Friday, August 07, 2009

Today's the Day!

That's right.... it's what we've all been waiting for..... The Opening of G.I. Joe! Who's psyched?!!!

Kidding. Yeah, J&J opens today. I'm not sure what I'm going to do to celebrate. Last night I made Julia's Coq au Vin for the first time in, honestly, years. It was fantastic, and purple (Eric's comment - "That whole year just sticks out in my mind as so... purple"), and we ate at 11 at night. It was very Project. Today, no cooking. And no watching J&J - I've seen it six times by now, and at this point, sweet as it is, it's like beating my head against a board. Dinner out, I think. Prune, perhaps? On a Friday night, I don't much like my chances, maybe I can pull a "Do you know who I am?" deal. But probably not.


Blogger Robert Hudson said...

Hey, you might not remember me, but we sat next to each other on a Mediabistro panel back in December '06 ("Blogger to Author"). Anyway, I just wanted to drop you a note and say congratulations on the movie and on your continued success. I've read so much good press, and it makes me crazy happy to see you in the middle of it all. I hope you're enjoying at least some of this! Best wishes for continued success, I'm really looking forward to the new book.

-- RRH

8:12 AM  
Blogger margot said...

happy movie day!

8:12 AM  
Blogger @sergialtadill said...

Hi Julia, I'm from Barcelona (Spain) and I'm in NY for one month, but this month finish the next week... Yesterday night (00:01) I went to the theater to watch J&J.. it was so funny, I love it. In Spain this movie is going to start the 2nd of octuber, so the spanish people have to wait, hahaha.
I write to you becuase in september I want to start a new web of interviews, because I'm studing journalism. and it's like your blog but with intervies to a lot of people, and I would like that you are one of this interview.

Please tell me something

8:36 AM  
Blogger Caroline in the City said...

I think your movie is going to do Blogger a lot of good business! Lots of people will start blogs to ideally lead to successful books and movies or just blog for the fun of it.

8:36 AM  
Blogger I Am A Librarian said...

"maybe I can pull a 'Do you know who I am?' deal"

You most certainly deserve the right to do this!

8:37 AM  
Blogger Abiola said...

Congrats!!! Author to Author-- I am inspired. xoxox

8:38 AM  
Blogger coffeewoman said...

Congrats, Julie (and Eric)!!! I've been following since almost the beginning - what an incredible ride, and what an inspiration to this government worker.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Robert Crane said...

today's the day all right. some of us have movie premiers, while others have colonoscopies.

but seriously, you go ahead and enjoy yours!

(ps: may i suggest my brothers restaurant, Po, on Cornelia in the Village?)

8:59 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Awesome! Big day! It must feel surreal. I read the book--loved it--and I plan on seeing the movie tomorrow :) Congrats.

9:01 AM  
Blogger esusan94 said...

You should go out to dinner with your sweetie and then show up at the movies. Are you able to go without a body guard? :) LOL Enjoy this time.

9:07 AM  
Blogger rt said...


9:07 AM  
Blogger julie4evert said...

I'm back after being absent for over a year. I feel so strongly about this that I had to comment as I did a year ago when I was disspaointed in the book being political and I decided not to read it any further.
I'm watching The View right now and Nora Effron was on. Why does this woman think we care to hear about Julia Child's sex life? How mortifying for this poor woman who is dead. I refuse to go see this movie. It's sad someone with a little deceny couldn't of been the one who had wrote this blog than maybe the Movie would of done with respect for Julia Child.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Robert Crane said...

uh oh ...

9:13 AM  
Blogger Julie Powell said...

Cranelegs - your brother runs Po? I love that place! Haven't been in a while... I wound up just getting regular reservations at Prune....

Julie - fascinating. I have a hard time my head around the notion that being depicted as a life-loving, hearty, sexually satisfied woman of power is disrespectful. But difference of opinion is what makes horse races, I guess.... I think it's more respectful to celebrate the amazing Julia Child by showing all her glorious humanity, rather than stuffing her back in a "respectful" book. But that's just me.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Jerry Ann said...

I am a late joiner...but have really enjoyed your blog. I need to read the book, but I am excited about seeing the movie.

Have a great dinner out!
Jerry Ann

9:28 AM  
Blogger heathermacwilliams said...

Julie, I just finished reading your book and want you to know what an inspiration you are to me in so many ways. I only wish I thought of your idea first! I am going out to buy the cookbook this afternoon and can not wait to watch the movie. Much luck on your continued success and I will eagerly await the publication of your new book. xo heather

9:29 AM  
Blogger bella said...

Is this movie going to make me hungry?

9:36 AM  
Blogger jodi said...

The whole family is excited to go see the movie. My kids have been watching the movie trailer online and now my youngest (5 years old) is running around say "Bon Appetite". It is quite funny hearing it come out of her mouth. Congratulations and enjoy!


9:41 AM  
Blogger Margo Dill said...

Hi Julie,
I am reading Julie and Julia and loving it. I am writing a book review for next Sunday's News-Gazette (Champaign, IL), and I am looking for a jpeg of you to include in the article. I have a jpeg of your book cover from Little, Brown site. Anyway, do you have one or have someone I could contact? Thanks for any help. Sorry to contact you through your blog. My email: margodll [at] aol [dot] com.

Margo Dill

9:48 AM  
Blogger nicolasandjulia said...

HI, Julie! I LOVED your book. Huge inspiration! Seeing the movie tonight! Enjoy your day in the sun.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am trying to finish your book before I see the movie. I am loving it. I am blind so I tend to speed up the speech. I keep having to go back and slow down. It is good to have something or someone to slow me kown. I am going to get brave one of these days and try my luck at real French cooking.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Kim in the Kitchen said...

I knew I was a total goober when the trailer for J&J made me tear up. I loved the book and have been looking forward to the movie for a while now. Can't wait to see it! Congratulations!

10:38 AM  
Blogger Sandi said...

Congratulations!!! I am also quite excited to see J&J. It has been a long time comming.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

This is seriously the movie I have been most excited about ALL summer! I can't wait to go tonight- I wish I had taken the day off to go earlier! Congrats again, and I agree you can TOTALLY pull off a "do you know who I am???" if they don't immediately recognize you (which they should!). Good luck!

10:49 AM  
Blogger Krystal said...

What a wonderful turn for your wonderful ride. I'm really looking forward to this movie and very glad to stumble upon your blog.

Good luck to you Julie.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yay for the movie because it enabled me to (finally) pick up your book in the godforsaken Dayton airport. (BTW when it was time to board, this is how they let us know: the gate agent walked over to the bar and said, not very loudly, to all three of us sitting there, "Hey, anyone going to Philly, the plane is boarding." That was the only announcement.)

So anyhow I don't usually write fan mail to random memoirists, but I read the book and thought two things: 1) "Gabba, gabba, one of us..." and 2) "Julia Child is the new Elvis."

It felt like you took my spot in NYC when I left. I temped my way through NYC in the mid 90's. Left in 2000 but get back occasionally because my brother lives in Briarwood, Queens. And can't imagine that anything less than taping a TV appearance at my house would've caused me to miss "Chosen" when it first aired.

Read some of the reviews for the movie and it made me think of the film "Adaptation" because it's about an attempt to film a story that's mainly about what's going on in people's heads -- you can't really do it. It sounds like Nora compensated by sticking in the Julia origin story, which has mythical, quasi-religious weight (partly in thanks to you), plus a movie star.

In in my head, the Julia scenes in the movie should have that fuzzy white frame around them that are supposed to indicate that they happen in an alternate dimension. And Julia and Paul would have glittering golden skin and sequinned outfits. I bet that bit got left out.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Babette said...

Read your blog for the first time today...and because of your comment about those who hate you, I had to google for myself and find out exactly why some do indeed hate you? For what it is worth...ridiculous I say! To those food bloggers that despise you... what kind of commitment did you make to cooking or to an icon like Julia..other than to write a blog..and then hate on others when notoriety shows up for them! They don't really hate you Julie...they hate themselves for not having the heart and soul to TRY! I loved the movie. This world needs to learn more about people who believed in you. And even when you seemed to get lost for a few, you held up to your commitment anyway. So forget about the haters...bask in the beauty of your triumph and for having the guts to put it all out there. There will always be critics sweetheart!

11:17 AM  
Blogger Addie said...

What an exciting day! Glad you and Eric had a nice, quiet, late dinner to celebrate. :)

Here's the story that will run in tomorrow's Austin American-Statesman:

And your folks were kind enough to let me back in the house to take a photo of their fridge for the "What's in Your Fridge Friday" feature on my blog:

Fear not, your mom says she'll have Diet Pepsi for you when you return to Austin this weekend...

Soak today in!

11:21 AM  
Blogger Becca said...


You should have stayed political???

The only person with little decency seems to be you…never watched Bambi did ya?

need to run it is five o clock somewhere...happy weekend Julie P

11:24 AM  
Blogger Lisa's Cocina said...


I read your book when it first came out and loved it, and when I heard a movie was coming out based on the book, I was beyond excited. I was able to see a screening of it about 2 weeks ago, and I absolutely LOVED it. Congratulations on all of your success!

12:12 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I'm going to see your movie tonight after work! I can't wait!!

12:16 PM  
Blogger Ellen Kimball said...

Hi Julie,

I'm a 70 year old broadcaster now living in Portland, Oregon. I've been reviewing movies since 1971, as one of the first women to do call in radio talk shows in Miami and Boston.

I saw the movie at a preview this week and thought it was outstanding. My review will give it an "A" on Ellen's Entertainment Report Card (late because I had some medical tests this week).

Nora Ephron blended the two stories just right, and all the acting was excellent. Just ignore the nay-sayers here and elsewhere. I've been blogging since last year and was on forums for four years before that. There are always people who want to try and ruin your success. People have all kinds of agendas and viewpoints when they go to movies. That can't be helped.

Regarding the OPINION about learning of an older woman's sex life... well, I can tell you that lots of people are curious about that. I dated Larry King but didn't marry him. Of course, he didn't ask me. I took over his radio show in 1971 when he was arrested. I can tell you that many people want to know about THAT adventure and I write about it in my blog!

Isn't it always the people who DON'T read your book (or don't finish it) and DON'T WANT to see the movie who make the biggest noises? I can never understand that at all! What a bunch of hogwash!

I might add that I'm not a cook, and am on a low cholesterol diet, but last night, I bought some butter and grilled some fish in it with lemon, salt and pepper. Delicious!

I used to work for the City of New York in the 1960s -- lived in Manhattan 1962-69. It was fun to see the exteriors in the movie and also the period work when Julia was in France. I totally love Meryl Streep AND Stanley Tucci. They were both amazing!

Warm regards,

Ellen Kimball
Portland, OREGON

12:21 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Today was the day we had been waiting for! Just saw the movie, teenage daughter and son wanted to see it, too! Am enjoying reading the book, AND we picked up Julia's cookbooks on the way home to whip something French up this weekend! Bon Appetit and thank you! Congrats!

12:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Just got back from seeing the movie and had to comment and congratulate you! It was truly wonderful and inspiring, to say the least. And if anyone should get to use the "do you know who I am" comment, you certainly deserve it today. :)

1:10 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Congratulations on your movie. It opened here in little Coweta Co GA today to a full theater. I loved it. The audience loved it. Best wishes going foward.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Art said...

A Wonderful Story - well told - Congrats.

1:25 PM  
Blogger bullina said...

Saw the movie today. It was great. Congrats.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Kukla said...

I just came back from seeing J & J, and I have to say -- one of the most entertaining couple of hours I've spent in a long time! Brilliant movie, very well done!
My hubby is planning on taking me to the movie next week, but I couldn't resist 'sneaking' out & seeing it today! Lucky me, cause I get to see it again...
Congrats on your past successes -- including deboning a duck -- and best wishes in all your future endeavours!

1:36 PM  
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1:41 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I just returned from seeing Julie & Julia. This was by far one of the most entertaining films I've seen in a LONG time. Such an inspiring film. Went as a viewer,left as a fan. Well done :)

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot wait to see the movie! Your book has been an inspiration (I am sure you have heard that a lot...but I also bet it never gets tired of hearing!) Anyway, best of luck and I can't wait for your next book and movie!

1:42 PM  
Blogger Kukla said...

I just got back from seeing J & J today and I have to say, BRILLIANT! Very well done, most entertaining couple of hours I've had in a long time...
Hubby is planning on taking me to the movie next week, but I just HAD to 'sneak' out and see it on opening day. Lucky me, because I get to see it -- at the very least! -- twice!
Congrats to you on all your past successes (deboning a duck??) and all your future endeavours!

1:43 PM  
Blogger meridith said...

i loved your book it inspired me to go on and read julia child's "my life in france" and to have an even deeper appreciation and respect for her than i'd had before. i love your project and can totally to the feelings that lead up to your doing it. ignore the naysayers, they don't get it and never will. who cares. we get and thank you for giving us 9-5 office drones some hope and for letting a new generation learn about the magical charm of julia child. enjoy this moment!

1:47 PM  
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1:49 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Hi Julie & Eric! Just finished watching "the movie". Wonderful! Inspiring! Loved every minute of it. I'm ashamed to admit I haven't read the book yet, but will do so shortly.

Have a wonderfully private, romantic dinner together!

1:51 PM  
Blogger Kukla said...

Oh, BTW......
Your book is sold out EVERYWHERE! I even went to the library -- only to find out there are 15 people ahead of me!
That kind of stuff just doesn't happen here (Barrie, Ontario, Canada!)
Keep it goin' Girl!

2:04 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Just saw the movie. Loved it. Meryl Streep, and Amy Adams were great. As were Stanley Tucci and Jane Lynch. 2 Thumbs up.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Julie Powell said...

Don't forget Chris Messina. I, personally, think Chris Messina is ADORABLE and should become an instant megastar.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Meghan said...

Hi Julie,

I haven't seen the movie yet, just finished the book...*insert fan babble here* Though really, I recently stepped down to part time in my dead-end retail job, essentially to follow who I want to be and have time to cook amazing food. My fiancé brought home your book for me this week, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for giving all of us "not quite thirty"somethings a good read we can relate to!


2:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

As a 28 year old female, I wanted to thank you for having the courage and commitment to make change in your life. I don't know you, and only know you in the context of your blog here and how you were portrayed in the movie, but I think your message/story/life is an encouraging and empowering one. As Gandhi said “Be the change you want to see in the world.” And you have.... Thank you for staying strong through the difficult times as we all know they exist, and relishing in the joyful times. Now comes a question for myself.... what do I want to do?

--Jill (8th grade science teacher in MN)

2:38 PM  
Blogger Sharon Leaf said...

Took my hubby to see J&J--loved it. We laughed a lot. Congratulations!

2:43 PM  
Blogger tammyd said...

I just got out of the wonderful J&J movie and I grinned like a goon through the whole thing! Being a girl who is a lover of food and cooking, old enough to remember watching Julia, and have fun writing the occasional humorous was a match made in heaven! My mother AND my daughter were with was the perfect outing for us to enjoy together! By the way, the lady down the way that was commenting about it not treating Ms. Child with respect....are you kidding? I came away with a whole NEW respect for her and loved the bliss it portrayed she found with her husband of all those years. And the parallels it showed in your lives. My gosh! It made me love her zest! (Not speaking of the lemon Here's wishing the same continued happiness for you and yours! was wonderful.

2:49 PM  
Blogger shelly said...

Am I hungry, inspired to write, or cook? I will make up my mind later. I loved the movie.....but I have to know....did Julia Child really never read the blog......??

2:49 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yes Julie, Chris Messina was great too. :) (Sorry I left him out earlier. No disrespect to Chris).

2:56 PM  
Blogger kat evans said...

Your story is truly inspiring.
As a 30-ish gal myself, I can
totally relate to the battle of
trying to find your true self in
the midst of responsibility and
and the daily grind. What you
sought out to do for yourself
has brought at your doorstep
a tidal wave of well deserved
recognition for your creativity
and courage. Just as Julia has
inspired you, thank you for
inspiring us. I'm now off to
buy some butter. :o9

2:58 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Tweedie said...

G.I. Joe vs. Julie & Julia - the ultimate show-down. I find a wee bit of irony in G.I. Joe apparently starting off in France and taking down the Eiffel Tower - its like they took this movie competition a bit too seriously. Really over the top! Men aren't known for their subtlety though, are they?

I'll be seeing both tonite. I have no choice. I've been following your blog, read your book and literally counting the days til the movie release.

Brendan Fraser has a cameo in G.I. Joe. You can see my dilemma!!

3:12 PM  
Blogger gisela said...

dear Julie,
I'm a journalist from Brazil and I live in Brooklyn. I'm writing a story on the movie for the Brazilian magazine 'JP' ( and I was wondering if you would be interested in being interviewed for the article. Let me know the best way to reach you. My email is giselagueiros at hotmail. I'd be happy to tell you more about it.
Thank you so much,

3:24 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Julie,
I just saw the movie and it was fabulous! I was in tears of laughter! Everyone was raving about it as they walked out of the theater. I am going to listen to the audio book. I can't wait. Congratulations!

3:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My best friend and I just got back from watching J/J and we read your book this past week! It was endearing and beautiful and congrats times ten! I hope that you were happy with the end result, I loved how it captured the essence of NY and Paris so beautifully! You are an inspiration to two up and coming bloggers!!

Best Wishes,

4:02 PM  
Blogger trying not to sell dreams for small desires said...

i just saw the film..thank you for inspiring me to cook..i got home and made a delicious pasta(ok, so i'm taking little steps)...i think my fast food days are numbered....i'm in love with cooking again...thanks julie...and julia!

4:17 PM  
Blogger Foodluver said...

Dear Julie, I loved your book and loved the movie!
It couldn't have been any better. I read your book and Julia's, 'My Life In Paris' and I thought that the movie remained true to the story line of both books. Thanks so much for writing this wonderful book and introducing Julia Child to a whole new generation! Bask in the limelight, you so deserve it! :)

P.S. Here's to another book--toot sweet!

4:19 PM  
Blogger CV said...

Hi Julie,

I'd honestly never heard of J&J until I saw the trailer, but I'm now so thrilled for the movie and to get a copy of your book! My birthday is on Monday, and as a treat, I'm going to see J&J, I can't wait!

I wish you all the best, and can't wait to see what you're up to next!


4:30 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Congratulations, Julie!!

4:34 PM  
Blogger Ingrid Edwards said...

I just got home from the movie with my 13 year old son. We both LOVED it. I just bought the book! It was so inspiring for me to see as a new writer. Congrats and thank you!

West Michigan Fan

4:35 PM  
Blogger dennis said...

Just returned from the movie with my wife. We both loved it. Are ready to by the book and read it plus more cookbooks

4:46 PM  
Blogger Suzie Ridler said...

I'm leaving in just a few minutes to go to see "you" in the theatre and can hardly wait!

4:53 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

wowits actually Julie Powell!

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I learned about YOUR movie seeing a poster at a movie theater downtown Seattle in June. It caught my eye.

In July I found your audio-book at the Library. My husband and I listened to it on a road trip to Glacier National Park. We enjoyed it so much. We are nature enthusiasts, but I have to admit we couldn't wait to get into the car and listen.....between stops.

TODAY, Aug. 7 we went to see YOUR MOVIE at the 11:00 a.m. show in Lakewood, WA. We enjoyed it, it reinforced our love for one another, food and the idea to LIVE Your Idea, rather than letting them go. YOU DID IT!!!!


4:57 PM  
Blogger Kasey said...

I'm very excited to see the movie.
kudos to you dear girl.

5:03 PM  
Blogger an encourager said...

Three hundred cheers for you!!! The movie left me totally happy and inspired, and clapping again and again for your success! I'm glad you persevered and grew and got a movie and book deal...and a new place!!! Bravo!

5:14 PM  
Blogger Cher With Weeds said...

J&J was part of my birthday celebration! We loved the film but left wondering if you & Julia Child ever did make connection. Congratulations on a genuine story of warmth & humor. It was very inspiring for us; we went out to the bookstore to buy the cookbook. By the time we left the store, your book was prominently displayed and books were flying off the shelves. Yay!!

5:15 PM  
Blogger Caitlin Shortell said...

Dear Julie,
I enjoyed your book and was one of the first viewers in Anchorage, AK today. What a coup! It was pretty compelling. As a fellow blogger and lover of life I commend you.

5:15 PM  
Blogger JazzEars said...

Congratulations on the movie release today. I was telling my husband today that he has you to thank for his favorite dish - sliced brussel sprouts in butter. I read your blog daily with anticipation while you were in the project and remember those late nights with big dishes. Best wishes with your next book.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Dear Julie,
I just came back from watching your movie at the movie theater with my friend. To be honest, I had never heard of you before. Except I think I saw a huge bus with an add for your movie in Manhattan. I absolutely loved the movie. And as we were riding our car back on the radio station 8.2 AM was an interview of Julia Child(before she died) and I thought Meryl Streep did an exquisite job performing Julia! The movie was hilarious! Now I want to read your book as well. I simply could not believe the story (your story)was a work of non-fiction. To top off my day I googled your blog(the one you used for your J&J project) and could not believe I found Well,this blog.

I am soo excited.


5:24 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Julie: Just came from seeing your wonderful movie and am inspired to prepare Julia's Boeuf Bourguignon.
Today is my 44th wedding anniversary and we're off to have dinner at a little Italian restaurant in Kailua, where I live.
Hawaii doesn't have many French restaurants but there's one on the other side of our island and we will visit it soon...thanks to you and Julia. Aloha, Carol

5:24 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Just came from the movie--LOVED LOVED LOVED it!! The crowded afternoon audience in the theater clapped at the end!! How often does that happen? I was so emotional the entire movie. It was so inspiring. Congratulations!!

5:26 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

Loved the movie!My hisband and I saw it today, it was delish.
Check out my blog,

Trish Egan
Humble, TX

5:39 PM  
Blogger Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

I am thrilled to met you Julie! I just got back from the movie and I LOVED it! Darling and heart-felt!!! I couldn't wait to come home and find your blog to tell you so! Congratulations on your success and talents!


5:47 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Julie, I am dragged by reviews (WSJ, for example) that dis the parts of the movie that featured your story. I found them just as engaging as the Julia parts. I admire what you did, as I'd always wanted to do it. The movie was wonderful, all of it, and your feat totally great.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Millennium Man said...

You deserve a night out. We just saw J&J in San Diego and it was a delight. Thanks for the 365. Chin-chin.
Tim & MAC

6:14 PM  
Blogger ChrisS said...

Just got back from seeing the movie and just had to look up your blog! Hubby and I both loved it, what a wonderful story, congratulations and thanks!

6:24 PM  
Blogger Mo said...

Thank you. Just saw the movie today, and have a new appreciation for Julia Child and what she endured to get where she got to, and to you as a blogger for what you endured to get you where you are today.
I hope all is well with you today, and you are still cooking and writing :)
Bon appetit!

6:25 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Saw the movie with my sister - loved it!

6:27 PM  
Blogger Loren Shlaes said...

loved every minute! meryl streep positively channeled julia child, but she was hilarious at the same time.

6:33 PM  
Blogger sdevega said...

I just saw the movie and loved it. I'm inspired to get Julia Child's cookbook and make something!

6:45 PM  
Blogger Dee Dee said...

I can't wait to see J&J, I am just finishing up your book and let me tell you, I love it! I do not all, but you have inspired me to go for it!

All the best!

6:49 PM  
Blogger SueAnn Jackson Land said...

Dear Julie,

I wanted to tell you that I have never read your blog before -- I haven't found any blogs that really held my attention -- and I can't cook. What you did was give me hope. I've been writing the same book for 20 years and I kept saying "maybe I'll become a writer... one day..." The book was originally titled "The Secretary's Guide to Dreaming" and it has a much better title and purpose now. I mentioned the secretary title because I completely understand what it was like to be in that dead-end job and to listen to your friends succeed and wish, wish... wish. I know you have seen your movie 6 times. I think that I'll see it 7 times just to thank you again. Thank you for giving me hope. Thank you for cooking and writing... and wishing.

Ha... maybe you are my Julia!

-SueAnn Jackson Land

7:01 PM  
Blogger otter1955 said...

Just got back from seeing the movie or should I say THE movie and I enjoyed it very much. I know that they can't follow the book exactly, but they did a great job.

7:03 PM  
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7:06 PM  
Blogger @sergialtadill said...

Please I want to interviw you before I go back to Spain, tell me something!!

My email is:

Thank you x 524!!!

(You have to come to Spain to relax, hahahahaha)

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, saw the movie today. It was charming.
Thought you would like to know everyone in the audience clapped when the credits rolled.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

Hey Julie...I just finished the book last night and saw the movie tonight. Loved both and think that you are a great writer. Food descriptions moved me in the book, life is always moving.
Much luck, and love. Lee

7:24 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Julie, I love ya! The movie was great. Hope you are basking in the glory of it all and having a fantastic meal to celebrate! You are my hero!

7:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

very, very, very good movie!

7:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I went to see your story in Miami Beach. It was fun to watch. I'm Thai and I love to cook and eat so inspire me to do something about that...Congratulation
POM Cayeiro

7:29 PM  
Blogger jaz said...

I am on my way home from seeing Julia/Julie. I absoluetly loved it. This movie was so refreshingly lovely and endearing. I consider myself to be a bit of an amateur cook. I love the challenge of doing what I think is overwhelming and impossible. Julia/Julia really inspired me to face obstacles; however daunting or silly, head on! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

7:29 PM  
Blogger Casa Jacaranda said...

What a treat to see J&J this afternoon! My girlfriends and I loved it! Yes, so refreshing to see Julia Child portrayed as a real person, sexual and all.

Congrats on the Jennie Yabroff article of vindication. As for the critics and whiners - "let'em eat cake"!

As a fellow native Texan, how proud I am of you! Rita / Texas

7:33 PM  
Blogger Cynematic Cynic said...

Hi Julie! My friend & I saw the sneak preview of J&J. I absolutely loved it!!! Adored your story and am never ceased to be amazed by Meryl Streep. I do have one issue that has been gnawing at me ALL DAY...what was the deal with Julia's reaction to your blog?!?!?! Was it true? Did she have dementia related personality changes or what? You handled it well and were brave for including it in the story. I just cannot wrap my head around it...

7:37 PM  
Blogger NatTV said...

Julie, I went to see your movie tonight, delighful... I am a French Canadian in Ottawa, who got really inspired by your story. So I googled your name to find your blog, how cool!! I wish you the best with the movie and your career. I will slowly start MY dream of writing too, and photography. Putting ideas together. Thanks for the inspirations!! Nathalie and

7:40 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

Just got back from your movie.
Left hungry and inspired and happy.

Thank you.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Congratulations on the movie. My husband and I just got back from seeing it and it was wonderful. I loved reading your book and am looking forward to the new one in a few months. Congratulations again.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Pattibakecake said...

My husband and I are celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary in Shelby, North Carolina. We weren't sure what we were going to do, but since we both love to cook and eat and we love Julia Child and Meryl Streep, the decision was easy. We went to a late afternoon show of "Julie and Julia" and then went to the Country Club for an awesome four course dinner prepared especially for us by the chef!
The movie and story were awesome. We think what you did was daunting and we are pleased it was a success. We are 100% sure that Julia Child could never have read your blog. If she had, she would have loved you...we do! Thanks for sharing your story. We wish you the best of luck.

Joe & Pat

7:47 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I went to see the movie tonight in Harvard Square --in the very Cambridge MA -- very exciting. I so enjoyed it. I used to read the blog and it was surreal to see it movie-fied. I don't mean to detract at all from any of the excitment of the movie-- but just need to say for the record that I missed any bit of *you* in that movie. Amy Adams is lovely but there was none of your wickedly good humor and sauciness. But all in all, what a wonderful trip. Meryl was awesome. And Stanley too.

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Julie, Just came home from seeing your movie with my 13 year daughter. We loved it, and it was so inspiring. I'm a recent 49 year old culinary graduate and I just mentioned to my husband that maybe this would be a great challenge for myself. Good luck in your future endeavors. Look forward to reading your books.

7:52 PM  
Blogger Shawna said...

Loved the movie, cannot wait to get the book. Congrats to you and thank you for being real.

Now...maybe more people will cook!

Blessigs on you and Eric...and who cares what anyone else thinks...Julia didn't care, and you are our generations Julia! ;-)

7:54 PM  
Blogger Sanssouci said...

Re-Inventing One's Self and Rebirth: Julie & Julia's Epiphany..
I just saw Julie & Julia at the AMC at Midnight and I kept thinking about the film all day. I rarely go to the movies but Meryl Streep is my favorite actress, not to mention my name also happens to be Julia. BTW was Julia Chid's husband THAT handsome? The film touched me because it reminded me a lot of myself; It's amazing how Paris looks like France in 1950, and hollywood can film there with zero hints we're actually in the 21st Century; It also reminded me of a love I had for Italy, and after learning entire Italian language being soarly disappointed with that country when I tried living there, not as a Tourist. It reminded me of what my father used to say to me as a child before he died "A Winner is a loser who just never quit".
What a wonderful lesson for us all. What a lovely film & story of how interwined yet isolated we all are in the world. I entered the theatre feeling that way, and left feeling connected. Im 110% certain Meryl will get an Oscar for her role in this witty, eye-candy filled movie! Im sure Julia Child is smiling down on Julie Powell too, after all they both worked so hard enough to see the Rainbow! Best Wishes on your continued success. -Julia

8:11 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

The movie was absolutely wonderful.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Just saw the movie! It was wonderful. It was as good as I hoped it would be and better.

I'm going to run out this weekend to buy Julia's book and the cookbook.( I've already got yours, silly!)
Can't wait to make Bœuf bourguignon!

And you and Julia have inspired me to start my own Project (not cooking related, however). Thank you.

Good luck with any future endeavors. I hope you write another book!


8:21 PM  

Don't forget : Balthazar makes better French food than any place in Paris.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Princess of the Universe said...

Just got back from the movie- how positively wonderful. I really enjoyed it. I look forward to reading the project blog.


8:26 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am a young high school student (going to be a junior). I just saw this movie, and I was so inspired. Perhaps not in the cooking venue, but in general.
Best wishes on your new upcoming book. I will be looking forward to read both Julie and Julia as well as this new novel. I love to write and am an avid reader.
Thank you so much Ms Powell for inspiring me to become someone :)

8:28 PM  
Blogger Mary Lou said...

I went alone to the movie and absloutely loved it. I laughed, I cried, and as my 57th is around the corner, I too ask "What am I supposed to do?" Will see it again. I loved the marriage relationships portrayed. Outstanding!

8:31 PM  
Blogger Sanssouci said...

Re-Inventing One's Self and Rebirth: Julie & Julia's Epiphany..
I just saw Julie & Julia at the AMC at Midnight and I kept thinking about the film all day. I rarely go to the movies but Meryl Streep is my favorite actress, not to mention my name also happens to be Julia. The film touched me because it reminded me a lot of myself; Its amazing how Paris looks like France in 1950, and hollywood can film there with zero hints we're in the 21st Century; It also reminded me of a love I had for Italy, and after learning entire Italian language being soarly disappointed with that country when I tried living there, not as a Tourist. It reminded me of what my father used to say to me as a child before he died "A Winner is a loser who just never quit".
What a wonderful lesson for us all. What a lovely film & story of how interwined yet isolated we all are in the world. I entered the theatre feeling that way, and left feeling connected. Im 110% certain Meryl will get an Oscar for her role in this witty, eye-candy filled movie! Im sure Julia Child is smiling down on Julie Powell too, after all they both worked so hard enough to see the Rainbow! Best Wishes on your continued success. -Julia

8:31 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Julie, congrats on the movie. My sister and I just came from seeing it and I can only hope that this fabulous feeling stays with me for as long as possible.

Thank you!

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw the movie today, and it was great! Definitely the best movie of the summer, or maybe even of 2009! I didn't quite get the ending though. Did you ever get the chance to meet Julia Child or communicate with her in any other way?!

8:38 PM  
Blogger LKFH said...

My husband and I just saw the movie and it was wonderful! Just wondering ~ did you ever meet Julia Childs? LKFH

8:41 PM  
Blogger B said...

Went to see J&J today and LOVED it!!
Best movie I've seen in a long time.
Wish Julie the best.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Joni said...

Great movie! It makes me want to read your book! It was refreshing to see a movie that portrays the love of two very sweet couples!

8:50 PM  
Blogger Renata Dos Santos said...

Just saw the movie. And absolutely LOVED it!! I'm a bigger fan of your blog. And an even greater fan of what you accomplished by doing it. Bravo to you! Stay true to yourself.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My mom and I went and saw the movie together today and we loved it! Just wanted to say congratulations and that this movie will definitly be making its way into my DVD collection when it comes out!


8:55 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Hi! Loved the book. Hope to see the movie soon. Bought Julia's MtAoFC and tried it out. Had a blast. Why didn't I discover this cookbook before?

Best wishes,


8:56 PM  
Blogger Madame Leiderhosen said...

Congratulations! Thanks for bringing Julia back to forefront of our minds.
It's been a few years since I read your post the day after she passed, but it still gets me choked up just thinking about it.

Thanks for your blog and your book and all the irreverent fun.

You've given me another dose of Julia Child, just when I am setting up a new kitchen and I needed the inspiration.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Roberto_Awesomeo said...

That was the best movie I've seen this year. =]

It must be amazing to have a movie about you. Maybe I'll get there someday. =]Hows Julie, Julia, and Robert sound... Eh not to great. I'll work on it though.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Rene Maher said...

Loved the movie!!!!!! Thank you for writing your blog and your book.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Julie, just saw J&J. Very nice. Response from audience was great. Your persistence and hard work paid off. Best wishes...

9:18 PM  
Blogger Sushiboofay said...

LOL...Hope you are on cloud nine today! I read the book when it first came out and was actually rereading it right around the time I heard a movie was being made about it!

Now...the burning question I am wanting to know....give a hint about what the next book is about and more importantly...when does it come out???!!!! :-)

Congrats! Congrats!!!!

9:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey, Julie
I am saw the movie today, what an inspiration it is!! I am culinary arts student graduating in Dec. I am eager to see what the future holds. I have you and the only Mrs.Childs as an inspiration to keep going strong. I am looking foward to your next project.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Jeannette said...

Hi name is Jeannette and I just got back from your movie and I have to say, I LOVED it! Absolutely adored it. Definitely my new favorite movie, it moved me in a way. I had to come home and research you, your story really captivated me. So here I am at your blog, surprised that its not a name brand website yet, it should be! I love the way you write and the way you express yourself. Anywho, just wanted to let you know you have a new follower and appreciate what you have done and where you have been in your life. Thank you sincerely for sharing with the world:)

9:28 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

Just wanted to say congrats on the movie! I saw it tonight and loved it! I am new to the food blogging world and am pretty much addicted. I was especially struck by the storyline of you and your husband. My husband gets frustrated with my devotion to my blog at times, but has been supportive in every way possible 95% of the time. Thanks for sharing your story. Inspiring and lovely. I am living in Tokyo and my blog has been the one thing that has helped me to adjust and, as Julia says in the movie, "DO something" with myself. Congrats again!

9:32 PM  
Blogger christine said...

It's a wonderful movie, a wonderful story. Inspiring, hopeful, realistic, fun. Thank you, thank you.
And, I'm so sorry you didn't get to meet Julia in person; she would have loved you.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Mollee Ost Dag said...

Great job Julie! But I'll have you know your experience(s) is catching and I'm going to follow your example. My blogspot is at That says it all. Bye for now and Thank you....for being the mentor in abstentia. Bon Appetit!

9:37 PM  
Blogger DreamgirlLisa said...

Just got home from the movie, never came home from work, had to see it on the way home, had 2 good friends and mom and youngest daughter ( my little chef) meet me at the theater, we ALL LOVED IT! It didn't stick totally true to your book, but the movies never really do I guess. They still managed to capture the essence of your book though and made it very entertaining, I even got a little teary eyed at the end, a definite feel good/inspirational movie. The only disappointment...that your character didn't get to say the one and only "Fuck" allowed in a PG13 movie! :) I didn't expect it to come from Julia's husband, A.K.A. Stanley Tucci
Haha! Oh well, Congrats again on all of your(and hubbies) success!

9:41 PM  
Blogger Dianne said...

Hi Julie,

Saw the movie tonight...opening night...absolutely loved it. Felt warm and fuzzy when I left, but more importantly, felt inspired.

I am about to embark on my own blog, so the movie was indeed timely for me. I am fairly certain many people will walk away inspired to cook, to blog or both.

Congratulations and I hope that you will continue to write here.

Would love to be able to communicate with you.

Warm regards and much butter,
Dianne D

I think I may have posted this on the wrong blog...

either way, loved loved loved your story...thank you

9:41 PM  
Blogger From Texas to Alaska, Our Big Move said...

From Houston, TX: The movie was excellent, and the story so compelling. As a weekend "cook", I was hooked! You can't believe the number of complete strangers in the movie theater that were talking to each other after the show about cooking - "grandma's biscuits made w/ a pad of butter between the layers", and "I'm going to start cooking - maybe once a week", etc.
I think I'll read your book!

9:46 PM  
Blogger Tj said...

Just got home from a night out for Thai food and seeing your movie with 12 was a fun night, a great idea, and now I have a new respect for the funny woman I saw on TV growing up! Congratulations!

10:20 PM  
Blogger ellen said...

I just got home from the movie and I LOVED it!!

10:21 PM  
Blogger S said...

Julie, I'm sorry to join in so late. As usual I only discovered your book by following the other lemmings, but alas, I found it. I'm only half way through, but already I love it. You've opened my eyes and reminded me to love me, and every one in my life for who they are, quirks and all. Thanks so much for having the balls to take this project on and share it with all of us.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Ro said...

Hi Julie, I really enjoyed the open of the movie tonight. I had tears in my eyes with the 50s music from my Parents day, my Dad is in heaven and my Mom is in New Jersey. I am in California and wish you lots of luck. You made me feel like cooking something special this weekend! xox Rose

10:26 PM  
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10:27 PM  
Blogger astrosteve said...

Congratulations on the movie and your success! Just saw the movie and really liked it, so had to look up your blog.

10:27 PM  
Blogger vivacemusica said...

I just came back from watching the movie, and it was fantastic! It was a packed house, and the audience clapped at the end when it said that your book was made into a movie.

I had sworn off buying books because I had found them a pain to lug around as I move from place to place, but I WILL definitely buy yours! I'm intrigued now!

10:32 PM  
Blogger Robert Yokoyama said...

Hey Julie,

My name is Robert Yokoyama.
I loved the movie. It really made me hungry. I self published a book of poems recently. Do you like to read poems?

10:34 PM  
Blogger Mikaela said...

I just went to see J&J, and came home to promptly look up your blog. ;-) First time visitor here--and my mom, my sister, and I laughed and groaned and sympathized through the whole movie, feeling as if we were getting to know both Julie and Julia.

10:36 PM  
Blogger suz said...

Hello! I just found your blog...I just wanted to say that I loved the movie and will be buying your book... :) Thank you!

10:57 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I just got home from seeing J&J. Awesome movie! As a fellow writer, I have been working on a book project for years and your story inspires me to stick to it even when the going gets tough. Thanks for showing the beautiful humanity of Julia Childs. Millions of others will now have the privilege of falling in love with her thanks to you!

10:59 PM  
Blogger Jacqueline Barbosa said...

i'm so happy that i'm in NYC this summer and i could see this inspiring movie today!!!!


Now you and Julia have one more fan in Brazil!!!


11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVED the movie --- Meryl made me crack up beyond repair!!!
..totally worth taking the day off!

11:28 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Dear Julie,

I saw the movie tonight and just wanted to thank you for your extraordinary gift of creativity. I'm sure you realize by now that your work connects in a unique way with "average folk."

During these tough times, your story is particularly inspiring.

Best wishes for what I'm certain will be an exciting future!

With gratitude,
Sandra in Indianapolis

11:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My vote - 5 sticks of butter for J&J! The whole theater was laughing throughout... men as well as women! I'm sitting at my kitchen table at 1:30 a.m. with MtAoFC wide open. I bought it at a used book sale years ago and never cracked it open. Tomorrow (this?) morning, I'm heading to the Farmers Market to explore. Thanks for inspiring creativity!

11:52 PM  
Blogger Tina Powers said...

Hi Julie, I just saw the movie, and I have to tell you that at the age of 13, my dad and I used to watch Julia...she inspired me to become a chef...I was sitting in the throne room reading the cookbook at age 17 and I imagined that I could become a chef like Julia...I too cooked most of her recipes out of both volumes...and 41 years later, seeing this movie just brought back the memories...I became a professional chef many years ago, am a Certified Executive Chef, Certified Executive Pastry Chef, and Certified Master Baker...she too, changed my life...seeing that chocolate cake with the almonds on the side...that was the first cake I ever made professionally...just out of her Rock. Thank you for bringing these memories back...and thanks for having the courage to write that book and follow your muse...
Tina Powers CMB/CEC/CEPC
Oregon Coast Culinary Institute,
Coos Bay Oregon

12:20 AM  
Blogger Claribel said...

Hey Julie,
Ignore the naysayers! You've created a Julia Child renaissance and it wouldn't have happened without you and your little blog. People are having fun with the French Chef again.
I remember when my best friend in high school told me about the new show on public TV (1964 in San Antonio), and we added it to our list of fun shows including Roller Derby and Shock Theater.
I got my own copy of the cookbook and as a young married served up my own version of Rubber Chicken to some dinner guests who were rudely late.
By the way, I visited your mom in Austin before I heard of your book, and when asked by relatives what Julie was doing, she demurely said, "Oh, she's a food writer in New York." I'd say that took a little restraint... Well, now your great aunt Maxine has read your book.... and she liked it! and she's even going to venture out to the movie theatre to see it...
Martha (Diana's mom)

12:51 AM  
Blogger Michelle Frae Cummings said...

I saw your movie today and absolutely loved it! and hope to find the book this weekend. Thank you so so much!

1:19 AM  
Blogger leaca said...

I am in Alaska and so I am seeing this later than others have, late to the game again. I loved the movie. I found it funny, sweet, and inspiring. I had read The Tenth Muse, by Judith Jones earlier this year and I loved it. It set a good foundation of interest for the movie. I am so sorry there have negative components to your success. I seen nothing wrong with the movie or your blog.

1:27 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Julie, I just saw the movie with my wife and I have to say I was truly inspired by you. The movie was wonderful, with all of the principal performances tremendous. However, at the core was your engaging story.

1:29 AM  
Blogger Rebecca M said...

Hi Julie

Saw your movie this afternoon. Gotta say I LOVED IT, so did my boyfriend. The line about hating housework because of A.D.D. that had us rolling. The boyfriend leaned over and told me I must have a.d.d. too. Great movie!

Two thumbs up from Arizona!

2:43 AM  
Blogger Bama's Pal said...

I enjoyed the movie and searched for your current blog. You and Julia give hope to this wannabe writer.

I thought I would mention that my 88 year old father lives with me. There's some kind of brain glitch that happens at that age that can cause oppositional defiant disorder. My father says no, he doesn't like it or want to do it before I get the question out of my mouth. Did you see Julia with Emeril talking about the scrawny chicken? That elderly brain glitch may have been behind her reaction to your blog--more her age than the ability to logically comment on your blog.

3:47 AM  
Blogger Jacklyn William said...

I can't wait to see the movie, I'm going tonight!!!! I've loved Julia since I was a child, she taught me how to cook. I painted a tribute to her a couple of years ago entittled "Ode To Julia: Still Life With An Impeccably Clean Towel" check it out on my blog
Much sucess with the movie!

3:47 AM  
Blogger Bama's Pal said...

I enjoyed the movie and searched for your current blog. You and Julia give hope to this wannabe writer.

I thought I would mention that my 88 year old father lives with me. There's some kind of brain glitch that happens at that age that can cause oppositional defiant disorder. My father says no, he doesn't like it or want to do it before I get the question out of my mouth. Did you see Julia with Emeril talking about the scrawny chicken? That elderly brain glitch may have been behind her reaction to your blog--more her age than the ability to logically comment on what you had written. Her reaction to anything at age 90 was probably much different than her reaction would have been even at age 60. My father's personality has certainly changed.

3:51 AM  
Blogger Bee-Bee said...

How fun! I absolutely adored the movie and loved your spunk to take on the cookbook! Cooking is my therapy...I teach kindergarten. I was excited to see that your blog was still going on.

4:25 AM  
Blogger Running for Me said...

I went and saw your movie last night. Wow! I loved it! It is wonderful that your husbands were so supportive of you!!



4:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great movie J and J. Have one question what is the name of the red pot in the movie I want to get it for my wife

4:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really lovedthe movie. Need name of red pot in movie gettingfor my wife

4:38 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

I'm no one you would know and yet after seeing J&J yesterday afternoon, I just had to look up your blog and tell you how much I loved this movie! I'm amazed at how much YOU seemed to come out in this movie. The actress who played you in the movie was sweet and fabulous, but she didn't take this story from you. Thank you for a wonderful, heartwarming interlude. I'll be telling everyone I know to see this movie!

4:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

much success to you and the film!

5:08 AM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

Having read "Julie and Julia" last fall, during a time when I was going through a lot of changes in my life, or at least attempting to, I was absolutely beyond excited to see the movie last night. And I couldn't have asked for a better movie. Like your book, the film was delicious, heart-warming and full of laughter, leaving me wanting to simultaneously cook an enormous French feast for my friends and just plain hug people. Thank you so much again for sharing your story with us; both the book and the film are simply wonderful.

5:28 AM  
Blogger Martha said...

Congrats on the movie and all of your success!I wish that I had known about your blog when I had first come back to live in America in 2003. I lived in Paris and then Normandy since 1987.When I first arrived in Paris, I was armed with Pat Well's food lovers guide to Paris and an old copie of a Paul Bocuse cook book. My kitchen was tiny and old, but like you, I made great things in it.Eventually I married a French man and raised children in Normandy.I became friends with some pretty famous cooks over there. I won't mention their names. Sometimes I would experiment with their recipes and I'm pretty sure they didn't like that.
I miss France dreadfully everyday. Like so many ex-pats in Paris, I've written a book.. which I've never really finished.. despite everyone assuring me that it's a great book.For a while I was having things published in the cooking section of a newspaper.I guess I would just rather still be living in France than writing about it. My excuse for being afriad of rejection, really. I wish you much continued success and will read your blog from now on.

5:45 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I saw the film last night. What fabulous stories of multi-dimentional love and inspiration! How does it feel to now be the muse, the "Julia Child", for others? Wow...

6:01 AM  
Blogger Cyndy Phelps said...

3 in my family saw J&J last night in Manhattan. LOVED IT!!! I own Appetite For Life and, after seeing the movie, have a renewed interest in the book, and in yours. Also pulled out Mastering the Art... and may make something tonight. Any suggestions? Where can we read your original blog on the J&J Project?

6:12 AM  
Blogger terry holmes reasons said...

Hi Julie...I saw the movie yesterday and it was wonderful! I'm an RN by day and a "Paula Dean" cook by night...I love to cook and after reading your book and watching the movie...I want to MASTER THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING!!!!! Keep up the good work! Terry Reasons...Collierville, TN

6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Four words.

The. Movie. Was. Amazing.

I loved it so much! You're such a lucky lady, Julie! Great job with everything!

x Nichole

6:27 AM  
Blogger Rita said...

Your book is a joy. Congratulations on the movie. Your passion shines through. Wishing you continued success and "bon appetit" in all!

6:39 AM  
Blogger OB Nurse Jen said...

I saw your movie last night with a dear friend and thought it was lovely! The movie encouraged me to buy Julia's and Julie's prospective books and a stick of butter today at the grocery! Good for you Julie....way to go!

6:41 AM  
Blogger barnman said...

My wife and I went to a matinee yesterday to see "Julie & Julia"... I was not sure what we were in for, but my wife REALLY wanted to go... BOTH of us loved it... super "feel good" movie with some lessons on passion and determination that all of us can learn from... hope you are getting a "cut" on the revenues... I am telling everyone to go see I have to read the book... PHIL ATWOOD Asheville, NC

7:14 AM  
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7:24 AM  
Blogger Ellen Kimball said...

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7:33 AM  
Blogger Hopelessly Imperfect said...

Hey you! I just have to tell you I cannot BELIEVE how wonderful the movie was!!! I haven't anticipated a movie more in ages!!!

I'd been having an absolute crappy day (my doctor told me I have to have surgery even though I'm pregnant with a little girl) and I thought nothing could make me happy after hearing that news. But I was NOT about to miss the movie. I've been waiting and waiting for it. I fell in love with it just from the previews!!

Anyway about a week before the movie came out I read your book and I just looooooved it!!!!! I love how you write, I love how you think. I aspire to become as wonderful of a writer as you. I have time :)

So going to see the movie was a must for me!!! All I can say is BRAVO!!!!! The movie was amazing. I'm glad you liked it, too. (I wonder how much input you had in making it...)

I loved this movie so much I actually cried at the end. I cried because it was such a perfectly good movie. It captured the essence of the book and it captured YOUR essence as well. Nothing was bad about this film. The only downside to this movie was it was a tad bit long. But if MY life was going to be made into a movie I wouldn't care if it was three days long! Other than that...nothing. Just wonderful wonderful movie.

I hope it wins an academy award, I really do. It is definitely a contender for my favorite movie of ALL time!!!

All this to say I really enjoyed the movie. Almost as much as I enjoyed the book (which is rare)

8:02 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My husband, daughter and I saw the movie last night in the only movie theater in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. we truly enjoyed it, and I have asked for Mastering the Art of French Cooking for my birthday. (We also came out of the movie with a hankering for French cuisine!)


8:03 AM  
Blogger Thecookisin said...

I just love your book, can't wait to see the movie, although, it probably will not be the same.

You so inspired me that I went out and purchased some Julia Child cook books! I am attempting her Informal Dinner Menu for next weekend with a few of my trusted Guinea Pigs...they always love to attend.

Good luck with your new book...can't wait until they hit the bookstores!

Will you ever attempt writing your own cook book? Now that would be something!!


Debbie Shaughnessy
Vancouver, Canada.

8:08 AM  
Blogger Kyla said...

it was a beautiful movie! Congrats!

8:10 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great flick. Two very inspiring stories.

8:29 AM  
Blogger MelJoy said...

Julie: You are an inspiration to me. It isn't about your book being made into a movie (though that is a very interesting chapter to add to your life); what inspires me is your creativity, enthusiasm and tenacity for which it took for you to begin and complete your “life with Julia” year. I wish you nothing but a joy-filled life and many wonderful memories.

8:45 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Saw the movie yesterday with some friends and LOVED it! Yes, I'm sure reality is much grittier than the movie but there was a sweetness and a freshness that I haven't seen in years! I appreciated the warmth that poured forth and the depiction of good married love. What a joy! Maybe you've heard this before but I was inspired and I'm looking forward to reading through your blog a bit. Thanks for being willing to go out on a limb and be transparent for the world. I pray that you are blessed!

8:46 AM  
Blogger Jeanmarie said...

Loved the film. I'm a Queens girl, I grew up in Woodside and rode the 7 train to High School. I read your interview in the CT Post, how about adding "Big Night" to your favorite food films, and you're right "Mostly Martha" was far superior to "No Reservations". I'm 49 and I don't know any woman my age or younger who can cook. I do my best, I learned alot from my Mom, who watched Julia Child on PBS. Julie you are an insperation. Thank you for the wonderful story and film. The audience last night applauded at the end. I don't remember the last time that happened and we go to the movies quite often. Congratulations!


8:54 AM  
Blogger laurie said...

Thank you Thank you Thank you! You are an inspiration and I don't care what they say SHE WOULD BE PROUD!

8:57 AM  
Blogger CAGirl said...

Hi, Julie.

My husband and I saw J&J last night. We loved it. Well, I loved it. My husband went to the "bathroom" and spent half an hour in Transformers. If there's no killing and explosions, he's not a huge fan. :-) Don't take it personally.

What an amazing story you have, cooking so many complicated recipes in one year. It really inspired me to start cooking again. I laid in bed last night until 2 a.m. just thinking of all of the recipes I could tackle and counting down the hours until the library opened.

I do have a question, though. Perhaps you already addressed this in an earlier blog posting. Is there any way to clarify what Julia thought of your blog? It didn't seem like something she would have hated. Did you ever find out what she meant?

Thanks for inspiring so many people and reinventing Julia for a younger generation.

8:58 AM  
Blogger laurie said...

BTW - Hubby loved it too!

9:00 AM  
Blogger Willow Dreamer said...

I saw the movie last night and loved it!
I too am curious about the part where Julia says she 'hates' you... did that happen for real?
And I was also wondering, do you still have your original blog, from the project? I'd love to read it!
Anyways the movie was great,I'm an aspiring writer myself. Never tried to get anything published though... someday!:)

9:05 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Dear Julie Powell,

I was so moved by you'r book that I started a blog of my own. My blog is regarding a nurological illness and AA. I just hope to find people who can relate. Most of all there's a special feeling to writing. I belong to a writer's group so it's something I like to do anyways. The blog gives me a sense of purpose.

In the movie Julie blogs that Julia kept her from drowning in her life. I drove home thinking of that. Knowing exactly what she meant by drowning in her own life.

Thanks for the inspiration. And the movie was delightful! People were applauding.

9:17 AM  
Blogger KVanHouten said...

I just saw your movie last night. I was excited to go because I enjoy cooking and I remembered my Grandmother loved Julia Child. I wanted to see what the big deal was. I enjoyed the movie very much and it was refreshing change from everything else in the theaters these days. I can't say that I had heard about your blog before last night but I am thankful for your willingness to be so adventurous in the kitchen.
Even though I like cooking, I have picky tastebuds! I could not be so brave!
Best wishes.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the movie last night and absolutely loved it. It was delightful, engaging, and touched on the things near to my, writing, and my handsome husband. Your story is quite inspiring, Julie. I left the theater with a new passion to be creative in the kitchen, write more often, and treasure my man. Congratulations on your accomplishments!

9:40 AM  
Blogger Cathy T said...

What a fun, wonderful movie!
When I was a kid, and stayed home sick from school, I watched Julia on TV, in re-runs, she always fascinated me.
I came to cooking late in life, about 3 years ago I took a job as a manager of a soup kitchen. Trial by fire : ) You learn to cook very creativly, because you use what you've got.
Our mouths have been watering since the sceen w/the bruschetta. So, I'm trying to make some tonight for dinner. We'll see how it goes.
Anyways, thanks for your hard work, and for following thru on your dream.

9:41 AM  
Blogger KnottyLady said...

A big congrats! Enjoy the success and ignore the insults (which are without exception, just written out of jealously).

-- A former Austin girl and reader of your Julie/Julia blog since Way Back When.

9:54 AM  
Blogger sjl said...

Loved the movie; loved what you did. Thank you! It has occurred to me (of social security and medicare age) that Julia lived on butter, cream, beef and alcohol and survived to age 90. Adele what's her name of the same generation lived on sprouts and vitamins and died young of cancer--at about the time Jim Fixx, the guy who got us all running, keeled over of a heart attack on one of his jogs. Julia's choices are certainly more fun, with better results.

Arriving home, I flipped open my first edition "Mastering the Art of French Cooking", and the page that appeared featured the recipe for the piece de resistance presented in the final scene. It read just like the movie. That book has been on my kitchen counter for 43 years, but I'm not sure I have ever actually made anything in it; if so it was decades ago. The recipes seem quite simple (some of them are a lot of work, but not difficult) compared to what the foodies of today concoct, but it made me really appreciate what Julia accomplished by dumbing down complicated and culturally arcane French techniques so we could all do it. It provides a view into how unsophisticated we were then; today she could ratchet it up a notch. We have improved--and probably thanks to her. After seeing the movie about it's construction, I could feel her presence in my book. (Now, on to Alice Waters.)

A few of the best chefs here in the valley are featuring Julia dinners now. Beef bourguignon is calling me. Julia made it in an orange pot, then Julie made it in her orange pot, and I have that same orange pot, so here goes....

9:54 AM  
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10:00 AM  
Blogger NPF said...

PS: I'm waiting for the article that claims "sales of Mtaofc on the rise"...and orange pots.

I'm going to get mine!

10:01 AM  
Blogger Soggy Mom said...

Yay! Great movie!

10:07 AM  
Blogger haley camden said...

Loved your movie as did my 13 yr old daughter, Rachel. Rachel is an avid writer. She was anxious to log-onto your blog. However, i am disappointed with the blog you follow written on here: "F U Penguin". Ruined it for Rachel.

10:11 AM  
Blogger sOUnerTXN said...

Yesterday, I was so fortunate to see J&J! Initially, my interest in the movie was due to my love of Julia Child. She has always intrigued me with her personality and her cooking techniques. I remember watching her show when I was younger. She definately is an icon. In my opinion, I feel only a small hand of chefs/cooks come close to the amazingness that was Julia. (I love Giada de Laurentiis and Ina Garten)
Your story was intriguing. What an inspiration for those aspiring to follow their heart and deadlines. I feel like I should tell you I'm proud of you. KUDOS! I'm a vegetarian so I have to admit the lobster scene and duck boning were hard to watch.=) But I'm okay. Have you overcome your "lobster killer" status? =) I really can handle it though because I cook for my kids and hubby all the time. And they are meat eaters and tell me they will always be. The movie's end brought me to tears. I can't wait until it comes out on DVD. Best of luck with your career, marriage, dreams and cooking.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My spouse and I really enjoyed the story/movie last night.

Congratulations from East Tennessee!

10:29 AM  
Blogger McBARU said...

Hi Julie,
Last night my wife dragged me moaning and groaning to a "chick flick" titled Julie & Julia. Guess what, I truly enjoyed it. Very funny, clever weaving of stories & eras, and great acting. So here I am, a regular guy writing on your blog. Did you ever meet Julia Child? Congratulations. I'm a new fan.

10:38 AM  

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