiration for me and I thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us. I too had successes and failures, burnt offerings and delicious masterpieces. Through it all there was my husband who supports me and keeps me grounded. I can't thank you enough! Happy Baking!

11:09 AM  
Blogger Weekend Foodie said...

Hi Julie;

We put our little orange guy Bailey down last Friday after 15 years of meows.
So I totally understand and hope you are feeling better...

11:25 AM  
Blogger Barbara Peterson said...

Well...I loved the movie. I liked both Meryl Street and Amy Adams' portrayals of their roles. Since I don't like curse words, I guess I won't be reading your book. ; )

As for your dislike of Republicans... I'll go so far as to say that *all* politicians are crooks, out only for themselves, but at least Republicans, in theory, don't want us living in a welfare state, which is what the Dems want and are rapidly achieving.

In any event, good luck on future projects.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you

4:47 PM  
Blogger TheRedHead Who Reads said...

Dear Julie -

My sincerest heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear Maxine. I read your tribute on Double X. It's so very difficult to not have our dear furry friends in our lives any more. Know that your heart will heal over time.

I'm a first-time poster here. I usually advocate strongly for reading the book before seeing the movie, but this time around I broke that rule!

I had this past Monday off from work and thought it would be a nice break to go to the movie theater all by myself and indulge. I knew the Julie and Julia movie was one that *had* to be seen on the big screen. It was such a delightful and wonderful movie; Meryl Streep was utterly brilliant. I loved the film and am recommending it to everyone who I think would enjoy it.

I love to cook but I tend to be a perfectionist, so when things go wrong ... well, you know how that goes! I could definitely sympathize with your character cooking in such a small kitchen and being in tears when things didn't turn out quite right. I'll just say blackened, charred cauliflower and you can just imagine what that was like in my kitchen! (LOL)

At any rate, I fully believe the book is always, always better than the movie, and your book is indeed on my To Be Read List. My next excursion to go shopping will definitely be at the bookstore for a purchase.

Best Wishes, and again my condolences on your wonderful Maxine.

Debbie in Maine

9:52 PM  
Blogger Connie Crocker of Dundee said...

Love, love, loved the movie! Laughed, cried and just enjoyed it to the max!!! Cooking has that same appeal to me...Julia was a big part of my mother and grandmother's scene too.....
Very sorry of hear about your dear, old cat...may you find comfort in your memories...
As Julia says, "Bon Appetit!"
Thanks for the tears and laughter!
Now I think it might be time to head to the kitchen...the best place in the house - bar none!

4:27 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Speaking of a little something you wrote, guess what I just found in a bookstore in Maastricht, The Netherlands? Cleaving...which isn't coming out until December, right? Well, I bought it immediately. I don't know how this is possible, but I stopped by their English lit section and thought I'd check to see if they were carrying Julie and Julia (even though I have a copy). Well, they didn't have it, but to my absolute amazement, they had one copy of Cleaving...even better! I'm so excited to read it, and so glad I don't have to keep waiting. Lucky me.

7:26 AM  
Blogger MissMuse said...

I loved how your cat was portrayed on screen. I hope to see more of Terry's work in the future.
I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your dear friend, Maxine, but at 17, I'm sure she led quite a full and satisfied life.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Joanne K said...

Just finished reading your book. I really enjoyed it. What I liked best is that you write from your heart. I don't know how I missed your blog all these years. I'm so sorry for the passing of your cat. It is so heartbreaking. My two old lady cats both died within 3 days of each other. We miss our pets so much when they are gone, but you were able to do something that most of us could never do. You were able to immortalize Maxine.She will always be right there in your book.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Luanne said...

Hi Julie,
I just saw you movie last weekend with my mom, and I just wanted to tell you I thought you were great. You talked alot about how Julia Child was (and is) an inspiration to you. Well, you now are an inspiration to women all over as well. I too am a 30 something woman, wondering about the paths of my life, and wanting, no; needing a change, and something that's just for me. I felt deeply inspired by your story, and have been thinking of a goal, or change I can make or add to my life. I'm so happy for your success, and wish you all the best. If you ever want a "penpal" feel free to write back to me. Good luck in your future endeavors,and I will be checking out your blog from now on.

Have you even considered writing your own cookbook? I'm sure many people have suggested this too you all ready, but hey, what's one more suggestion?

10:21 AM  
Blogger Luanne said...

Hi Julie,
I just saw your movie on the weekend with my mom, and I wanted to tell you I think you were wonderful! I know you have said that Julia Child was (and is) your inspiration, but now you are an inspiration to women every where as well. As a 30 something woman myself, I have also felt I have a change in my life as well. I felt so inspired by your story, that I have been trying to think of ways in which I can make the most out of my life, and make something out there...that's just for me. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and am so happy for your success. If you are ever finding yourself in need of a "penpal" please feel free to write me back. Good luck to you!

P.S. Have you ever thought about writing a cook book? I'm sure many people have suggested this to you all ready, but hey, what's one more?

P.P.S. So sorry about your cat.

10:29 AM  
Blogger SK said...

Hi Julie,
Just wanted to thank for the Julie/Julia project. You inspired me to start my own project, which I've been putting off and finding excuses not to do at all: the 30 or 60 days of Bikram yoga. Today is Day 1!
All the best to you, and keep blogging!

Sharlota Kay

10:31 AM  
Blogger GP @ ABloominBlog said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your cat. I had two, brother and sister. They lived to 17 and 19 years old. I was devastated when they died and grieved for a long time.

Also I saw the movie, Julie and Julia. Loved it. I hope to read your book soon. Both you and Julia Childs are very inspiring.

11:28 AM  
Blogger PackersOwner said...

Sorry for your loss. As a fellow pet owner, I know how difficult the loss can be when they leave us.

Thank you for your inspiration and for getting your story onto the big screen. I think most viewers recognize that the movie version of any factual event is probably going to be "tweaked" for the movies, so I wouldn't be concerned with it. What is fact is that you changed your life by doing what you are passionate about and inspired many, many people along the way (and obviously continue to do so). I'm one example of that. I recently graduated with my MBA (last April) and have faced a somewhat tough job market (little understated). So, here I sit in the same ol' crummy job. Pays well, good job security, but I am bored out of my f'ing mind. Your story has helped kick me in the butt to reassess where I am in life & career and where I need to go. Not want to go.....need to go because I know where my true happiness lies.

One of the things I realized (once I sat down to really think about it) was how much I like to cook and that maybe it's time to have a little more fun with it. So, I downloaded the Boeuf Bourguignon recipe yesterday and went for it. My kitchen has never been such a disaster, but the kitchen never smelled so good either. I didn't realize what I was getting myself into (started dinner at 4pm and ate at 9:30pm). My wife said the smell was killing her (is it ready yet? is it ready yet? is it ready yet?). But, when we sat down to stopped us dead in our tracks. I forgot how good food can be.

Thank you for the inspiration to try something so different in the kitchen and most importantly that I should always remember....DON'T CROWD THE MUSHROOMS! :)

11:28 AM  
Blogger Lu Lazzari said...

Julie, my husband and I went to see " Julie& Julia" yesterday. We loved it! I could see myself in you. And today I couldn't wait to find your blog, and see a picture of you! And read a little bit more about you! And I only have to say that you are great! Beautiful! Upbeat! I love the way you write!
Be sure that you are also inspiring many people!
Best wishes from Brazil!

11:35 AM  
Blogger PastryChefJen said...

Hello mrs. powell first i must say i enjoyed your book. i love your writing style. i was a culinary graduate who lost my passion for cooking but after reading your book... it honestly changed me and my life. You probably hear this a billion times but its true and its not horse shit. I would love to continue reading your books so keep them coming. I hope you've had your baby... I do know how that situation is.... I wish you th best of luck in everything you do in life! Best wishes for you and your husband and family!

12:02 PM  
Blogger Esther said...

I so enjoy reading everyone's comments - keep them coming. i'm working on trying to make a plan to cook some of the recipes.

3:40 PM  
Blogger black eyed susans kitchen said...

Julie, The movie was as good as I could have hoped it would be...they are never like reading the book. My condolences on the loss of your can be a little sad. Looking forward to reading your next book.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Mark in Gurnee, IL said...

Kudos Julie!!! The movie was great and inspired me to pick up your book. It's just as delightful as the movie.

I'm a fairly decent cook of different cuisines, but since losing my copy of Mastering the Art of... in my divorce, I've never replaced the book. It's not that I don't "love" Julia Child...I did watch her TV shows!...but it's doubtful I'll ever make an aspic or bone a duck or kill a lobster:)!

And, too, James Beard's recipe for Boeuf a la Bourguignonne is pretty tasty so...

Tonight I was uninspired to cook anything fancy so created Oeufs a l'Americaine in Julie and Julia's honor:

2 TBSP butter
1/3 cup each diced roasted red pepper, fresh jalapeno, red onion
1/3 cup diced honey glazed ham
4 beaten eggs
~1/3-1/2 cup shredded cheese
salt and pepper to taste

A simple brunch or light evening meal dish...and it goes well with red wine!

Keep up the writing..."you done good"!!!

Mark in Gurnee, IL

5:28 PM  
Blogger cath said...

Julia, et les français alors? Pas de commentaires? Am I the first french to comment on your blog/story/film? Just came back from 4 fantastic weeks in the american west coast, took both my kids to the Julie and Julia film, absolutely adored it and laughed at different moments from the rest of the croud...I'm reading Julia's book then yours, I cherish those moments they'll help me through the coming months. Merci et aux fourneaux! Catherine

6:09 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

Nice well deserved comments on the movie at


6:24 PM  
Blogger Jaclyn said...

I am a culinary student at The Culinary Institute of America, in Poughkeepsie. I saw Julie and Julia last night and it was absolutely inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing your story with the world.

8:53 AM  
Blogger ~Sia McKye~ said...

Julie, Baked cucumbers? New one for me. Logically, if I can bake a squash, I can bake a cucumber.

Sorry to hear about your beloved kitty. Man that's a hard one to go through. Hugs to you. I lost my Xena almost 3 years ago and I still miss her.

I'm looking forward to seeing Julia/Julie. Especially after reading what a friend of mine, Judi Fennell, who saw it last night had to say. Judi tells us what a wonderful movie it is:

I love Meryl Streep and what a kudo to have her act in something that started with your pen!

Hang in there.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

I really enjoyed your book and cannot wait for the film to be released in the UK.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Bella Blog said...

Julie, nicely done (movie, all that cooking, your lovely husband).

7:54 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Hi Julie,

Sorry for your loss. I have two cats who have been with us for eight years now. They are very much a part of our family and it will be a sad day in our household when we have to say goodbye...but that won't be for awhile.

I saw the movie today but now I wish I had known about your blog first way back when it started...before the movie tried to be you rather than seeing the real you...well, not seeing you but reading your own thoughts.

I remember back when I was in my early teens coming home at lunch and tuning into Julia Child & Company. She would always add a little sunshine to my day.

Cooking became a part of me at a young age and now I only wish I had the time. Lately it's been chicken fingers and fries...and definately not any kind of fancy pommes frites with my kids.

Thanks for sharing your story, your life, your love for cooking and writing.

Bon Appetit!

9:01 PM  
Blogger Birdalone said...

So very sorry about your cat.

I saw the movie today, and you both have almost inspired me to start cooking again. Funny, the only time Julia Child inspired me to cook an individual recipe was her show on a rabbit and leek stew more than twenty years ago. My bad cat Daisy watched me prep. I could not help noticing her legs were the same size as the rabbit legs I was using. Daisy stared me into total guilt. By the time my stew was finished, I had to through the whole thing out, and have never eaten rabbit again.

BTW, the part where Julia "hates" your blog, or is just disinterested? That really troubled me. My guess is that she was upset you went to Amherst instead of Smith. I am also upset, having graduated the year you were born. I cannot imagaine being a female student at Amherst, but do hope the admission of women at the very least improved the food. It was truly awful, while Smith meals were always absolutely delicious. Disclosure: raised in a home where steaks were always well done and spaghetti sauce always based on ketchup.

Yes, I confess, I wanted far more Julia in the film, but think the real problem is how Nora Ephron struggled with the connections between your mutual joys of cooking.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I just read your post, that was kind a helpful to me.

4:06 AM  
Blogger Patrice said...

I made the baked cucumbers yesterday and they are every bit as good as you said and serendipitous because my garden is teeming with cucumbers and I didn't know what I was going to do with all of them! LOL.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hello Julie;
My wife and I went and saw the movie yesterday on our 28th anniversary. My wife said it was a good movie and I absolutely loved it. It was funny, inspiring and just an all around great movie. I am now looking foward to reading your book. Thank you. Harold

3:22 AM  
Blogger Best Wishes, Marie said...

When my car died. I think it was harder in part because we have had some infertity issues. When he was a kitten, I thought that he would be my kid's pet ..... He got old and died and no kids ever came. I think there is a definateness to all of that. For me at least, the road I am on is very comfortable, but it is not my first choice.

4:05 AM  
Blogger jerrybarn said...

But is a great film, and it serves to be nominated! Ms Streep was awesome. So what happened afterwards, how long did you stay on the tiny apartment? Sorry, haven't read the book, will need to

10:56 AM  
Blogger Suzy said...

I'm so sorry that your beloved cat died. May the memories of your special family member bring you comfort.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Mette Mølbak said...

Dear Julie
I'm a frelancejournalist living in Denmark and I've just been to a press screening on the Julie and Julia movie and the story really fascinated me (I've a great interest in food myself). I'm coming to New York the last week in October/start November and I'm wondering if you could find the time to make an interview. I'm writing for the biggest newspaper in Denmark, Politiken, and also writing for a lot of magazines.
Kind regards Mettte

1:38 PM  
Blogger Pappelschnee said...

I saw J&J today, went home, looked for your blog and probably will buy your book tomorrow. As a person who loves too cook, blog and write myself (and seeing my 30th birthday coming real soon) I relate to the fictional Julie Powell. I can't wait to read the words of the original :) Best wishes and all the best from Germany.

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry about your cat.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Elaine Hughes said...

Hey Julie, thanks for the veggie suggestions! I get frustrated sometimes with French recipes always having bacon, beef, and chicken, but my boyfriend and I love to cook. And we love to eat even more! He recently admitted that he hadn't been to many French restaurants, so I look forward to getting my own copy of MTAFC and making French food now!

4:50 PM  
Blogger Elaine Hughes said...

Thanks for the non-meat suggestions! I'm not a vegan (but applaud all who are), just a food lover with a vegetarian boyfriend. He admitted recently that he hasn't been to many French restaurants (probably b/c of the inclusion of bacon, beef, chicken, ect. in lots of dishes), so I'm looking forward to getting my own copy of MTAFC and making some French dishes for him.

(P.S. I love wearing pearls too)

5:03 PM  
Blogger yawning_greyhound said...

Sympathies on your kitty (we lost 6 dogs last year, it was dreadful!).

Congratulations, Julie Powell. We saw the movie last night (in Estes Park, CO, a HOTBED of Republicans--I know, I worked the election up there) and even the elderly in the audience cracked up. It was interesting to watch their reaction to the McCarthy conversation.

Anyway. I LOVED it! I could do a whole movie on Julia; I could also do a whole movie on Julie.

I've just read most of that year's blog (hey, it's a slow Sunday) and KUDOS to your tenacity in DOING it and then WRITING about it. While working FULL TIME. Amazing.

I'm so happy about where you've sent yourself along this path we call living.

Tell your publisher to make the new book available for Kindle; I'm reading your first now having just finished My Life in France. Ha! We're also watching The French Chef...what fun.

I think if JC would've met you, you would've gotten along tremendously.

From a wannabe writer in Colorado, you go girl.

5:18 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

loved the book and believe that the wide-eyed Hallmark portrayal of the cat was, in fact, a travesty. clearly, the beast was way sharper. They cuted her up and missed the point. write on. your writing is compelling.

5:31 PM  
Blogger heather said...

I saw themovie today and loved it.... I read the book whenitcameout, twice........Thank you for these!

5:44 PM  
Blogger Pie said...

Hi Julie,

Loved the movie, saw a Spring preview in L.A. before it was released to the theatres. Fantastic!

What a terrific testament to following your passion! However, I'm curious because I work in film, how accurate was the portrayal of Eric making the suggestion you create a blog? Or did you brainstorm that one together? And since I just started blogging and haven't really "kept up" is it true you and Eric are divorcing? I am so sorry to hear that.

I'm even more upset about Ms. Maxine. My condolences. I know the feeling since losing our"Candy" last September. I was calling every animal grieving group for solace on the planet for several weeks. The only thing that got me out of the slump was finally volunteering for an animal shelter and giving back my time to a whole lot of little homeless critters; that needed love. Low and behold one day I walked in and met Princess Godiva the most beautiful chocolate chihuahau you've ever seen. It helped me get over the pain toute suite.

Congratulations on your incredible success story! We love you Julie! And to all the copycat wannabee admirers out there. Don't they know copycats are not cool. Tell them to figure out their own concepts!

There's only one Julie Powell!

Pia and Princess

6:06 PM  
Blogger bigyst said...

wow, i'm so sorry to hear bout your cat.. interesting story..

7:05 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

I saw the movie Julie/Julia today....Wonderful! It was so great. Did you ever get to meet her?

8:07 PM  
Blogger Reese said...

You know, I am one of these people that can't take lovey/dovey crappo films the way I take in the truth. I read your memoir and saw the film. The film was a cutesy moment shuffled on by Amy Adams and Meryl Streep, but your book was real Julie. I loved it. I am 19, I'll be 20 in a few weeks, and you know what... your book did something for me. You made me shut the effing laptop off, turn off the tv, block all phone calls and grab a 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking' from the public library, and you brought my mother and I some common ground. Yesterday we made a Chocolate Souffle a la Julia Child. Everyone was happy except for my Dad whom I think bestowed a bit of jealousy. But I wanted to leave you this comment, and thank you. My Mother and I have now something to do besides arguing at given cross points, and are going to cook some French recipes.

<33 Maresa Sanchez

PS - I love Maxine.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hmm, I think I see your foray into children's books with a story from your cat's point of view of what it is like to live with a writer/cook...

8:07 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

two short stories you should read:
"Country Cooking From Central France: Roast Boned Rolled Stuffed Shoulder of Lamb (Farce Double)," by Harry Mathews - because it is hilarious and anyone who has taken on a receipe beyond his or her reach will totally get a kick out of, and
"Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant," by Laurie Colwin - because she is like the pre-Julie, only not as sassy or fun.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Liz Harrell said...

Baked cucumbers? That sounds fantastic! And I love what you wrote about your cat. I can understand... I named a blog after my dog for crying out loud.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

A group of us from 8 Women Dream went to see Julie and Julia last night. All of us wanted to eat something cooked by you as soon as the movie ended. We enjoyed the story of you and named you our Inspirational Women of the week. We hope you are enjoying your time in the sun.
Catherine of

9:43 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Julie!
You are a true inspiration!
We are an aspiring food catering business and would like your feedback on our blog. ( have made promotional cooking videos to help promote us. What do you think?
Honeysuckle Catering

10:49 AM  
Blogger Rosey Robles said...

I loved your movie. So glad that you gave a part of your life to us. I consider it a special gift.

10:57 AM  
Blogger giulietta said...

Have you read Dewey the Library Cat by Vicki Myron? You will love it.

I adore cats and I am thrilled that you love cats.

To be honest, I hope you will consider becoming more of a vegan or a vegetarian notwithstanding Julia whose food was totally unhealthy and based on animal suffering for human's pleasure. Just a friendly idea.

Feline Lover from Queens

2:46 PM  
Blogger Father68 said...

Julie any thoughts on "having all the right tools" for cooking? Any suggestions as to what might be the "essentials" for any kitchen. I like to cook but in my vocation time can be an issue. Saw the movie and loved it, good luck. (Less cursing would be nice but I wouldn't press you on it.)

3:51 PM  
Blogger G L Brookover said...

Hi Julie. Just caught the movie this weekend and had a blast! Took husband to my second viewing and he loved it. Congratulations. Your perseverance is inspiring.

I just finished an historic novel and am wrestling with New York amidst a sea of bellowing
writer-wannabes (myself included!) Hubby and I hope to go to France summer 2010. Looking forward to fabulous French cuisine.....mmmmmmm. Can't wait.

Best wishes on your future endeavors! Love the blog and movie!!!!

7:01 PM  
Blogger chelsey. said...

just stopping by to say that i just finished the book, and am excited for your newest to come out this winter. keep doing what you're doing, because you're perfect at it. thanks for all the laughs, and for all the moments i cried with you.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Best Wishes, Marie said...

MONSANTO: The World According to Monsanto is available on U-tube. It is a life altering documentary. Worth watching. Especially if you are using butter, milk, and cream. I would cuss, but ... this is Julie's blog. best wishes, marie
check out ..

8:17 PM  
Blogger MaryFrenchCooker said...

Bonjour tout le monde!
First I want to introduce myself as this is my first comment here. I am Mary, French and I live in France so I am a French cooker indeed!
I read the book Julie&Julia when it was first edited some years ago and I loved it! Last August I was on holiday in New York City so -of course- I have seen the film there (and loved it also) as it will not come out in France before end of September.
My question is: could you please give me the receipe of the pecan cake you describe in the book (the one you made for this theatre player)- Many thanks

5:16 AM  
Blogger Øyvind said...

Hi! My name is Øyvind Holen, and I'm a journalist in D2, the weekly lifestyle magazine supplement for Norway's largest business newspaper, Dagens Næringsliv. Our editorial direction is similar to that of The New York Times Magazine and Wall St. Journal's Pursuits. More info at

I'd really like to talk to you about the movie, so please send me an e-mail on oyvind.holen[at] I am interviewing the actors next week,

5:33 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Loved the movie and the book, but I've gotta say that the original J/J blog that started it all is my favorite.

Anyway, here's a link:

Check it out if you get a chance :)


10:52 AM  
Blogger The Magnet said...

I loved the movie.. I am inspired to do something for myself again.. I identified soo much with your character in the movie.. I hope that this is my chance to find a new beginning too.. Thank You..

11:23 AM  
Blogger Best Wishes, Marie said...

wendy in luxembourg, you need to read the book. julie can "dish" things out. she admits when she posted about the movie that she appears much sweeter in the movie than she actually is. we love her for who she is. sour and all !!! please read the original blog and the book. best wishes, marie

11:43 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

Hi, Julie, I´ve been reading your book and it´s great! I hope the film does justice to that. Congrats.

I´m a blogger as well, and I love cooking, but I don´t have such an ambitious project. I´m just telling my story.

Adam (

12:00 PM  
Blogger Drifter said...

Hi Julie,

Are you there?

3:17 PM  
Blogger Debby Koz said...

Wonkette? You read Wonkette?

54 years old here and a totally different story than yours. I actually met my food goddess -- a very long time ago when she was but a shop keeper in NYC -- but oh what a shop!

When Sheila Lukins died a few days ago, I was sad so I started to write and ended up with a blog of my own. Nothing exciting, something to share with my friends. Thanks for opening the doors -- some of us never woulda thought of it!

6:19 PM  
Blogger The 365 day vegan said...

Hi Julie, I hardly want to steal your thunder but you remind me so much of myself it's a bit frightening (I discovered this only afterwards). I went to go see the movie LOVED IT. And started a vegan blog (yes, I am one of those fucked up people that doesn't eat anything with a face or pulse for that matter) doing 365 recipes for 365 days. It's been 12 days so far and I am ready to throw myself out the window. (seriously).
I saw your movie and thought it would be "fun" yes. I believe that's the word I used when I started "fun" to try it doing vegan dishes. Except to add more challenges to the mix (no pun intended), I was going to "create" my own recipes. Can you feel my pain yet?

I only today bought your book. I thought it could be my "words of encouragement" when I am having a hard time with the whole thing. ONLY to realize that so were you!~huh???? That girl in the movie was NOT you...she seemed to hold the whole thing together quite well. You are more like me... a real person perhaps?

All I can say is I will defend you to the end chica cuz there is NO WAY you are a slacker in any sense of the word. PLEASE. anyone who can prep, cook and write like you every single day deserves all the rewards that were gained afterwards. FUCK all the haters. Seriously, they all wished they thought of it way before you did and they need to get a grip.

My story is I started it thinking I could build up a vegan network of some kind. Not for biz, or a book or anything like that but just to have fun. I am an artist (visual) who happens to like to cook and thought it would be like I said "fun thing to do". OH WELL, committed now. No turning back..all my friends know I am doing it. It's all good I guess... loved it all and I am a fan! All the best...


9:08 PM  
Blogger The 365 day vegan said...

Hi Julie, I hardly want to steal your thunder but you remind me so much of myself it's a bit frightening (I discovered this only afterwards). I went to go see the movie LOVED IT. And started a vegan blog (yes, I am one of those fucked up people that doesn't eat anything with a face or pulse for that matter) doing 365 recipes for 365 days. It's been 12 days so far and I am ready to throw myself out the window. (seriously).
I saw your movie and thought it would be "fun" yes. I believe that's the word I used when I started "fun" to try it doing vegan dishes. Except to add more challenges to the mix (no pun intended), I was going to "create" my own recipes. Can you feel my pain yet?

I only today bought your book. I thought it could be my "words of encouragement" when I am having a hard time with the whole thing. ONLY to realize that so were you!~huh???? That girl in the movie was NOT you...she seemed to hold the whole thing together quite well. You are more like me... a real person perhaps?

All I can say is I will defend you to the end chica cuz there is NO WAY you are a slacker in any sense of the word. PLEASE. anyone who can prep, cook and write like you every single day deserves all the rewards that were gained afterwards. FUCK all the haters. Seriously, they all wished they thought of it way before you did and they need to get a grip.

My story is I started it thinking I could build up a vegan network of some kind. Not for biz, or a book or anything like that but just to have fun. I am an artist (visual) who happens to like to cook and thought it would be like I said "fun thing to do". OH WELL, committed now. No turning back..all my friends know I am doing it. It's all good I guess... loved it all and I am a fan! All the best...


9:10 PM  
Blogger The 365 day vegan said...

ps sorry about your kittie. Christine

9:13 PM  
Blogger MaryFrenchCooker said...

Julie, just want to add that I am completely found of BUFFY aswell. I could spend days and nights watching again an again all the episodes -which I imagine could sounds crasy when being 31 years old-. I do love my boyfriend (yes I do!) but what would happen if SPIKE came and asked to marry me?
Sorry guys if my english is sometimes bad but I am.... French.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Raquel Hirai said...

Hi Julie,
I am sorry for spamming your blog, but I couldn't find your contact info. I work for and would like to know if you are interested in a web chat with your fans in October.
The format of the interview is a live, moderated chat, in which LiveCloud members can submit questions. We currently have 1.2 million members registered on LiveCloud network.
My work e-mail is
Let me know if you are interested in this opportunity, and will definitely provide you with more details.
Thank you!

9:37 AM  
Blogger jenesgems said...

Your book is hilarious. I can just imagine you cooking and blogging...and cooking and blogging. One of my favorite things is how spattered a cookbook can get, shows it has been really used, kind of like the patina on sterling sliver flatware. So, just how spattered and dog-eared is your cookbook?

10:13 AM  
Blogger wylt1383 said...

I just seen the movie and it was great. I have not laughed so much in a long time. It was interesting how the two separate times and events came together quite nicely.. Thank You

2:20 PM  
Blogger Empowering the Goddess said...

I am so sorry about your kitty, I haven't been blogging lately and totaly missed this.
I just went through a hard time with my kitty too. But he's ok now but it's scary and the the thought of losing my baby hurts my heart. So I feel your pain and send you prayers.

5:57 PM  
Blogger The Sabbatical Chef said...

Hi Julie-
I waited a couple of weeks to see the movie and finally couldn't stand it anymore. I loved every second of it. That was helped by having read both your book and Julia's. I love to write and have a monthly column in my city's newspaper- about eating and drinking, of course! I was sitting in the waiting room of my car repair shop the morning my last column came out. I watched two people just ignore my column and read (it seemed) everything BUT my column. Oh well. I loved the scene in the movie where Julie is on the subway while others are reading the paper!

7:47 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...

Loved the movie, can't wait to read your book. First recipe I'm going to try is the Boeuf Bourguignon. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...

Loved the movie, can't wait to read your book. First recipe I'm going to try is the Boeuf Bourguignon. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

7:59 PM  
Blogger loveis said...

Hey Julia, I just made the Beef Bourginon tonight for dinner and it was fabulous. I used the recipe from JC's book, as my husband had a copy that his mother used! Thanks for the inspiring story, and for sharing your experiences with us! Leslie

8:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Dear Julie,

yesterday we see Julie & Julia – wonderfull. Now we are so hungry and cooking „bubaspitzla with filderkraut“ a swabian „mnaaam“

Greetings from Germany from chris and heike

12:40 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Dear Julie,

yesterday we see Julie & Julia – wonderfull. Now we are so hungry and cooking „bubaspitzla with filderkraut“ a swabian „mnaaam“

Greetings from Germany from chris and heike

12:41 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Julie, how are you?
My name is Laura, I'm a journalist from Marie Claire (Brazil), and I've been trying to contact you (regarding an interview of the month that we want to run with you) for a while - now that your book has just been published in Brazil. Hope you get this message! Please write me asap. My email address is
Thank you!

4:59 PM  
Blogger MIchael Peeples said...

Sorry to hear about your cat.

Our Luna passed away on July 21 after nearly 13 years of craziness and cuddling.

The house just isn't quite the same without her.

- Michael

7:49 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I just finished the book the other day. I really enjoyed the chapers on cooking to seduce men. I certainly identify with that! I do that a lot. I must not be a very good cook, as I haven't been very successful.

I'm a as big a fan of Martha Stewart as you are of Julia. I am more of a baker than a cook, though. I decided to make this devil's food cake with mint chocolate ganache for my mom's birthday, today. I'll have to make the ganache part tomorrow, because I'm not willing to stay up any later. My experience reminded me of your many late nights.

P.S. I had too much batter for the cake pans, so I made some additional cupcakes. They just came out, and they are to. die. for!

9:31 PM  
Blogger CarolynA said...

Hi Julie,

I'm reading your book for my book club. We are all a little terrified of using any of Julia's recipes for our meeting. Perhaps instead we will toast you with a couple of gimlets.

Thanks for such an entertaining read.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Julie - I would like to talk to you about the Get Inspired Project. The execution of the project was inspired by your story and the movie. I would love to share with you what we are doing. Please contact me at - thanks!

9:46 AM  
Blogger Pepper said...

Saw the movie last week and loved it!

As a kitty lover with 2 of my own, I'm sorry for your loss.

As a proud Republican, your insults about Republicans probably cost you half of your potential book sales. You lost my potential purchase!

1:32 PM  
Blogger Perpetual Procrastinator said...

Hi Julie!
A good friend of mine read your book more than a year ago after hearing an interview you did on NPR. It’s was her favorite book, she recommended it to me and it became mine too. As I read it I found myself thinking “Wow, other people think that too!” I saw the movie a few weeks ago, it brought a lot of the story to life. I’m a big fan and I wait with anticipation for future publications from Julie Powell!
I’m trying to change my life, have been for a long while. You are an inspiration and I’m trying to archive my achievements and follies in a blog …wish me luck!

2:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Julie, what exactly do you not like about Republicans? After all, they're the ones that protect this country and the sanctity of life.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Soccer Mom said...

Oh come on!...What does a political party have to do with a movie and a book!...Get over it! We are all AMERICANS!..And we all need fun fun fun! So enjoy whatever it is...the book...the movie...the recipes! Never judge a person by their voters registration card!

3:11 PM  
Blogger kristie said...

Hi Julie,

Saw the movie Julia/Julie this afternoon. Not to go into too much detail about myself, it would take forever, so I will be precise and to the point as I can. I don't really think I'm unlike most of us. Wanting to make meaning and purpose of our lives. I have been attempting to continue working at a career that I no longer have passion for but have too many doubts about "really following my heart". I sobbed in the scene when you were at the Smithsonian and laid the butter below Julia's picture and told her you loved her. It was so impactful to me. I left the theater inspired and my spirits high telling myself trust your inner guide (hard at times to sustain that feeling). I am a big believer of synchronicity. When I got home I decided to rewatch the move on DVD "Always". I don't think I've watched it since it's original release so I didn't remember too much of the details. In the movie they had a scene on the TV of the SNL skit with Julia which was the same as in your movie. I call these moments God Winks. We can never know how our own beingness can touch the lives of others. Your own story, touched by Julia's story, has weaved itself and touched my own heart.
So I just want to simply say, thank you.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Kate West Reviews said...

Congratulations on your success in so many different mediums. I've been inspired to dust off those old cookbooks I used to love.

1:31 AM  
Blogger Pepper said...

In reply to Soccer Mom, I agree that politics has no place in this book. Unfortunately Julie brought it up, and that was her mistake. It has and will cost her book sales. Big dumb mistake! Just not smart to insult 50% of the population.

7:23 AM  
Blogger Soccer Mom said...

Hi Pepper,

If we checked out the political party of every author...there wouldnt be a need for authors!..There wouldnt be books sold! Do you have the time to check political parties each time you buy a book? If have too much free time on your hands!...Try cooking...;o) We just have to agree to disagree!..Enjoy your holiday weekend!

7:58 AM  
Blogger Soccer Mom said...

Hi Pepper,

If we checked out the political party of every author...there wouldnt be a need for authors!..There wouldnt be books sold! Do you have the time to check political parties each time you buy a book? If have too much free time on your hands!...Try cooking...;o) We just have to agree to disagree!..Enjoy your holiday weekend!

8:00 AM  
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11:01 AM  
Blogger johnny said...

Piece from Sky Magazine:

11:01 AM  
Blogger Chubby said...

...Sorry for the cats passing...

Anyway, We just watched the movie "Juile and Julia". It was an Awesome movie about two Awesome people! Now going to cook up something from the book. That "Beef in the Oven" Just got back from the store...w/ all the ingreients! We're going to do one receipe every Friday! :-> We're sending you our best: "Bon Appitit'"

7:31 PM  
Blogger Best Wishes, Marie said...

i am so surprised that there is such outrage about swearing and anti-republican

that being said, i do believe it is nice that there are people who feel strongly about non swearing. people need to be active about the things they believe in.

stand up for what you believe. make the world a better place.

this is julie's blog and here, like at her home, she decides. at your house and on your blog you can not swear and express your political views.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Pastor Bob said...

Julie -- what a great movie and true story! I worked in NYC and grew up on Long Island. Traveling on the subway to work everyday! I love to cook and bake as well! Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your life with the world. AND, have lost a few cats over the years. They are such good 'friends' -- and its hard when they pass on. I'll have to find your book and give it a read. I went through the soul searching stage as well in my 30s (I'm now 54).... returned to church and found exactly what I was missing. I have such a fulfilling, rich life now...l wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Hope you find the same. God bless you and all the best to you!

7:35 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

i saw the movie Julie and Julia yesterday and it made me want to cook. I loved the movie but I have a question. Is it true you never got to meet Julia childs. Did she really not like your project cooking all her foods.
I just was wondering. The beef dish was my favorite........

9:05 AM  
Blogger MommyPhD said...

Haven't gotten a chance to read everything written, but loving Julie. Movie was great, book is better. My daughter and I made a Julia cake a la Julie, curse words bleeped out when I didn't do the best job. Thanks for the opportunity since I am not a "real cook," and my daughter came away with the idea that we were.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Best Wishes, Marie said...

check out a story by Russell Hainline. he is upset that the amy adams character was not more like julie powell. i agree. i would love to have seen the roar of julie on the big screen. i told him off! best wishes, marie

6:00 PM  
Blogger christina said...

Hi, my name's Christina. I'm sixteen years old and I've just started reading your book "Julie & Julia". I have to say, you and I are alike in many ways. I guess I'll discover more as I get further into the book. So...

1)I'm sorry for the loss of your cat. I just lost my calico kitten not that long ago. It's heartbreaking.

2)I'd like to thank you for being an inspiration. I'm doing an insane project myself and I made a blog too ( You're living proof that anything is possible. Thanks! <3

6:00 PM  
Blogger debalew said...

So, I didn't love the movie. I thought your blog start to finish, which I read about 3-4 weeks ago, was hysterically more funny than the movie. I thought they would have been able to work more of your "personality" into the final cut. It was interesting to see the parallels in your life to Julia's. Glad you and your husband made it through that year unscathed - not sure we could have done the same. Best of luck with everything in your life.

6:06 PM  
Blogger The Fledgling Basement Foodie said...

Julie, you are the reason why I started my own blog a week ago. It's called My Daily Dalliances with Food. Fledgling indeed. But it feels so great to flex my creative muscles and frankly sometimes just outright bitch to cyberspace. I saw the movie for the second time today and bought the book which I read from the library already. Besides getting a full-time job and not being a poor university grad, I wish for nothing more than to meet you and thank you in person:)

7:33 PM  
Blogger Best Wishes, Marie said...

about the republican line(s), julie was working when she blogged and wrote the book. liberal or rebulican, kudos that she was not on public assistance.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Loved your movie! My hubby and I just saw it tonight. When you were making one of your scrumptious deserts in the film, my husband whispers to me, "You need to make that!" I was a little upset that he didn't take into account ALL the stuff that's been on my proverbial plate: working full-time and suffering some physical ailments since 2006, but I just sucked it up and said, "I am sorry I am not culinarily (is that a word?) skilled. I will make something Thai tomorrow!" He seemed pleased with my small effort. You are an inspiration for anyone who has aspirations to cook or accomplish anything they set their mind to. P.S. Sorry about your cat. God bless, Jeralynn

8:53 PM  
Blogger Meadow said...

I just bought your book a couple of days ago. The first day I read 114 pages that's how interesting it got. A true page turner. Thank you for the NYC Queens humor. I thought that your brothers nickname "Heathcliff" reminded of a cat cartoon which I use to love to watch back in the 80's.

I hope you write other books because Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen is keeping me entertained and cheerful.

Thanks Julie

9:30 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I want to read the Julie & Julia project blog, where is it?


8:13 AM  
Blogger Craft Accident said...

Stop rocking so hard! You are making me envious!

12:59 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Loved the movie. It was fantastic! I saw it while my family of boys saw GI Joe. It was great to know that there are other women out there that feel like I do. Can't wait to try the beef Bourguignonne and the cucumbers!! Thanks!

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julie! Please don't mind that I'm calling you Julie, as though we've known each other for years. I just saw Julie & Julia and it was amazing. So damn inspiring. I have now resolved to read every single word you've ever written. Oh, I hope the movie was accurate. They so often aren't, you know.

I'm so sorry for your loss, by the way. I hate not having anything more meaningful or helpful to say.

6:50 PM  
Blogger barb said...

Loved the movie and like you am a huge fan of JC. In my family food runs in our blood.
We are doing a girls weekend with 2 generations of women and decided to do a Julia Child night.
I am in charge of the menu - any suggestions? Would love you thoughts.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Sharon McGrail said...

Julie, I just saw the movie, and am just now reading your blog, for the first time. I am not sure, exactly how the movie does not match you, and I can imagine that would be bothersome, but, the movie was beautiful, and really moved me to tears, so, know that you did cause something beautiful, even if it wasn't an accurate depiction of you. It was a very moving film, and I do believe it must have captured the essence of who you are, and what your life it about; the essence. It inspired and motivated me to further pursue my own expression regarding food, and I can tell from reading your blog, it's done so, for so many others, as well. I really appreciate what you did; it caused and created so much. Thank you.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

I asked my husband to take me to see the movie this weekend and I loved it. he actually did too. No blowing up , or people being killed.

I remember watching Julia Child on TV as a child and thinking how can you have accomplished this!!
My dad and grandfather were great cooks. Never a recipe just did it from memory. Even though they were French Basque they never did anything as detailed as french Cooking.
I love to cook but never tried anything from her books. My hats off to you for accomplishing this!!!

7:12 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

A confession: we snuck food into the theater when we went to see your movie. About halfway through, I pulled out --you guessed it! -- creme brulee, and we loved eating something so luscious while thinking about good food.

So now my 71-year-old mom, my francophile husband, my 17- and 16-year-old daughters, my sister, my 11-year-old niece, and I (who am ageless) have this fun memory to add to a very long list of others.

Oh, and another tiny, amusing thing: we live in Abilene, Texas, and when the line your movie-mom delivers about Abilene and "he won that pie-eating contest there" was said, the audience roared! Very fun, non-re-create-able moment!

Thanks and best wishes!
Karen Cukrowski

9:30 AM  
Blogger Nichola B said...

So sorry to hear about your cat; pets enrich our lives so much and the loss of one can sometimes be unbearable.

I do wish to congratulate you on the success of your book and the movie. I can't wait for the next book to come out - have it pre-ordered on Amazon.

I'm actually going to try a few of the recipes in MtAoFC soon - wish me luck!


10:40 AM  
Blogger MizTiz said...

may i tell you please...saw the movie and it = adorable. it did. i am now reading your book. HOLY FUCKBALLS! your book and you so completely trump the movie and amy adams. why oh why oh why do hollywood mucky mucks feel the urge to dumbdown and nice-ify everything? they thought giving her darker hair would edge her? yikes.

what's wrong with a little anarchy now and then?

please tell me you made assloads of money because...

you = amazing.


4:59 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Interested in the latest "something for a year" blog? Check out my new blog Muffin Monday where I share marvelous muffins with the world.

7:57 PM  
Blogger healing compulsive guy said...

I have to say that I just saw "Julie and Julia" last night (the movie, of course) and I LOVED IT! I've been feeling down-in-the-dumps lately and it gave me just what I needed, that little...oh, you know what I mean. Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing your book and thanks to Nora Ephron for making it into such a lovely, charming movie. Charming...that's the word that comes to mind. How many movies can be called "charming" these days!

9:02 PM  
Blogger healing compulsive guy said...

I have to say that I just saw "Julie and Julia" last night (the movie, of course) and I LOVED IT! I've been feeling down-in-the-dumps lately and it gave me just what I needed, that little...oh, you know what I mean. Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing your book and thanks to Nora Ephron for making it into such a lovely, charming movie. Charming...that's the word that comes to mind. How many movies can be called "charming" these days!

9:04 PM  
Blogger Lynellia said...

Dear Julie,

yesterday a friend of mine and I saw "Julie and Julia" in the cinema.
It is verry funny! We love it!
While the closing credits we decided to try some of the recieps.
So, I ordered Julia Childs «Mastering the Art of French Cooking».
I hope, it will come soon....
Of course it's in english, but we'll *master* it! (I hope so!;-))
Greetings from Germany!

9:32 AM  
Blogger Costumegirl said...

Hooray, at last the movie is released in England! Went to see a preview screening earlier today. The official release date is Sept 11th, quite apt I thought after the opening shots of "Julie" walking past the 9/11 site in the film.

Very enjoyable Amy Adams does a great job as Julie, I did get a little distracted the fact that Meryl Streep was obviously standing on a box for most of the shots to give her extra height a la Julia Child - and you very rarely see her feet!

But all in all a most enjoyable way to spend the afternoon.

Congratulations to all involved.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Paloma Rodrigues said...

Hi Julie!

I just read your book, and I have to say it's fantastic!!!!

I don't know if you'll read this, but you inspired me to start my own project. It is as if you were my Julia =)

No, I won't be cooking French food. What I'll do is the following: I'm going to spend more than a year blogging reviews after reading every
single book that Stephen King wrote that has been adapted to a movie.


A bit silly, perhaps.

Well. Just wanted to say you inspired me. Thank you! Kisses!

ps.: Did you liked the movie?

ps2.: So sorry about your cat =/

11:46 AM  
Blogger Winnie said...

Hi Julie!

I'd like to interview you for a story I'm writing on cooking and how food prep can add or detract from longterm relationships. Can you e-mail me your contact info so we can set up an appointment? I'm a journalist currently going to Columbia and writing for a new food Web site called NY Food Chain that will be going up next week.



2:18 PM  
Blogger Lora said...

Sorry about your cat ;-( Love ratatouille - we just called it “granny veggies” before the cartoon came out - LOL. Must try baked cucumber as soon as humanly possibly ;-) Loved movie! I’m 38 and can appreciate the need to do “something” unique and very glad you found yours.

4:58 AM  
Blogger Dani said...


You are now a Big-Deal author (as you stated yourself), and as such, I am curious if you would be interested in participating in a literary festival in Spokane, Washington. You can find out more info about the festival at But basically, we've been around for 11 years and have hosted authors like Kurt Vonnegut, Sarah Vowell, and David Sedaris. I coordinate the festival and would love to invite you talk about writing/blogging/all that's happened to you in the past few years. You can email me at if you are interested.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Locke Whetham said...

JULIE! While I did enjoy the movie, seriously, I kept asking myself, "Why did Nora (love how I too refer to her by her first name) do . . . [insert a million things here.]

Like the first dish Amy Adams made-- the chocolate cream pie-thing-- WTF? You made potato-leek casserole! It was IMPORTANT! I realize soup is not as food-pornish as chocolate cream pie, but metaphorically, it was very Julia. And the day you made it, when you found out about the baby stuff-- how was that NOT a tie-in to the movie-Julia's yearnings for children?

But anyway, YOU wrote it, you know what I'm talking about. Your friends, even your relationship with Eric, was totally changed. And while I DID like the movie, I did question a lot of Nora's changes.

SO there.

LOVE YOU. Love your writing. Can't wait-- seriously-- for your book on marriage and marrow!

10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished Julie & Julia and LOVED it. It was great. :) Unfortunately I live at an overseas military base and haven't gotten to see the movie yet, but I'm more of a book person anyway, so I'm good. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

11:30 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

I think you, yourself, are a force of nature. Your book, very inspiring, and I like the swearwords because there's nothing like a good curse sometimes to get all the shat out, you know? But I have two kids now, so sometimes, I have to go in the garage, cuss like a sailor to the dogs for a minute, then return into the house. Although, my 4 and 5 year old know what shat and fack really mean, and they have also learned to swear in french, which they think is acceptable... althought they, thankfully, won't swear anywhere but home,whatever.
Sorry for the loss of your cat, losing an animal is hearbreaking, but I like how you think eternity is lived on in people's heads.
Thanks again for the inspiring book.

9:47 AM  
Blogger MerylFan013 said...

Hi, Julie. I am 13 1/2 yrs. old, and I live in Cali. I'm reading your book, Julie and julia, and I LOVE it!!1 I can't put it down!!! Thanks !!! you're awesome!!! i saw the movie, btw. gr8 story. I love meryl streep. i freaked out when i saw her name in ur book. lol. i really like her, tho. she;s inspired me to bcome an actress. :D. thnx again for a gr8 storyy. :)))) god bless u.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say that I love to read your blog. Thanks so much for making me laugh.

6:32 AM  
Blogger Karen C. Nolan said...

Hey There, Julie,
Just came to the part in your book where you refer to comforting the families of Sept. 11 victims as "emotional shit work." That was it for me. And, just to try to pry your narrow mind open a little, Republicans DO wear vintage and a good many of us are tattooed and like to say fuck. A lot. You're nasty, Julie, and your book suffers for it.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Rainy Day said...

I'm not surprised JC didn't like the blog. I didn't like the book either, and considered it a waste of money. I can never see anyone whining over being twenty-nine going on thirty. Big deal! And then more whining about a crappy job. There are far worse things to be doing than office work. All the self-indulgent whining was sickening. Julia Child was a great person and the author was just a whiner who hitched her wagon to Julia's star. I read many so-so reviews of the movie. Many say the only good parts were the ones about JC and the rest was a yawner. I believe them, and this time I'll save my money! Just send Julie a crying towel and be done with the whole thing!

2:16 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Liked - no loved the movie - big kiss from me and b/f - he loved it too

3:47 PM  
Blogger jenesgems said...

Unfortunately, your book was a let down. I can see why they changed so many things in the movie. It sounds like you live in squalor with three cats. I can only imagine them jumping from the litter box to the kitchen counter and table where you were cooking. The exerpt about maggots in your sink was disgusting. The producers of the flick did a great service to you and will help you sell more books. Bravo!

5:51 PM  
Blogger Soccer Mom said...

As a child, I was taught...not to say anything unless it was something nice. We are all entitled to our opinions..this is America...but...while posting your opinions...please use some class.

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Julie, I know this is totally irelevant...but my ever so fab husband and I just took our 15 year old foodie to see the J & J. HE LOVED IT and thinks you are the neatest thing since sliced bread and key lime torte.
Prior to this he decided to use his grad money to buy Julia's book, and now wants to read yours....We are thrilled. Thank you soooo much for doing all this it is amazing. I can't wait to show him your actual blog....he will be so excited.

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Julie, I know this is totally irelevant...but my ever so fab husband and I just took our 15 year old foodie to see the J & J. HE LOVED IT and thinks you are the neatest thing since sliced bread and key lime torte.
Prior to this he decided to use his grad money to buy Julia's book, and now wants to read yours....We are thrilled. Thank you soooo much for doing all this it is amazing. I can't wait to show him your actual blog....he will be so excited.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Biting Cloud said...

Hi Julie -

I noticed you started your challenge on August 25...Is there a special reason? I ask because that's my birthday and I'm wondering if it's yours too?

Sometimes we're pushed to do some crazy, wonderful things on a bad birthday. Trust me - I know.

12:42 AM  
Blogger Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

HI, Julie, just saw the movie yesterday & loved it! It's always great to see a normal person make it to the bigscreen & I'm sure you must be thrilled. Great movie & a perfect afternoon. I learned a lot about Julia Child from the movie too, which was a big plus.

I cook too, although not to that level & watching you cook up that beef dish made me want to try it too. Not sure I'm up for it! Just wanted to say hello & tell you what an inspiring movie it is. I may have to read your book now! :)

1:03 PM  
Blogger Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, I was disappointed that all your cooking posts were taken down at your original blog. Would have loved to have perused all of those too!

1:04 PM  
Blogger Nanette said...

Hey Julie! Just wanted to say that I read and finished your book last weekend. I loved it! Could NOT put it down, girl!! I am hoping to see the movie today but I know it won't be as good (or maybe it will...we'll see!) Anyway, sorry about your kittie...just wanted to drop a line here to tell you I'm a fan and will be following your blog from here on out. I was so glad to find that you are still writing. That is awesome! :) Take care! Nan

2:14 PM  
Blogger Snow Day said...

I didn't really care for the book and I think I may pass on the movie. Julie seemed a little too hysterical and self-absorbed. It sounds like her husband was a saint for putting up with such erratic behavior. He's a keeper!

5:02 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Just finished your book and it was a great laugh and truly inspiring. I am a receptionist at a health care facility, and I have a theatre degree and I sometimes feel like, what the fuck am I doing with my life??? I love to cook myself being that my mom taught me the best. Tonight I am making beef bourguignon, however, sometimes I really can't even understand the freakin instructions. I totally know what you are talking about with all the dishes. Bless Eric's heart.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Chester Ramey said...

I just returned from seeing your movie tonight! Awesome! Both you and Julia's life stories help to inspire others.

I have been in the restaurant business for 30 years next month! (mostly as server). I have started (but not finished--as most things in my life [sound familiar? lol])writing a book about how guests at a restaurant can receive great service by their actions or inactions (how the customer's behavior effects the staff and mgmt. of a restaurant).

I also want to start a regional historical tour guide service. Unlike you and Julia Childs, I have no spouse to support/encourage me along the way. Some self-confidence issues have gotten in the way.

As I said, both you and Julia's stories have helped confirm that the above items is what I should and are meant to do with my life. Someone recently suggested that I start a blog and after watching the film, I think I will have a go at it!

Congratulations on your success and I wish you all the best.

9:56 PM  
Blogger Jade DaRu said...

Hi Julie, I'm so sorry about your kitty. I hope you and Eric are doing okay.

I just finished your book and I LOVED IT! I was very entertained and inspired. I started my own blog recently.

I just made the baked cucumbers. They came out lovely, but I think I must get an oven thermometer as my cucumbers browned a bit and Julia says they should not really color. And you are right....the liver with mustard AWESOME. Made that last night.

Anyway, wishing you all the best. Thanks for the inspiration.


11:01 PM  
Blogger mary jo said...

Julie, I just had to contact you to tell you that I have a new found respect for you! After reading your book (loved it and tell everyone I talk to about it), seeing the movie, loved that also but not as much as your book, I have been trying some recipes from MtAoFC, much to my husbands pleasure, and yesterday I made the fine dish of Beouf Bourgiugnon! 5 1/2 hours from start to table?? and I cheated by using store bought beef stock!! OMG! It was delish, but..... and I did this on a Sunday....I cannot beleive you did this after WORK...EVERYDAY...for a YEAR!!! God Bless you! You deserve to make millions from this idea! Thank you for all the entertainment!!! and Congrats! Mary Jo O'Toole

7:46 AM  

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