Thursday, September 24, 2009

A neat event

I'm going to be here tonight with far more amazing women Amanda Hesser and Judith Jones. There have been far too many opportunities to hear me talk about Julia Child, but Amanda and Judith have some pretty interesting things to say, I'd imagine, so show up if you have a mind....


Blogger Ned Kessler said...

I'd love to come, but NYC is too far. Do you forsee a visit to the Orlando, FL area? I loved the movie because I saw it as success stories for two writers. I am an aspiring writer struggling to get my project done, so I related to your approach, tenacity, and ultimate triumph. I walked out of the movie telling myself that I WILL finish my project. Thanks for the inspiration.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Becky Davis said...

I would love to attend as well but am too far away. Any engagements in the Charlotte, NC area? Good luck tonight! Btw, You need to blog more. :)

9:18 AM  
Blogger Right lane never ends said...

Thank you for what you have made and what you are. You were an example for me and I am now blogging as well. Some about food, some about anything I know and I am sensitive to...
Julia Child would have loved your work when she was still able to appreciate life. Have you met Jacques Pepin?
I know, you are very busy now but please take a look at my blog (I have compliments about you) and you might find some interesting things as well. At this time, I have very few followers or even readers but I know I have to be patient and find my niche. If you have any advise, I will be more than happy to read them.
Meanwhile, have a good time at the Legacy of Julia Child. (I wish I could be there to meet all these people full of interesting stories and memories)

9:58 AM  
Blogger Sherri Murphy said...

I'm jealous. Happy for you and jealous at the same time.

10:37 AM  
Blogger Empowering the Goddess said...

Have a GREAT time, I would love to come but I will have to wait till you come back to Los Angeles.
I haven't been on the post to see anything new until today.
And I see your inspiration is still running strong.
Many continued blessings,

1:43 PM  
Blogger Perpetual Procrastinator said...

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2:10 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Bard said...

Hi Julie - thought you might enjoy this:

I'm one of Judy Clain's newer authors (Lunch in Paris). She just sent me your latest - looking forward to diving in.

2:16 PM  
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2:18 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I finally saw the movie last night and
loved it - both stories.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

It is 7:30 PM PDT. I hope it went well. I saw the movie today and was touched very deeply. I have never finished a project or an acomplishment to my satisfaction so I really connected with the movie. Thank you for a wonderful story. Keep writing.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Natalie June Reilly said...

Julie ...

I saw the movie based on your book - LOVED it! Very inspiring. I'm also in the middle of your book - also very inspiring. As a writer, I totally get it. I've always believed that when you give into your dreams with total abandon, good things will always follow. I published a children's book on divorce in just such a way, almost by accident. I wrote it for my kids after my divorce and 4 months later (BAM) a publisher called me. Some things are just meant to be, I guess. Anyway, good for you! A writer is a special breed of person, this I know for sure. Thanks for sharing yours and Julia's stories. Keep em' coming, girl!

Natalie June Reilly

7:35 PM  
Blogger Patrice said...

If you come to Chicago I will certainly be there!

8:07 PM  
Blogger O'Reilly said...

That's right up the street from (the other) Saint Patrick's where my brother was married and only a few blocks from Balthazar and Little Italy.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Joanne Kennedy said...

Oh I just got back from NY and wished I could have been there to come see you.

I'll be back in the Spring so maybe then.

Good luck and no matter what, have a blast!


10:56 PM  
Blogger JMorris said...

Just wondering if you're on Facebook and why there's a "F U Penguin" blog you follow posted in your profile...I went to the site but it seems a little out of character for you?
Love the movie, love to cook, love wine, and my husband is my chop chef :)

Bless you always!

3:44 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am so sorry that I only saw this invitation today... I would be very happy to join the chat and talk to you...
By the way, I am a brazilian girl, 27yo and this is the first time I leave a comment on your blog... Actually, I was very surprised that all this blog story was really true and that you still take care of the people behind the computer leaving messages periodically.
I saw your movie last month when I was in Houston-TX and simply love it... Then, one day when I was already back to my brazilian life I decided to look up on the internet to try to find these so commented books (yours and/or Julia's) translated into Portuguese... but my search for the book ended when I saw your blog and started reading it, amazed that I would be really reading comments from the author of this so famous book and movie... God bless the person that created INTERNET!!!! and the blogs... =]

Well, as I am brazilian and have lived in Brazil for my hole life I haven't heard about Julia Child or Julie Powell (you) until the movie. But I really loved that I had the chance to “meet” her, and you, and I hope that I can find a translated version of your book and, if possible, MAoFC… do you have information about it??

Thank you very much for inspiring other people… to cook, to read and also to write!!!
Best wishes!!!
Tchau, tchau!!!

4:02 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

1- I don't know why I thought you forum was a chat... Now I revised the website and realized that it was not... but I am still sorry that I couldn't go...
2- My husband just told me that he saw your book in a bookstore the other day, in PORTUGUESE... Sorry for my lasy search in the stores...
Bye bye, tchau tchau!!

4:18 AM  
Blogger Kejsa said...

Bonjour Julie,

I live near Paris and I saw the movie two days ago. Amazing ! I didn't know anything about Julia and you before ! But how enthousiastic I am ! Not so easy for me to explain my feelings in english. Your stories made (still make) me happy, full of hope about life, about people who manage with passion, pleasure in life !
Day after day, I try to stay "joyeuse". I paint to feel joy (see my blog : ;
Thank you very much for your tenacity, which is a very good « picture » (the word « example » is too serious) for everyone, adults and children. I love the way Julie is in the movie. Is that really you ? No importance, in fact, she exists because of you, and that’s the real point. Bravo !
Last thing : it’s funny because my daughter (8 y. old) has began to ask me to learn her how to realize some recipes she had seen in my cooking books since three weeks. Each week-end, she wants to cook something, alone or with me, depends… Tomorrow, our program is to buy the ingredients and to cook a « terrine de canard » ; 3 hours cooking. She really wants to know…
Je vous souhaite une bonne continuation ; mes vœux de réussite traversent l’océan jusqu’à vous… Bien à vous, et encore bravo !


4:44 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...


Perhaps your work will help convince the country that lard, butter, and other forms of saturated fat aren't the devils they're made out to be.  I'm sure Julia would love you for that!

9:06 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi, im from Argentina, a few days ago I saw the movie Julie and Julia and I remain a doubt ...
could you know Julia Child?, why she said she hated you?.
anyway thanks, i like so mach the movie.
Mi e-mail

12:58 PM  
Blogger Nichola B said...

I hope you had a wonderful time. Any chance for a Chicago visit? Off to see THE movie this weekend.

- Nichola

1:43 AM  
Blogger diaphanouslady said...

I love to cook/bake as well - and loved the movie. Having been inspired I went to the local Border's with the intention of buying the famous Julie Child cook book - and ahha - they really did have one left. I started browsing through it and quickly came to realize what a novice I really some of these are really tough, complicated recipes.....hopefully, you were able to complete the long ones on weekends - or prepare the night before.....there would be no way for me to shop and cook and eat - and get all this accomplished.....bravo for your feat!

5:20 AM  
Blogger Mel C said...

I just finished your book and have to say, you have lit a fire under me to get in gear. I am in the process of starting my own photography studio in NC and after finishing your book, have to say that I need to meet my goal, just like you did with JC and the Book, before my 30th birthday.

You are an inspiration to us with mediocre jobs and caring/supportive spouses. Thanks so much for devoting a year of your life to the Project.

Take I have to go watch the movie!

7:47 AM  
Blogger SweetWICK said...

Great job. Congrats on the success!

9:42 AM  
Blogger mpwynters said...

Thanks for being such an inspiration to a fellow blogger like myself! Sometimes I have to admit I feel all consumed by checking how many people have visited (over thirty thousand now!) It can get a little crazy now that I have an iphone ...ha

Anyway, thanks. I will continue to enjoy following you.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hello Julie, I am french and i have seen your film, Julie Julia, marvellous, the french way of life and french cooking need people like you,

3:41 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hello from Wisconsin! We are hosting a Julie/Julia Child cooking party in a few weeks. I love to cook-I will be making the ever famous Boeuff Bourguignon--along with parsley potatoes to accompany other entrees. I am aware that I should not be hung up on this simple side, but I have never made parsley potatoes! And I would like to make them in true "Julia' fashion, so could you please advise me as how to make them? I noticed Julia's recipes would advice to make them as an accompaniment, but...please advise!

7:58 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hello from Wisconsin! We are hosting a Julie/Julia cooking party in a few weeks. Our guests have chosen a Julia Child course to prepare and I will be making her infamous Boeuf Bourguignon. I also need to make an accompaniment to other dishes, and taking her advice, I will be making parsley potatoes. This should not put a cook into overdrive--right?!? However, I have never made "parsley potatoes" and would like to make them "Julia" style. Could you please advise me? Thank You!

8:20 PM  
Blogger Malén Vazquez said...

Hi Julie!! I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Just seen the movie, and it's a bliss. It really is. It's strange, I love movies but I haven't felt like this in a while. I know that Maryl Streep, Nora Eprhon and company had a lot to do with this feeling; but I just wanted to say that it's a great story. I love food as well. And writing. And I am also very much in love.
Congratulations, what you do is amazing.

PS: I also hate what Republicans stand for...What a releive to read a woman who is not afraid to talk about poilitics.

Un abrazo grande desde Parque Patricios!!

9:34 PM  
Blogger Alex Trenoweth said...

I saw your movie twice--once in the US (where I was born but still visit every now and again) and once again yesterday in London UK (where I live). I was wondering if you could give me your birth details (date, time and place) so I can do an astrological piece on you and Julia. I think I could answer why she didn't appreciate you as much as you appreciate her! Also, the British just don't get Julia so I'm hoping to enlighten a few people over here. Examples of my astrological biographies can be found on my blog site.
BTW--and this is NOT a criticism--I'm very relieved to see that even such a popular blogger such as your good self finds that sometimes, life gets in the way of blogging!
And, I also just wanted to congratulate you.
Very best wishes,
Alex Trenoweth

1:15 AM  
Blogger When Pigs Fly said...

Wish I lived in NYC. Try coming out to Minneapolis sometime.

3:58 AM  
Blogger vicki archer said...

If only I could have.
It has all been said over and over but I want to thank you for re-awakening my interest in JC and for my new found love of cooking. xv

4:21 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ginette Mathiot' legendary 1932 book"Je sais cuisiner" has just been translated into English. If it is anything like the 1954 French edition i have, it is a blast from the past from table manners to hygiene, economical recipes,"le repas bourgois", who to sit where etc. Truly a photo of French family life mid 20th century, the recipes are delicious and no nonsense.
English title"I know how to cook"
Melle Mathilot ,Legion d'Honneur and Inspectrice Genrale d'Enseignement Menager da la Ville de Paris died at age 91 in 1998. She was no doubt a huge inspiration to Julia Child.
i belive it is available in oct on amazon.
Elise in Gladwyne PA

7:48 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Julie, a coupla things:

1) Finished your (first!) book this morning, excellent. Immediately got out of bed and cooked (nothing French or fattening, but culinary nonetheless). Thought your book might inspire me to take care of my own gustatory needs and therefore save money and calories on takeout - success! THANK YOU. Will purchase and read your butchering book the minute it hits the shelves in Dec (still projected?).

2) LOL to FU Penguin, thanks for the link, truly right up my alley.


1:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Well, I just saw the film, twice. First, because I love Meryl Streep.
This film is pure happiness and love: of course love of cooking and its conforting pleasure, love of France and its manière de vivre and equaly important, real love in 2 couples..

2:15 PM  
Blogger LauraJP said...

Hi, this is my first time using or reading a blog but I've just got back from watching your movie and as an aspiring foodie myself I was inspired.

I loved your story and watching the film made me want to cook more.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Ines said...

Hi Julie, hi every one. I´m Ines from Argentina, (sorry for my english) and last night I watch THE movie. I was really touch. I feel that some one understand me. Since my father got ill, six month ago, and unlucklly died, I only find life in cooking, and cooking for my husband, so I really see myself in the movie. Now I want to konw more about everthing! Thank you!

4:49 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Today i saw the film Julie & Julia, my name is julia and i love cooking. The film was GREATE. I am from argentina, i have 13 years old and a few weeks ago i have been in new york and i love it!!
I will try to do some of your recipies and the i will tell you.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

hi julie. my name is michelle. Im from puerto rico. I just happened to see the movie. Amazing. my boyfriend who is in a culinary institute adored it also. we laughed, we cried, we enjoyed ever moment. Just as Julia Child you are a model to others. I personally admire you at a very high level. Your story is inspiring. Never had I heard of julia child, I mean in this island we are a somehow closed in our own little world. anyways I wish you the best.

10:36 PM  
Blogger adkpro said...

As the director of a small community, not for profit screen and stage, I had the priviledge and delight to see the movie three nights in a row and laughed louder each time I saw it and it brought in great numbers fot us. Thank you for sharing this part of your life with the world and making us realize that we need stop doing so much fast and to cook and be creative in the kitchen.

8:47 AM  
Blogger adkpro said...

As the director of a small community, not for profit screen and stage, I had the priviledge and delight to see the movie three nights in a row and laughed louder each time I saw it and it brought in great numbers fot us. Thank you for sharing this part of your life with the world and making us realize that we need stop doing so much fast and to cook and be creative in the kitchen.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

OH GOOD! I found you!!! I was sooooo hoping that the blog was to be found. I am almost finished reading your book IT'S GREAT! IT'S EXCELLENT! Can hardly wait to tell my sister about this blog...IT DOESN'T HAVE TO END WITH THE it's late and i've got to go to bed..excuse all the typos, just to happy and excited about finding your blog!! As Arnold Schwarzenegger said: I'll be back :)

10:01 PM  
Blogger Sue Hagen said...

I was going to buy your book after seeing the movie. I thought about it continuly and still am thinking of it, which led me to your blog. I can't buy your book because I was so disappointed about the Republican issue. So sad, in fact. I have so many Democrat friends and I would never say how much they scare me. The platform, etc. (to their face). When you write on this blog, it is like saying that to "their face". I couldn't quit crying that you didn't meet Julia Child, but now...I am suffering from the same disillusionment. (?)

10:27 PM  
Blogger Liz Harrell said...

Ahhh, to get out of Arkansas and attend. Sniff. Hope all goes well.

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Julie,
I saw the movie today and thought it was brilliant - and you inspired me to put myself out there into the world and be more. so thankyou so much.

All the best

3:44 PM  
Blogger Loren Shlaes said...

i'm so sorry i couldn't be there... how was it?

7:42 PM  
Blogger Kristen Robinson said...

Simply thank you for reminding me why following ones path of dreams is what we are all meant to do!

8:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey! Finished the book at near 2am last night...didn't apologize for my lack of brain power today either.

So glad to see there's another book coming out Dec. of this year.
This should be an interesting book coming up...anxiously awaiting it...

10:19 PM  
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2:10 AM  
Blogger cberbesson said...

Dear Julie,
I wrote from Paris and I saw the movie "Julie & Julia" tonight with my sister and a friend of her.
We loved it ! I would like to buy Mastering of th art of french cook but it doesn't exist in french... It's amazing ! :-)
Did you write a book with your own recipes ? I have another question... Did Julia Child really hate you ? I can't believe that !
Best regards,

12:05 PM  
Blogger Just Rob said...

So, Julia, my wife and I have just caught the film at our small local cinema here in Suffolk, England.

It's an enchanting story and thank you very much for the inspiration. Being a English cynic at heart, I thought i'd check up and see what this and you are about. Equally's the first blog I've read and certainly the first thing in a long time where I've dropped my gaurd and been moved to respond to.

The one thing that strikes me above all is that Julia appears to have been very much true to herself and that is a missing ingredient in so much these days.

Not so much in France, where we travel often, and I would implore anyone to let go, take the plunge and try local cooking in small villages and towns. Here you'll find even the simplest "plat de jour" is served with freshness and honesty. It is "served" in the real sense of the word...everyone appears to want to make your day and meal complete.

Now, that's probably the last time I'll blog, so here's wishing you well.

Best regards,


2:22 PM  
Blogger Who thinks of something random said...

I think it is wonderful what you have achieved from all of this. I just saw the movie and I am defiantly going to look into reading your book. Good luck with your cooking and everything else!:D

10:44 PM  
Blogger Jill Glancy said...

Just saw the film tonight. What a great story ! Well done !

3:11 PM  
Blogger May Barclay from said...

Hi Julie,

I saw 'Jules and Julia' Saturday night. What an inspiring story. Firstly, it made me want to go home and cook, and secondly it really made me want to get back into writing. I completed an MA in Creative Writing a couple of years ago, and find day to day chores always get in the way of sitting down write. Watching Jules' persistence in the movie, her determination to achieve something for herself and thinking that it was actually a true story really jolted me out of my procrastination. I take my hat off to you. Don't take any notice of your critics. If you hadn't become such a 'tall poppy,' they wouldn't be trying to cut you down. Congratulations!!

4:09 PM  
Blogger karendevitrac said...

Hi Julie, I'm living in France and just wanted to say I'm very impressed with your project. I went to see the movie last week, showing here in Sarlat, France, and really loved it. After living here for 8 years ii've done lots of experimenting with recipes both French and American here in the southwest of France. It's such an experience to cook here - you would love it - lots of stuff cooked in goose fat, yummy! Anyway, I hadn't heard of you until this film and just wanted to say hi, like thousands of other people I'm sure.
Bon Apetit!

9:14 AM  
Blogger Mari said...

Hi Julie. Well, it seems you've got fans all over the world, or at least in south america! I'm from Brazil and I just watched the movie. I loved it and I think it's really inspiring! I'm also reading your book! I think it's pretty good and you should keep writing more and more books! Anyways, I wish you the best and life plenty of success! Your book became a great inspiration for me to cook and to read.

9:15 PM  
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