Monday, March 22, 2010

A great day

I have tried to not make political posts of late, because durn but people get riled up... That plus the letters I'm always getting about my foul language are just two things I don't really care about. But I am so proud of us today. The health care reform bill may be, as a friend of mine just said, as watered down as a beer in a Utah bar, but it's something. A start. I am glad that the screaming naysayers don't have all the control all the time. only, say, 95%.....

As Tiny Tim said, God Bless Us, Every One. (Without the God, for me, but you can keep it if you like.)


Blogger fredamans said...


I appreciate your foul mouth. At least you speak your mind, and when you do, it's with passion. Cussing just enhances feeling. Anyone who cannot see that, well.... piss off!

I may be Canadian, but we got it made up here having Healthcare. All the bitching in the world ain't gonna take away the fact I have not paid for anything at a hospital. My taxes pay it. Hell, we're all in a recession. Your taxes will or have been raised to pay for it. So take the free Healthcare! What's the matter with you people, kick a gift horse in the mouth?!

Anyway... glad you are not one of the others Julie. I just don't see them as smart.

Best regards always.

7:45 AM  
Blogger -C said...

I'm right there with you lady! yes for us!

7:58 AM  
Blogger Zadik-Lamas said...

I grew up with free healthcare (yes, I'm from Europe). After living in the US for a year I'm glad that finally somebody had sense to change laws that needed to be changed.
However, what I found most bizarre was and is the fact that the law only passed after some conservative patriarchs got to take away women's freedom of choice of keeping a baby or not more securely than it is already anchored in the (strange) law. What kind of trade is that? The right of a woman to decide about her own body against the health care of the whole nation? What??? Both should be manifested in a democracy, not just one ..... And the right to medical treatment should not be dependend on some abortion bills. Like saying: I want to get the cake, but only if I can have butter too. Weird .........

8:02 AM  
Blogger Zadik-Lamas said...

Oh yeah, and congrats on getting a useful health care system in the future. ;)

8:03 AM  
Blogger Sonal said...

I have the world's worth sewer mouth (or so my husband tells me) but at least people know what I'm trying to tell them. Keep the cussing coming! I'm from the UK and have been following the healthcare thing with great interest and I'm delighted about the vote! I will never understand how people can think that the right to be treated when ill or injured should depend on how much money they may or may not have.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Birdie said...


8:35 AM  
Blogger Marnie said...

Oh,Julie, I am so very happy that you wrote about the great historic Sunday night we witnessed!! I came to your site this morning hoping you had posted something--not sure why I thought you would as you don't do that very often anymore, but just had a feeling & you made my day!! Yes, the bill is a bit (OK, very!) watered down, but considering there were so many who wanted our President to fail "No matter what," it is, indeed, "A great day." I was so proud of Barack Obama last night--his comments hit all the right notes. I could go on & on but I'll just say Thank You!
I've a feeling you'll be celebrating tonight with a Gimlet--or two! I plan to raise my glass and toast Teddy! He worked so hard & long for this moment...
Oh, and about the "foul" language--I will simply echo the words of the first writer of the day--a grand Canadian--for those who don't get it, don't get you, don't understand your passion--"piss off!"
Enjoy this great day, this grand moment.
All the Best,

9:50 AM  
Blogger Cara Mia said...

I Knew it! I just KNEW you were a fellow Liberal! I am so proud of our country!

10:10 AM  
Blogger kimchi said...

coming out of lurk-dom to say I agree with you whole-heartedly. it may be watered down but it's a start! and your foul mouth is AWESOME! :o)
p.s. loved your 2nd book. it helped me get thru a 1200 mile drive from CA to CO.

10:43 AM  
Blogger a chara said...

greetings from dublin ireland
just watched the movie and spent bloody today on the web lookin at etc..what have you started...either of you.
and hurray for obama i knew he'd pull it off.

11:21 AM  
Blogger a chara said...

oh and by the way i have a two year old whom im sure said f..k two days ago...should i be alarmed!!

11:23 AM  
Blogger Cary said...


I never thought you had a foul mouth. If anyone does, I do.

It didn't seem like that in your book (which is what this is based on but I remember lending my mother the book and her saying it was more about sex than Julia.

As of the health care plan, I didn't really care. But as I think about it more, maybe it might lead to me not getting health insurance with a full-time job. Hopefully, it'll be a freelance writer.

Anyways, keep writing on your blog and hopefully, mine will be read. Good luck. :)

11:36 AM  
Blogger Snuva said...

Congratulations! It was sort of an amusing debate to watch from other countries. That what we take as being such a basic thing should be called Armageddon by Republican is rather funny.

3:01 PM  
Blogger jen said...

Here in a truly divided city - it's been an interesting day. Happy for me because I supported the bill, unhappy for me because none of my coworkers did and I had to listen to their grumbling all day!
It's watered down, but it's a start. I hope everyone else comes around. Having no insurance SUCKS (I did it for 6 years and talk about EXPENSIVE!!)
Just finished your second book a few weeks ago - I loved it.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like Jen, I was happy that it passed, but not happy to hear all the pissing and moaning. I even ended up "un-friending" someone on Facebook because his postings were so aggressive.

When I worked in the heathcare field, it drove me nuts to have to tell a parent that their child needed surgery when they had NO coverage, yet we routinely treated prisoners from the local prison for free. Well, not free, but on the government's tab. Every law-abiding citizen should have the same benefits we extend to society's scumbags.

As for the swearing, fuck 'em if they can't take a joke! :-)

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forgot to add my favorite quote of the day from Nancy Pelosi's site:

" longer will being a woman be a pre-existing condition!"

3:52 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I'm so totally WITH your paragraph. And then the "Without the God, for me, but you can keep it if you like" part . . . . you almost make me tear up in sync!! OK . . .I'm 64 . . . . LOVED your book, then saw the movie, then read Julia's late autobiography (which I adored) . . . .and I just wanted to SHAKE HER for not embracing your efforts. And then your dog died . . . and now on dog #11 myself, I felt so bad for you . . . .And I'm drinking wine as I type (can you tell . . . dot, dot, dot . . . .)
Bottom line: LOVE your stuff! Attitude, politics, food love, dog love, language, intelligence, writing style. The only thing I don't gravitate to is your city life. If you ever want a wilderness experience, find me. (northern MN and Co mountains)

5:12 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Hey Julie,
I just finished reading your book (borrowed from the french library)in french, logically, and I just wanted to say a big Hi from Casablanca, Morocco. I enjoyed your book so much; I know this comment musn't be left on this topic, but I couldn't wait to find the appropriate one. Did you ever got messages from other moroccan people?
Anyway, I don't know if you read the french translation of your book, but it's hilarious:)even the title is great:"julie & julia, sexe, blog et boeuf bourgignon".
I just can't wait for some other book, wrotten in pyjamas. Did you leave your long island city appartment?
Bonne nuit et bonne chance pour la suite:)

5:25 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Fry said...


I have to say I enjoyed the movie much more than the book. I am disappointed in the book.
I guess I thought it was going to be more about the recipes and less about your life.

I do have to say though Kudos for having thought it! It was a creative idea, and you had the tenacity to finish it.

Sadly, I have discovered that I have now discovered the reason why the French are so thin despite all the butter they use. It is because what they slather it on sounds incredibly unappealing to me. Calves liver, bone marrow, duck, aspic, etc. All seemed quite unappealing to my palette.

What I will say though is that as a woman who finds cooking dinner sometimes a daunting task, it amazed me that you would put in 3, 4, 5 hours to make a dish, and not even eat until eleven at night while maintaining your full time job.

On Health Care Reform, I am still trying to figure out why the American public would trust the government to handle health care when they have watched for the last 50 years how Public Education fails, the United States Post Office is in debt, and anyone who has an aging ill parent, how Medicare treats them.

Not sure, putting reform in the government's hands is the way to go.

Hats off to you for a great idea!
Two questions: 1) Are you "rich" now? and 2) Did you ever have a baby?

6:38 PM  
Blogger Two French Bulldogs said...

Yep..finally a "change"
Benny & Lily

6:40 PM  
Blogger Tanya said...

LOL! I love that! So said it like it is :)

7:47 PM  
Blogger kshitij said...

i saw julie and julia, and got to know about you, u r an inspiration Julie, what r u doing these days.

10:36 PM  
Blogger mau mau said...

this is funny...i work in a shop and just put 'julie & julia' on the shop tv. then i find your latest post on my bloglovin. it's julie day!

2:36 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Julie,

I have just watched the movie again last night for the milionth time! It is SOO inspiring, I went out and wrote something on my favourite foodie magazine!
All the way from Sunny South Africa Christie-Anne Wolmarans

3:29 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I totally agree with you. I am tired of the rants people have about this Health care bill!

5:58 AM  
Blogger Hothouse Blossom said...

Outside of my apartment in a really trendy, young part of Brooklyn I was getting on the subway when I saw a booth on the street that was asking for OBAMA'S IMPEACHMENT. I had to think for a minute "where the hell am I?" I told the guy, discreetly, that he can go F<3CK himself. I worked too hard to see him elected. Republicans are like toddlers- you have to feed them the healthy stuff with a babyspoon. Wow, I am so mad just thinking about it. Obama is a good man. I am sure he has his own agenda, but he's a good man. I know that after what America's been through the last, I don't know...50 years, It's hard to believe the president CAN be a good man. I have complete faith he will do the best he can for my own good. That doesn't mean he will win, but I'm not asking for that.

6:09 AM  
Blogger Best Wishes, Marie said...

i hope that EVERYONE can go to the doctor when they have a cold and get some relief ... and not a bill after for more than they make in a week. (while many people who choose not work, do not pay a dime to go the emergency room everytime their kid throws up.)

i think it has been unfair the way that some people have had to make payments for things that people who do not work and or do not pay taxes get for free.

6:27 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Have you heard the details of the bill? It requires all US citizens to buy health-care coverage, if they don't already have it. This can cost a family upwards of $17,000 a year. Anybody who doesn't have coverage has to pay the US government a fine! This bill is just a national version of the horrible legislation that Massachusetts has. In Boston the average wait times for appointments in for cardiology are 21 days, dermatology 54 days, obstetrics-gynecology 70 days, orthopedic surgery 40 days, and family practice 63 day. Other parts of the state have even worse waits. The legislation's effect boils down to less accessibility to doctors and expensive fines for the uninsured. Don't get me wrong, there are positive changes in the bill, like the portion dealing with pre-existing conditions. Overall though, I don't think this is a change for the better.

6:27 AM  
Blogger Mariella Isabelle said...

Hi there miss Julie, I am Mariella from the Philippines. I just seen the movie, and i am very pleased of your story, it somehow inspired me to aspire short-term goals in strict discipline. Well anyway, I hope you more blessings though, and I pray for whatever your country is facing now.!! Take care always!!=)

8:24 AM  
Blogger The Expatresse said...

I have a potty mouth, too. And, as an expat, I live where I have great healthcare provided by the country I'm living in. I am so excited the US has finally decided to come out of the Dark Ages.

Hope the sun is shining where you are, because it is here in Luxembourg.

9:20 AM  
Blogger The Expatresse said...

Oh, and another thing.

Re the comment: Have you heard the details of the bill? It requires all US citizens to buy health-care coverage, if they don't already have it. This can cost a family upwards of $17,000 a year.

Premiums would also be capped at a percentage of income, ranging from 3 percent of income to as much as 9.5 percent.

One would have to earn over $175,000 a year to expect premiums of $17,000 a year and I doubt they will be allowed to be that high. At that level of income, however, I could afford it.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Karla said...

1) I am an inveterate curser and I shock even the men I work with in a VERY male dominated and salty field. I'm f*cking proud of that, btw.
2) As a Texan (Austinite) living in Norway, and seeing what "socialized" medicine can do, and how really good it can be, I am continually amazed at this ridiculous conservative backlash to something that can only be good for the public as a whole.

Why would anyone begrudge a healthy life to someone else? I just don't GET it.

I am delurking. By the way, loved the books and the movie, etc etc. You rock. Keep up the honesty and the cursing....refreshing to see a woman be honest with herself and admit her good and bad sides.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Terry said...


Thank you for your wonderful insights on life, food, film, and our wonderful new health care reform bill!! Your story is fascinating! Thanks for giving so much hope and humor!!


12:16 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

I myself would say Sunday, March 21st was a bad day. To me it just doesn't make sense why the government would try (and succeed) to pass government health care when 76% of Americans are against it. They are in Washington to represent us, but it seems that is exactly what they are NOT doing.

And now I just heard today that Nancy Pelosi has an 11% approval rating and Harry Reid has an 8% approval rating. A ginormous majority are unhappy with them and what they are doing, but they don't even care. They just go right ahead with their plans. They are not supposed to be in Washington for themselves, they are their for their constituents - but they were definitely acting for themselves when they pushed this through. They say they are doing this for us, but it's not what we wanted. I can't remember the exact number, but Gallup did a poll and the results were that 80 something % of Americans were HAPPY with their insurance plans. So it sounds like 80 something % of Americans do not need government health care.

I heard a Congressman (I can't remember from where) on the radio last week say something that I can't believe I had not ever thought of myself - he said, it's funny how Progressives are always arguing that you can't tell a woman what she can and can't do with her body, and yet they turn right around and want to tell every man, woman and child in this country what they can and can't do with their bodies. That is so blatantly hypocritical it's stunning!

I think what rubs me the wrong way more than anything is that the government will be telling me that I HAVE to buy something (their healthcare) that I do not want to buy. Judge Andrew Napolitano said that with this government health care plan the government is forcing you to buy something in order for you to be a legal citizen of this country. That is quite a shocking idea. Can that really happen in America??? Well, it is happening now. I thought this was the "Land of the Free". I do not feel very free when the government is not letting me be free. I can't even believe it!

Sorry Julie to go on this rant. Your blog is not exactly the place for a political rant. But you brought it up and so then I started typing and I just couldn't stop!

1:57 PM  
Blogger Julie Powell said...

I'm all for listening to folks with different thoughts on this, but I don't understand the terror. And I don't understand what's so wrong with insuring more people. I have a friend - a friend with money, a good job, etc... A young woman and healthy - who cannot be insured because of a pre-existing condition. A congenital heart defect. That to me is wrong, sick, and un-American, and I'm proud that we have changed things for people like her. This "ramming it down our throats" crap is just that - invented, Fox News, synthesized crap. Totally insane.

Is my opinion.

The bill is far from perfect - in my opinion it doesn't go far enough. And I understand that I don't understand all the ramifications. But I'm willing to pay taxes for someone who before was not eligible to get health care. Totally.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Belin said...

Hello Julie. My name Bruna, I am Brazilian, 24 years old and not speak english very well. I would say I loved your story told in the movie and it inspired me because I'm unhappy in my profession and loves to cook, how good amateur, I loves inventing recipes and as a therapy. I am willing to dedicate myself more to the art of cooking and write about it, I am a journalist and would unite the two paix. Thanks for sharing your story and much success for you.

2:44 PM  
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3:08 PM  
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3:23 PM  
Blogger Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

Thanks for speaking out Julie. You are using a platform of the freedom to express your views. It is a basic right. So is caring. Health care reforms will be an asset to a caring nation! It enhances the wellness of the nation and that will lead to strength.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Polka Dot said...

Hi, i hope you are fine.. well my name is isabel, i'm from méxico city and i am 24 years old.

I saw your movie, i think it was amazing! congratulations because is a beautiful story about you, your life, your dreams ^^...

Have a nice day, my best wishes for you! bye bye

3:54 PM  
Blogger Nim said...

I just finished watching Julie and Julia. I am going to read the blog as soon as possible. I grew up with Julia, loved watching her on tv as a kid and if it wasn't for my parents surely would have gone to culinary school. She has a special place in my heart and now so do you. Thank you so much for doing what you did. I am sorry I am late to the party and hijacking this thread. But i am thrilled that you are online so my wife and I can thank you.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

That's right Julie! Kanye West said " I have a tantrum like I'm 3 years old, at least some people still speak from the soul".

Maybe if politicians would stop fucking shit up, we wouldn't have to say FUCKING SHIT UP!

7:30 PM  
Blogger Erika said...

hi, im mexican woman im see your movie congratulations, you are woman brave.


8:44 PM  
Blogger Terry said...


Your warm and engaging writing ability is an amazing gift! I'm glad you're there...I'm a teacher in Los Angeles and you are a voice of hope! Keep at it!!


9:43 PM  
Blogger Terry said...


Your warm and engaging writing ability is an amazing gift! I'm glad you're there...I'm a teacher in Los Angeles and you are a voice of hope! Keep at it!!


9:43 PM  
Blogger Qiah said...

Hey Julie!

I haven't look through your blog yet, but I just watched "Julie and Julia" OMG. Such an amazing movie!! Totally inspired me to cook!!

Btw, did u get to meet Julia Child? :S

3:56 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

In the words of Joe Biden, "It's a big fucking deal!"

Woo hoo! And I say the ones who don't support it should think about giving up their Medicare and Social Security when the time comes. Too much government in their lives and all that.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

"There is nothing in the world more dangerous than sincere ignorance, and conscientious stupidity. You have a moral obligation to be intelligent".

Martin Luther King

10:40 AM  
Blogger Celestial Geisha said...

Dear Julie,

This comment may not be in response to your latest post, so it may seem irrelevant, but I just have to inspire me.

This morning I decided to watch the movie Julie & Julia on a whim, and fell in love with it. Since then I have spent many hours in front of my laptop, reading your blog posts. I am so happy to see that you continue blogging, and plan on picking up your book the next time I'm in a bookstore.

I have never followed a blog before, so yours will be a first for me. Best of luck to you Julie in all that you do.

Your latest fan.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Frances said...


I have been busy with so many things in life, a partner who is taking a break from his MBA due to losing both his parents, as well as I losing my own father 6mos after they passed. I'm from CO, he from VA, we live in VA for now and I just finally got to see the movie Julie & Julia. I loved it, her and you made me proud, you did great work, as she has. I too cook, blog and would love to write one day. I have collected cookbooks for almost 30 years. I too one day will have a gorgeous kitchen and cook for so many people it will be an understatement. My honey has said for nearly 10 years now that I should open a resteraunt that is how well he loves my cooking. For now we are renting a small but modest house in central Virginia, its beautiful here.

I too agree that the healthcare bill that just passed is a start. None of us have any idea how this will truly be beneficial or negative, after so many countries worldwide have their own healthcare, and its a good thing. America needs something badly. We, my better half and I have seen how it works in several countries, and it does work, it benefits the people, most higher taxes, but you are coverd, you need not go to get help when sick because your bank account will go empty. I believe this to be a wonderful new thing for our Blessed Country.

Bless you, your work, and both of your inspirations to so many of us who will never atire to the FoodNetwork, but live life to the fullest, and regret none.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Me said...

i LOVE your foul mouth. But I am in the UK, and compared to my everyday language you seem tame

12:08 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Hi again Julie,

That sucks that your friend can't get insured because of a pre-existing condition. I understand how you would be willing to pay more in taxes to help her, but to make everyone in America pay more in taxes... people are strapped enough for cash at the moment and taking more out of their paychecks doesn't seem like a good idea.

I have a friend who as a child was diagnosed with leukemia. She went through chemo and all that and when she was in remission she was dropped by her insurance. It was hard to find anyone who would insure her. So her dad became an insurance salesman himself and was able to find a way to insure her. Thank heavens he did because as a teenager she came out of remission and had to get a bone marrow transplant. I'm happy to report that it was successful. My point is, it sucks to be dropped from your insurance and to be "uninsurable" but if you're creative you can always find a way to make things work out. Putting the government in charge of health care is just going to screw it up even more - just like they screw up everything else that they touch.

As far as "this ramming it down our throats crap is just that - invented, Fox News, synthesized crap" - I don't know if you noticed, but each and every Congressman that Obama had to convince to vote for his plan WAS DEMOCRAT. It was his own people he had to convince. He was "ramming it down" the throats of his own people. You hear about all these things with stupid names like the "Louisiana Purchase" or the "Cornhusker Kickback" and right now were mostly hearing about Stuback - These are all Democrats. I don't think Fox News invented that. It's just a fact. The Dems are 100% in charge in Washington at the moment. They can pass any single thing they want if they are all together on the issue. It took them a year to pass health care because there were so many Dems who were uncomfortable with it and knew their constituents were against it. But whatever Obama did behind closed doors, he one by one brought them to the dark side.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Jaclyn Barr said...

I read this too much now. It's like my e-mail. But I have to comment on this. It made me laugh heartily. Oh you Republicans, you're so cute. Like Jessica Simpson. "platymapus".

1. You hear about all these things with stupid names like the "Louisiana Purchase"- Paula

Among other things, the Louisiana Purchase was the purchase of Louisiana. I don't find that very stupid. It's an obvious choice for the name...Obvious like providing healthcare because we are a FIRST WORLD NATION.

2. if you're creative you can always find a way to make things work out- Paula on health insurance

This made my brain tingle with rage. This is not an afterschool special. "Just keep your head up and everything will go your way!" No. Healthcare is IMPOSSIBLE to pay for out of your pocket. Even most insurance plans are too expensive. Not everyone can just say "hey, I think I'll go into selling insurance because I need affordable healthcare!" not to mention the realities that that is just a f*cking stupid way to approach a nation of uninsured people. Paying an extra thousand dollars a year in taxes (in my tax bracket) is acceptable to provide health insurance not only for myself but for millions of others. If you can't afford an extra thousand dollars a year on the low end of the class system, you aren't going to make it, in general. I think it's HILARIOUS HILARIOUS HILARIOUS how the people against healthcare talk about how the recession would effect your ability to pay extra taxes, like this is a permanent state of being...while also being support of taking away support programs for low-income families. You people are so selfish it's inconceivable. I get it, you want to f*ck over poor people and young people...but don't speak for me.

3. Quote from Dale- "There is nothing in the world more dangerous than sincere ignorance, and conscientious stupidity. You have a moral obligation to be intelligent".

Martin Luther King

5:11 PM  
Blogger A. A. Snook said...

I just watched the movie about your project! That's so amazing! I just started blogging about food (not cooking, really, just eating). So it's nice to see it can be done!
I also always think it's cool that you also have political ideas. Don't listen to nay-sayers!
As for your foul mouth? Fuck it. ;)

8:17 PM  
Blogger Jo Blogger said...

It is a great pleasure to meet new friends in this world so close through a keyboard.

have a nice day !! and hope you can add my link Please

9:01 PM  
Blogger Gramma Rose said...

I just watched the movie. You are a very inspiring young lady; be proud of what you have accomplished. God Bless you for sharing your story with the world.

9:42 PM  
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12:33 AM  
Blogger Megan Shim said...

I just watched the movie, Julie and Julia. It was very good. Well done. Applaud for your enthusiasm and perseverance. By the way, the french dishes are very similar (in some sense), in terms of the beef-mold-jello, etc. Korean food has those varieties. It needs a lot of efforts, but it's really tasty and highly sophisticated. How about trying one. The english version of good korean cook book is called "Korean mother's recipe to the daughter in law".

12:37 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Julie ! I just wanted to say hello. I'm usually lurking, reading your blog. I think people who don't approve of either your language, manners, lifestyle, opinions, don't have to read you.
A blog is a picture of you are, everyone has the choice to move along or enjoy the ride.

I'm still waiting to find your second book and read it. I'm sure it's interesting !

3:09 AM  
Blogger Sonal said...

What's this I'm reading on the BBC website that the health bill is going to have to reapproved? I hope this doesn't kill it off in its infancy. And as for people who support the bill getting threats???? That's crazy!

4:30 AM  
Blogger Jolene said...

Hey Julie,
This is my first time to your site. Not sure you read your comments, but I kind of hope you do. I posted a review of your book on my blog today. I give you all credit! Please don't sue me or anything. LOL I hope I quoted and italicized properly (not a pro writer or anything, just blog for fun). So, her's the link if you are interested...

I enjoyed your book. Your view on the new healthcare policy, not so much. The great thing about America (as long as it lasts) we are allowed to have our opinions and agree to disagree.

Best Reguards...

6:58 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I just hope my insurance doesnt go up...$#%*!!$

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your blog and book. I saw the movie and that convinced me that you where not just a lucky random person(sorry about that), but that you were a woman with a dream. please email me!
my email is

11:16 AM  
Blogger Yesseth said...

Dear Mrs.Julie,
My name is Yesseth Stitzel,22, I loved the movie! never knew who Julia Child was through you I know now..I'm exicited to buy the book! You are a real big inspiration to me thank you.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Kelly B said...

Your one of the luckiest women ever! Meeting both of my food idols Ruth Riechel and Rachel Ray, I am so jelous and happy for you! What was it like? I am a major foodie and I love everything about food. My friends tell me that I should write about food but not my cup of tea. Writing and food run in my bloodstream but well I want to write about people and adventures.
I'm so sorry that Robert died. I know how awful that hurts. My prayers go out to you.
I read both of your books and I don't mind the swearing. What's your favorite meat recipe? Out of curiousity. I hope you have a great spring break.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Kelly B said...

Write me back if you can. My email is Oh I know this is like two er or one years late but congratulations to Jessica and Josh!

4:39 PM  
Blogger moonshiner said...

Hi, i'm from portugal, i've just finished watching the movie made from your book, so i came here to know u a bit more. I think that you are a wonderful writer and although i might not write all that well i can tell that u do. What moved me is that u gain life after starting something that u really love doing and u proposed yourself to do that and kept your word. I, myself, am going through a difficult time right now, and it's really inspiring the way you "shined up". I have a passion for photography as u would see by my own blog although i'm still studying (psychology btw). I hope some day i can have as much joy doing what i love, as you do. Thank you for reminding me that we can actually do anything we want and maybe be sucessful on (in?) it.
As a cooker, i'm just terrible, but oh well. Lol.

Thank you,

5:01 PM  
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7:45 PM  
Blogger Mama said...

Agree on healthcare - great day.
I am a doc and I lost my job soon after I told my boss I'd vote for Obama for President because I believed in healthcare for all (didn't exactly volunteer that info - was asked repeatedly to vote Republican, even with threats).

I am glad the bill passed. We work so hard. Now may be our kids will have a healthier future.

Oh, and to those who say taxes will go up and such. Guess what - taxes will go up no matter what - healthcare bill or not. At least this time they'll pay for something useful and real and good (unlike the wars we're experiencing now - who do you think is paying for those?).

Julie, good job on the books and thank you for speaking out on healthcare!

1:04 AM  
Blogger degrassiboi said...

sorry i know you must get lots of comments about the blog, the book, and the movie but today I saw it and loved it i really cant cook but i think i shall try and do it but as for sunday that was great was obama did healthcare for everyone

1:05 AM  
Blogger Ingrid Wisell said...

Congratulations from Sweden to the health care bill! Maybe one day you can just walk into any dr office and get free care, without insurance, like here.
Last night I watched the Julie & Julia movie - twice in a row - and I just loved the FEELING of it, the pictures, colours, the FOOD. Once the credits stopped rolling I had to start again, and get some food from the kitchen to eat while I watched the whole thing again. So congratulations to that too! I reviewed it on my blog where I review movies by (all female) directors, but it's in Swedish so you can't understand it. Needless to say, I'm also working on a novel. Ok - have to go now (cutting a documentary film about the North Cape and I'm late) just hade to say you're very inspiring - 5 yrs and no publisher yet, so I needed the inspiration!

1:14 AM  
Blogger norfolkbroad said...

Julie, you should be proud! In England we take our FREE health care very much for granted. I am so glad you may be able to share the luxury of that complacency with us in the future!

4:49 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Try celebrating the passing of Healthcare in Texas. It's a lonely but joyous celebration at our house.
The Republicans have guns and threats of violence...we have obscenities. One of the reasons I love Democrats. :)

9:13 AM  
Blogger Robert Crane said...

Julie, you ar right! Finally, the shoe is on the other broken foot. Feels good for a change, albeit broken, f*ckin or not.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

To be quite honest with you I hadn't heard of you until this movie came out.. That's not a bad thing.. I found your blog by simply typing your name into the msn search engine and there you popped up..No surprise.. I thought that the movie paid homage to a very passionate woman that inspired possibly millions to learn to cook.. I have never learned to cook french food.. But I think after watching the movie, I might give it a whirl!

Do you ever respond to comments? I would like to know if you still blog about your cooking adventures and if you have ever thought about doing it again and if you did would you do it differently this time around?

12:10 PM  
Blogger Marialuisa said...

Hi to all from Spain. I´m Spanish (living in Spain) and happy to hear your Healthcare rules have changed in your country. I´m a new reader, thanks to the book an american lent me "My life in France" which btw I loved and now when I finally bought the dvd Julie % Julia decided to check your blog. I´m also a cook fan as you may know already the basque country is famous for its food.
Glad from now on all americans will have the right to be able to be treated no matter what your condition is in society. I hope everything is great in that matter. Hi again to all and best regards.

5:01 AM  
Blogger Melissa D. said...

Hi, Julie,

I literally finished your book about ten minutes ago and wanted to tell you about it. You have inspired me to start a Project of my own, although I'm not sure what it will be yet. I just wanted you to know.

I agree with you about the healthcare! It's about time!

By the way, I'm now officially following your blog. Thanks for keeping up with it!


9:06 AM  
Blogger MammaHen said...

Do not agree with your views on the "Hellthcare" situation, but respect your opinion. Do not mind a foul moth... words are just words... I just saw the movie Julie and Julia (I know, I know behind the times LOL!!1) but you have inspired me and as a very wise person once told me to inspire another human being should always be your goal"

Thank you...

6:38 PM  
Blogger Whosyergurl said...

I was doing handsprings! And I felt SO energized the next day. I posted on facebook about it and people who hadn't said "hello, how are you, kiss my ass" were puking on my wall about it.
I let their comments stand. It shows their true character.
Hoosier hugs,

6:42 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Greetings from another blog virgin.

Just saw the movie and really enjoyed it. I remember watching Julia Child on tv as a very young child. My mother was a fan. I'm glad I got to know more about her through the movie, what an amazing woman.

My hat's off to you for completing all those recipes. That takes an enormous amount of hutzpa? and determination. It's always so encouraging to see other women overcoming obstacles in their lives. I'm surfing some pretty huge waves in my life right now and each day I prove to myself that not only can I survive loss (my dad in Dec), turmoil (separation last May), post-natal depression, and single parenthood, but I can thrive! I have returned to school to upgrade my skills in order to return to work as a graphic/web designer after being out of the workforce for nearly 6 years.

I've heard it said that courage is fear that has said it's prayers. God grant all of us the willingness to keep on keepin on.

ps I'm glad to know I'm not the only foul mouthed gal around

2:05 AM  
Blogger TL said...

This healthcare bill is not free. This whole process is a far cry from a useful work in progress.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Kupongfrun said...

Hurrah for you, FREE healthcare is a human right. At least I think so. I live in Sweden and we have FREE healthcare for everyone and have had so for years. Yes, we do have high income taxes ( 30 %), but it is worth it, trust me!!

I enjoyed the movie so much, you really do inspire me to both cook and write!
Take care!

Susanne (

12:20 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Just watched your movie, really enjoyed it. Question did you get to meet Julia?
Thanks Tom

2:58 PM  
Blogger Carolina L. said...

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6:58 PM  
Blogger Carolina L. said...


My name’s Carolina I’m from Brazil. I watched the movie Julie & Julia a few days ago, and I totally fall in love. Really, your story is amazing, and I’m curious to read the book. I graduated doesn’t make so much time, and I’m looking for a job, and in this time that I’m doing nothing, you showed up, and show me the way to make things happen to me. You inspired me so much. I just come here today to say thanks for this. I’ll go to read the book very soon, and I’m waiting for the courage come for to make the plan you gave to me comes up. Thank you very very much!

Ps: Sorry for my English mistakes!!



7:00 PM  
Blogger macco said...

Hi Julie,

Im Robert from San Juan, Puerto Rico and I just watched the movie it was great... Im a blogger ( and Im a foodie!... Great story...

Wish u the best!

San Juan, PR

9:54 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey Julie

My name's Claudio and I am a college student in Pennsylvania. I'm from Chile and I just wanted to say that even there, Julia Child's recipes are seen in some small places as an American Art. I have just recently watched Julie and Julia and found the whole movie so uplifting. I myself am a creative writer and to dive into a task as that is truly an inspiration for us little writers who dream of New York. I've had a few publishing deals offered, but like we both know, it's hard to impress people with passion or talent. They hunt for a rare ruby in a field of diamonds.

I wanted to ask you how you get started publishing your story. Your seem like a headstrong girl and your story really opened the writer inside me. Yet, my confidence as writer is somewhat shaky. I think if I could show it to an editor of any kind and just got an honest reaction, that would cease my worry by alot.

Anyways, good luck in all your future literary endeavors [ although doing all of Julia Child's recipes in a year is already a huge endeavor]!

Best of luck,


11:01 PM  
Blogger Petri Ruotsalainen said...

Hi Julie,
Sunny springtime greetings from Finland.

I just watched the movie Julie&Julia movie dwd and just checked your if blog was real. Keep on blogging and cooking and all the best for life :)

Love:Petri Ruotsalainen,
Iisalmi, Finland.

12:06 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You go ahead and cuss a blue streak, Julie! Why not? This is America, last I checked, eh?
And cheers on the Health Care Bill too!

12:38 AM  
Blogger Aurora said...

89 comments? Maybe you do not read mine. But....I do anyway.
Yesterday I saw your film and I realized that I have to fight more for my dream.

Thank you!


3:10 AM  
Blogger Keeper said...

Julie, best wishes and congrats on staying true to who you are:)Sorry to learn about loosing your doggie friend:( Do you have a dog now?
I would love for you to meet Keeper, the Beagle. Some say Beagles are loud...Maybe they have something important to say?:)You like to read... Would you be interested in Keeper's adventures?
You can contact me at
When will you be around Asheville, WNC? I would love to meet you. You are so cooooool!:)Halina

6:59 AM  
Blogger Miss. Ardeth Blood said...

I'm reading Cleaving right now, the chapter on sausage making and all I have to say is ... food porn. LOL
I love your style. You think like I do.

Can't wait for your 3rd book!

8:06 AM  
Blogger Jo-Ann said...

Hi! Julie,

I'm a French Canadian from Montreal,Quebec.I'm so glad that we have HealthCare here.It is a big +.
On another subject:Thank you to give me back Julia Child in my life.I really like to do her recipes and it feels and tastes so good.
Thank you xx

10:35 AM  
Blogger Evensen said...

Hey Julie,

I just wanted to let you know that I looooooooooooooove the movie and it has inspired me to (once again) try picking up french cooking.

Are you up to anything new? Or just blogging? :) Well I guess I'll just have to keep looking out for it.

Bye now.

4:13 PM  
Blogger jody said...

I just finished your "Julie & Julia" book, after seeing the movie (hilarious) and you are even funnier in print! What a gem!

5:10 PM  
Blogger Mad Madam said...

Hi Julie,
I'm from Brasil, and at now i'm watching a amazing movie!
Is about you!
It's absolutly fantastic!
Sorry about my terrible english!
So that's all!
luck for you
Maria Paula Meira
Sao Paulo,SP-Brasil

8:20 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Love your friends analogy..."watered down as a beer in a Utah bar." good one! I too, am happy. It is a start at least. I am reading your book Julie and Julia and loving it. I find myself laughing out loud on a regular basis. Thanks, Amy

10:04 PM  
Blogger Paula said... an award for you

8:12 AM  
Blogger Tayná said...


I'm from Brasil and I'm here just to tell u that I've just watched the movie "Julie & Julia". And do u know what? I love it!!!!
I'm in love with ur life, and now I feel that I born to cook....
I REALLY hope u to answer me!It will make me feel very happy! :)
Sorry about my bad english, I just couldn't end the night without come here and write something for u in ur blog.

my email is:

bye bye, xoxo!

5:15 PM  
Blogger Gladys said...

At least you guys may get to actually see a reform. I live in Mexico and I've been hearing about the coming public health reform for about as long as 40 years and it's still the same inhuman, decadent institution it has always been...and no winds of change in the near future

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very inspired by your story.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Ginny said...

Let me start by saying--I'm an "Independent" voter.
I'm very confused with the comments about the healthcare "reform" that are being left here.
A very good family friend of ours lives in Germany. She pays more in taxes annualy for healthcare than what she would pay for a private plan in the U.S.She has been diagnosed with cancer and is on a 5-year waiting list for treatment. She paid into the system her whole for over 50 years, only to sit like a waiting duck... to die. As with so many others in Germany, her hope is that she can attain private health care. Her daughter is trying to get her help in the U.S.
The U.S. is information saturated, yet the information is incorrect. Our family friend also brought to our attention that hypochondriacs swamp the doctors offices and hospitals. If you're curious about the effectiveness of government... anything,look at government-- active. If you had the money to put your kids in a private school, would you? This new bill doesn't deal with the elephant in the room. We need to attack the real problems with healthcare. I'm not suggesting we shouldn't do anything, I'm stating we need to address the real problems (insurance fraud,suits,pharmaceutical co's, etc...). It's not logical to compete with your own money, which is what this plan suggests. Let's get smarter, not more information muddled.

8:46 PM  
Blogger The Hiltzologist said...

Julie... From a literary sense, what are your thoughts on the over usage of profanities? Does it help our hurt or is it reserved for effect? Could you expound being that you are published and have the experience and a strong command of the "foul territory".


12:02 PM  
Blogger Winzhy said...

Hi Julie,

Just finished watching Julie and Julia. Actually my friend just recommended it to me. Its really nice, I love it! Next target is to get a copy of your book.

I'm not really into blogs but because of you i created my own account. :D

Keep it up girl!

4:48 PM  
Blogger movieman said...


I didn't know how else to reach you so I figured this might work. I saw the movie the other day and having my own blog site, I was wondering what you did to get people to notice your blog.

My blog - - has been up since November and I am writing to myself; not one person has read my blog. I bought a Blogging for Dummies book and that says nothing about getting noticed by search engines. Trying to follow the various descriptions of how to optimize the search online
fall on deaf ears as I am not that tech savvy.

Maybe you can help me.

Thanks and best regards


12:04 PM  
Blogger Tania Rose Bentancort said...

i was very excited once i watched the movie and how it all happened with just blogging i have started to blog and could use and tips/advise your are so inspiration

1:22 AM  
Blogger Claudia Gregori said...

Hello, Julie.

I just saw your film "Julia & Julie" and found it very inspiring. I live in England, but I am originally from Brazil and I am sure this film is also a very big success there. I am not into cooking, but I love the parts in the film where it showed how driven you were to be a writer and, at the same time, deal with people close to you who were critical of everything you do (your mother). I bet she is very proud now. Anyway, I got curious and I will be following yor blog. Wonderful film!! An inspiration to the rest of us out there! Thank you.

3:53 AM  
Blogger Claudia Gregori said...

Hello, Julie.

I just saw your film "Julia & Julie" and found it very inspiring. I live in England, but I am originally from Brazil and I am sure this film is also a very big success there. I am not into cooking, but I love the parts in the film where it showed how driven you were to be a writer and, at the same time, deal with people close to you who were critical of everything you do (your mother). I bet she is very proud now. Anyway, I got curious and I will be following yor blog. Wonderful film!! An inspiration to the rest of us out there! Thank you.

3:54 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

hi julie, i'm brazil and watch movie "Julie & Julia"... i want read you book now...
sorry, i not write in english very well...
i really like your "history"...

1:19 PM  
Blogger The Kid In The Front Row said...

If you're writing something that gets people riled up, then it's definitely something you should be writing.. when no-one cares, that's when it's time to give up!

Congrats on the Healthcare, you American people deserve it!

2:12 PM  
Blogger A Scattering said...

I guess those who object to your foul mouth forget about the fact that it's YOUR blog and if they're that offended they can use their free will and not read it. Personally I enjoyed Julie and Julia the movie but saw it after I read the book and felt the one thing it was missing was your foul mouth.... Cheers Julie, have a great weekend!

5:17 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hello Julie! I'm from Argentina! I didn't know where to send you a comment or e-mail so I'm going to do it right here! I just saw the movie "Julie and Julia". I know, I know...I'm a little bit late! hahaha. I loved it! I loved your story! The first thing I did was to visit your blog! Congratulations on everything you've achieved so far!
Besos y abrazos! María Lía
PS: I want the book! I want to cook!!!!

9:11 PM  
Blogger PostTwórca said...


I watched a movie on the basis of your book. video is very cool. I also write a blog (unfortunately only in Polish), so I thought I'd find your blog and add a comment. sorry for my English, I do not speak good English. I embrace you and good luck. Your fan from Poland

7:14 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Just saw the movie Julie and Julia, and loved it. Although the ending could have provided a bit more closure. Actually made me want to get off my ass and start cooking again ! Good job Julie!
- Canadian Dave

10:49 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

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10:50 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

I'm from Canada. We have "free" health care, not that free when you consider we pay about 42% in taxes, here in Manitoba anyway, 7% sales tax and 5% GST (Goods and Service Tax, was only supposed to be on a few things, now it's pretty much everything) and you have to wait 2 hours at the walk-in clinic to get in or 6- 9 hours at emergency at a hospital.

I haven't read much on what you are being offered by your government as far as health care goes, but if it's the same as here, get ready for long lines!

I saw the movie just the other day and it inspired me to write a blog on banks here in my country, and as the frustration kicks in with dealing with banks it makes me want a hug and a kiss from my old crushes from tv and the movies when I was a kid. Yes, I'm separated and single at the moment, can you tell?

I don't want to cook because of the movie, but I sure want someone to cook it for me and I would definitely eat it! My only problem with my blog is I am not a writer, more of a wait a justified complainer! Anyway, I am also long winded and I am very happy you succeeded!

Rob Carson

11:07 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

I should also mention I'm not against free health care but taxes will go up.

11:12 AM  
Blogger stacey said...

man oh man, do I agree with you!

and I live in Utah, so I appreciate the "watered down beer" reference. It's a crazy state and (thank goodness) I'm not a native. We moved here for the job and are still trying to figure it all out.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Julio Caballero said...

Dear Julie,
My name is Julio Caballero, im from México, live in Mérida, Yucatán, im about to have 30, i dont finish anythig of my many ideas, i have a job that i like but is not what i want for me; and today, today for the first time i saw your movie and i get shock. You give me hope, really, i just want it to know it. Today i´ll begin my blog, right here, hope you can step by, it will be in spanish, if you speak it or understand it i´ll be very greatful if you write me something, i know you are very bussy, and i understand if you can´t, any way, you do soo much for me right now. Thank you for telling the world how wonderful life is (like the song) and say thanks to your housband too for all the support he gives you, wish i have a girl who supports me too, but its ok! You´ll be for me, like Julia was for you. Au revoir!

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Julie,

I saw the movie based on the true stories. I must tell you I love each and every detail. Like you fell in love with Julia, I think most of us fell in love with you.

I wish you and Eric a happy life. It is a great thing for a writer to find audience and to keep them there. They soon become family.

I am 21 years a old, an aspiring writer and when my own fears of never being published or known kicked in, I read about your story.

I wish we can meet one day. I am all the way in Toronto.

Just want to say that its 357 AM in morning, and I am glad that you shared your life and story with us all.


12:57 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm with you on the healthcare thing, it's a start.

I read your 2nd book, but saw the movie of your first book. Liked it but knew there was much more to you.

Your 2nd book is ballsy and I admire you for writing it. It's like "Undercover boss" in a way, there is an altar ego that is not a twit, ass or little Hitler. But a person who cares about Humanity. You shared some deep stuff there and your experience, the re-telling of it. Helped a lot! A shitload.

1:57 PM  
Blogger Payal Doshi said...

I was touched my watching Julia & Julie. You inspired me so much. We share the same bday and I know it is right around the corner. I was wondering if I could speak to you there is so much insight or inspirational help I would like to get from you. My blog is or you can reach me at I appreciate your time.

3:07 PM  
Blogger eminwoburn said...

Hi there, easter greetings from the uk,
i just wanted to say iv just watched the film,,,you have inspired me ,,thank you,
from a slightly lost soul x

5:01 PM  
Blogger Abbington Green Bed and Breakfast, Asheville NC said...

Dear Julie,
I just watched Julie/Julia for the first time. I say that because I will watch it hundreds more. The thing is, when the movie came out I said to my friends, "I did that!". Well, not in 365 days and not in on a blog (there were no blogs in the early 1970s!)But I, too, loved food and artistic creations and the joy it could bring, so I "made my way through" her books, including the most marvelous mayonnaise I have ever eaten.
I confess, to this day (and in my mid-60s with a bed & breakfast in Asheville) I have never made tripe! But Julia's, cooked so slowly, overnight at a very low temperature, is surely the only one I will ever attempt!
Continue to 'wear the mantle' well as inspiration for so many other cooks to pick up Julia's lovely books - and those wonderful TV shows (and Dan Ackroyd, too!)

2:43 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Jex said...

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12:38 PM  
Blogger torylicious12 said...

Hi this comment is totally different than my attempted one that made my flippin computer go nuts so here's the revised version:

Hi :) Even though you probably won't take the time to read this especially since i am the 129th commentor and are 8 days late after your post, i would like to thank you for writing your book. It was so valuable to me, I even got to read it for one of my many book reports this year. Your book was great and even realated to Christians whos parents are conservatives like me.

So, thank you thank you thank you for writing and continuing to blog.

-a 7th grader in Florida

7:08 PM  
Blogger Shonna said...

You can't cook and not have potty mouth from time to time. Whenever I bake I swear there is a pluthera of sassy profanity spilling out whenever anything goes wrong. Good for you for supporting the health care bill and I've gained a tremendous amount of respect for you in this one post. Makes me wish I hadn't been working @ the bakery when you were speaking in Missoula!

5:28 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I just watched your movie - it was great! and fun! I found that I love Julia Child, and her sweet husband, and you two, well you are not too bad either. Thanks! My husband and I of 35 years watched it, laughed, and immediately fried some bread in butter, and sauted pepper & onions & tomotoes &mushrooms in butter and found it was a wonderful supper (had to improvise - didn't have your cookbook).
Say all the bad words you want to, makes me feel less naughty (ha! the older you get I mean, why not!)And you are a Democrat! How wonderful! Well off subject but just checking in for the first time. I'll be checking in again from time to time.

Again - thanks!
Gail from Missouri

6:02 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I think your foul mouth is exceedingly charming. Keep it up!

5:28 PM  
Blogger paminnewzealand said...

Julie - never mind the foul language - change of subject - BUTTER - you are so right, everything tastes better with butter - Y*M

1:31 AM  
Blogger Absolom said...

Hey, Julie

Last night, I saw your film based on your book (with my girlfriend), very interesting and inspiring. I have a blog where I post some advices, criticisms and other things that people request. I am inspired because Eric is like me and my girlfriend is exactly like you (not literally), thank to you.


8:37 AM  
Blogger Absolom said...

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8:38 AM  
Blogger Absolom said...

Oh, sorry, I read your post but I'm not interested in Politics, hehe. Sometimes, It's to not say nothing, it's the same with religion... fuck.

-Edit: Sorry, mispell.-

8:40 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi there long-time lurker, first-time poster...

And before I start let me preface my comment by stating that, no I am not a Utah native - and while stuck in the land of the lost, I was born and raised in Germany, so when it comes to talking beer I have a clue.

The famous 3.2% Utah Beer myth:
1. Beer sold in grocery stores in Utah measures ABW (Alcohol by Weight) instead of ABV (Alcohol by Volume). If you convert the 3.2 ABW into ABV it becomes 4.0 - which does sadly put most beer brewed to Utah standards in the light category. Strangely enough, however, Guinness Draught - you know, the beer thick enough to cut with a knife - comes in at about 4.0-4.2% ABV (and no, Guinness does not brew differently depending on what state it goes to).
2. There are locally brewed high quality and "high-point" beers available, such as Wasatch Beers "Devastator Double Bock" which comes in at 8% ABV.
3. For such crappy, watered-down, low quality beer, Utah beers have sure won a crapload of awards from competitions/associations such as the North American Beer Awards, Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup, European Beer Star, and the North American Brewers' Association.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

P.S.: I didn't say our liqour laws aren't bizarre sometimes (i.e. the 8%er I was talking about - you have to buy that in a state-liqour store), just that the beer here is not as bad as people think it is...

9:36 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I just watched Julie and Julia and enjoyed it... even though I don't share your passion for cooking, although my hubby does.

I guess I will be one of the few on here who will say... I am not happy about the new health care bill. I don't like the govt telling me who I can and can't see. I can think for myself, although the govt seems to think we all need them to do the thinking for us.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

Yea, just throw out that silly Constitution that has gotten us this far, who needs it after all? Read a book for me, "Big Black Book of Communism" and watch a movie also, "The Goebbels Experiment."

The rest of us do not hate those people who can't afford health insurance, we simply believe in not STEALING from the rest of us to pay for it! The price to pay is far too high, as seen in the book and movie above. Silly pinkies, when will you ever learn that Communism and Socialism don't work! Well, unless you call 100 million deaths in one century alone working.

No worries it will be overturned, as you can't force people to do what you want, thus stealing their free will from them. The votes will show exactly what I mean.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Justine in Buffalo said...

Just finished watching the movie based on your book and it was such an inspiration. It was a great portrayal once again of the words we have heard over and over..."Do what you love and the money will follow" or "Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." Thank you Julie for inspiring others.


12:04 PM  
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10:32 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Hi Julie,
I just got done watching your movie. It was awesome! Anyway, I am a Christian, but I am also a Democrat. Weird, huh? As I was saying, I believe that everyone should have health care, not only the 'privileged'. If no one wanted it, then why was Obama voted in??? Yay health care!!!!

11:22 PM  
Blogger Lobik said...

Just saw the movie and loved it. First time looking at your blog. The health care bill is a disaster, so I'm not so crazy about your politics, but I'm not "riled up." Just a new fan.

1:25 AM  
Blogger Reb-us said...

Hi Julie!
I just want to tell you that me and my parents watched the movie "Julie & Julia" this afternoon. I've really appreciated it and my parents too.
I'm an italian girl who loves writing and I loved your story, I just want to give you my regards, You're great! Without any doubt!
Forgive me if my english isn't perfect and I've made some mistakes.

Greetings from Italy!

1:37 PM  
Blogger crazy blogger said...

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Stephanie Bell and i just felt compelled to express my admiration for the film July and Julia. I have not even finishhed the film and havve paused iit so manny times its not true. First to start a blog, 2nd i laughed so hard i choked and hadd a near death encounter and now to find out who wroote this inspired movie. I was then compelled to write something to her. I scribbled down my thoughts and got back onto google. Not to be defeated whhen finding nothing i decided i'd put myself out on a limb and search for her publisher. Clearly you understand the genius of this wonderful lady too and i felt confidedent that you would help me with my mission. I would be forever gratteful if yyouu could find any way possible to forward this message to the lady herself!

I must add i am in the process of having some kind of breakdown and count myself lucky to be alive. Thoughts havve starrted floooding out of me and im compelled to put them on paper, or envelopes, anything to hand really. i thought if anyone ccould appreciate this Nora Ephron could.

Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou Nora. I truly believe you have played a major part in my journey annd i will be forever greattful!!!!

Before i press play to see the outcome. Ohh will julia ever like july im going to have a quick google andd see whatelse youve done!!

Your new number one fan!!!!!!1

with love xxxxx

Oh my god! (without the god for me too by the way) I have just got to the end of your amazing movie and found out you were the lady responsible!!!!!!!!! Things are just ggettting spookier by the minute!! (p.s my nhs employers pushed me into this breakdown and my sisterr is composing a letter as we speak, or as i type should i say. For the first time in my life all the self help books, every cliche i ever heard all make sense. And to top it off i'm not scared this is an episode of mania anymore, if it is so whatt. Justt look at Julia, who's planett was she from and who the hell cares.

Steph xxxx
I know something big is happening. I'm on a quest! Good luck with yours, (cant wait to read your other book, im still panicking on leaving the house but i will send someone to buy it today) Truly truly truly thankyou!


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3:08 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Well if you want the damn health care bill you can have the damn health care bill and the damn taxes to go with the damn health care bill, along with the damn president that wanted the damn health care bill, and the damn congress that passed the damn health care bill for the damn president that wanted the damn health care bill regardless of how the damn public felt about the damn health care bill.

Do you get how I feel about the damn health care bill?

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4:51 AM  
Blogger Monique Oliveira said...

Hello Julie! I watched the movie, Julie & Julia, and I loved it! I'm a writer too, but not cooking books, but would love one day to follow all the recipes of Julia Child's book, and you were very persistent and courageous, who succeeded to get where I wanted, I admire that in you. A big hug!
Monique from Brazil.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Shalz Nair said...

hey julie

i just saw the movie. its was quite good. ahev been blogging myself and wondering if its worth any effort. there are a lot many questions i keep answering for others and forget that what i do is for my happiness and not necessarily to pelase anyone. i wonder hwo you life is like...

i knwo nothign about you. but it feel good to knwo that youa re a real person and not jsut a character in a movie...

Keep it going


11:08 AM  
Blogger Polly James (aka Molly Bennett) said...

Hi Julie

Just came across your blog following a (late) recommendation from a friend, and read this post with interest.

I work for a Member of Parliament in the UK and write a satirical political blog in which I am often very critical of our UK political system, but your delight in obtaining a US version of the healthcare that we in the UK take so much for granted was a salutary reminder that politics and politicians CAN still achieve good things.

Thanks for making my working life feel meaningful again, and for your well-deserved success!

8:13 PM  
Blogger ilona saari said...

I'm w/ you Julie -- as someone who's worked in political press on and off most of my career and was a Deputy Press Sec. to Pres. Carter and a celebrity speech writer for the Clinton-Gore campaigns and a DNC blogger for Obama - I couldn't be more thrilled. This bill is already helping families and it's just the begining.

11:49 AM  
Blogger ilona saari said...

PS - Foul mouth is my middle name --

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11:52 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

I just finished your movie and wanted to find out more about you. Sad to say that I'm disappointed to see that you're a weirdo who wanted the healthcare bill passed. Really? Let's put one more thing in the governments control so they can trash it. I thought the movie was cute though. Congrats on your success....

6:34 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

I had such hope for that bill and I have to admit to being super disappointed. It's not just watered down but it actually is designed to hurt small business owners and those that cannot afford insurance...I mean, without making health insurance affordable for all, and making it illegal to go without it, well, that just sucks. There are some perks as well though (such as insurance companies no longer being allowed to turn you down for pre-existing conditions), I realize this. I'm torn.

I will say this: we are paying about $550 a month for our family to have health insurance, plus co pays (about $100 or so, much higher if I have a flare up of my condition..long story). My husband works for the state, so this is pretty much as good as it gets in terms of health care packages. And that's for Kaiser Permenente, with which is like the Mc Donalds of health care. You are totally treated like a number there. I'm considering switching to Blue Cross/Blue Shield but that would be like $700/mo and the co pays would be higher. Ouch.

I appreciate your foul mouth too. I have one as well.

10:21 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Its hard work getting on your blog. I live in New Zealand & I have the movie about Julie & Julia. It is a great movie & I want to do what you have done,but I will not be able to do it in 365 days. I will try to do it in 730 days.I am 60 years old,so that gives me some space I hope. I still work full time & I have grandchildren. No excuse,I know.I am willing to try.

5:51 AM  
Blogger a true proud american said...

You are without a doubt one of the most self-centered, egotistical people that I've ever had the displeasure to learn about... And you disrespected one of the pioneering, great chefs of our time, you twit (and that's being polite)... So what if Julia Child was a virgin when she met Paul Child, back in the days of yore, in the 1940's, good girls, which apparently you are not one of, did not have sex until their wedding night... And the fact that you called Julia a "bitch", well it's no wonder she didn't like your blog !!!! As for your comment today about leaving the "God" out of Tiny Tim's quote, don't be surprised if when it's your time, and you get turned away at the "pearly gates", you have no one to blame but yourself, you deserve to rot in hell, although our Father God and our Lord Jesus, love all of their children no matter how bad the are... Also, maybe something Julia didn't know at the time when she wrote her fantastic, ground breaking cook book... But when you poach an egg, you need to put between 1/8th to 1/4th of a teaspoon of white vinegar in the water.. No the egg won't taste like vinegar...This way when the water comes to a boil and you crack your egg into the water the white part of the egg will NOT spread all over the pot and will adhere to the yolk better... Further more, how can you call yourself a "GOOD AMERICAN" when this country was built on the philosophy of "ONE NATION UNDER GOD" !!! It's so nice to hear that you agree about the new health plan that the anti-Christ, Mr. Obama has come up with, you two deserve one another.. GROW UP YOU ARROGANT, SMALL MINDED CHILD and yes, I said child as there is no way that you are an adult, your blog proves that, over and over again... I still can't understand what any man sees in you, except the publicity and a paycheck... May God bless you and your saint of an ex-husband !!! You are a serial cheater and obviously don't believe in the wedding vows you took, is it any wonder that your ex-husband cheated on you to, you belong in the scum of the earth bucket !!! May the good Lord help you...

12:27 AM  
Blogger The Jewel Age said...

Well, Julie, I don't care about your mouth as it goes in type on this very internet. Please look at one of my blog posts about you. It seems to be one of the most off-subjects I seemed to have ever blogged, which is terrible, which you might understand. Give me hope with chicken, roasted at the perfection with rarely salted potatoes on top.
Your spontaneous sport,

7:59 PM  
Blogger Helga said...

Hi Julia,

Just saw the movie about you and I was very glad to see that you´re still blogging. :) Congrats on everything.

Another kiss and hug from Brazil (saw that you had some hellos from here). :)

7:40 PM  
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update this thing already

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everyone on here is a wanker or weiner, take your pick. how's your change now, dumbshits?!

9:05 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

I recently moved from the U.S. to Canada. While in the U.S. I had a great job with one of those great health care plans. I am with you in that at least there is a start for universal health care in the States, however it will be a huge boon to the pharmaceutical and health insurance companies.

Here in Canada, I will pay about 580.00 a "year" for my health care - I shudder to think what the insurance companies will charge a month in the U.S. Also, my current medicine costs about 1,000 per month in the U.S. Here in Canada I will pay no more than about 78.00 per month.

Maybe one day, the United States will find the right way to do this too.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow. You have no friggin' clue about the healthcare debacle. Doing the wrong thing is never better than doing nothing. Never. Yes, a reform needs to happen...but the answer is not the bloated, gov't take over of anything. Never is.

As for the foul mouth, I don't get why so many people make such a big deal about cussing. I use the F word more than most and never apologize for it.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Eliza said...

I just want to say, your movie was amazing, but now that I have read both of your blogs I believe that was due to the director and not so much yourself. Julia was right for her opinions, you do use the F bomb too much and Obama is an Idiot. I really liked you and sympathized with you in the movie, Afterwards I looked for your blogs and discovered that I didn't so much sympathize with you, It's just how the movie portrayed you. The Health Care is idiotic and I cant wait till Obama is elected out of office, he has screwed our nation up way too much.

Im leaving this comment here, anyone can reply, although I wont reply back as I made this little google account just for this purpose. I dont expect you to keep my post up here either, as you seem to be 'delete' happy with most posts that talk you down. I know you probably wont like this and will delete it, that is fine with me, it just goes to show how much of a socialist you are.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Julie I watched the film based on your book and felt inspired. I read you blog and suddenly felt sad and broken...

What is the joy of life with no hope, no God? We just like food are perishable and can't cling to this existence forever. My heart goes out to you - God Bless.

8:49 PM  
Blogger M said...

Basically... you are immature for using foul language.

Did you ever learn to use proper language to express your thoughts and feelings?

You also need to learn how to spell, I cannot read any of this garbage without coming across a spelling error.

You act like a child, not an adult.

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Blogger Ian Low said...

hi julie,

i just watched the movie based on u and julia .. and quite frankkly i been inspired to do my own blog 2 weeks ago and is enjoyin talkin about food and cooking my own creations and sharing with the world

its an amazing liberating process and one i wondered why it took me so long to realise and get into.

nevertheless, i just wanted to drop you a note to say thanks for the inspiration and all the best to you :)

i will be hopin to get a copy of your own book soon and now, i am enjoyin my new persona as the silver chef.

look for me sometime at my blog if u hv the time ... jus google the silver chef blog :)

7:04 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

Hi Julie!I just can't believe...i have seen the film recently and had to rewatch ober and over is something that i have never ever seen before!!!!!it is so simple, so nice, so wonderful!!!!!!!You are very original and talented!I am a hungarian girl from Italy and i am really happy that i have found you!!!so many congratulations and God Bless You Too!!!!!!!!!!!

4:19 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

Hi Julie!I just can't believe...i have seen the film recently and had to rewatch ober and over is something that i have never ever seen before!!!!!it is so simple, so nice, so wonderful!!!!!!!You are very original and talented!I am a hungarian girl from Italy and i am really happy that i have found you!!!so many congratulations and God Bless You Too!!!!!!!!!!!

4:20 AM  
Blogger Marialuisa said...

Hi Julie from Spain. I´ve just started my new blog, fancy a good read?,

4:32 AM  
Blogger Kori said...

You are all fooled by this you will see in time!When the money runs out we will all be in trouble!
I want great health Care not what the government SAYS I can have. Thats why poeple from Canada and other countries come here for operations they want great care and they don't want to wait!!!

10:09 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Excelent Job Julie!
your history is amazing!!!
Janneth from Barcelona!

2:24 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Just watched Julie and Julia on DVD - it is inspiring! Re the health care - we in Australia appreciate it. Many people would not be able to afford health care without the scheme, and I am sure many in the US can not afford a stay in hospital. It is amazing that so many people can be convinced to vote against their own best interests, just because rich conservatives make it sound like a communist idea!

2:46 PM  
Blogger Izzy said...

Hi Julie! Im sure weather yous still read all the comments, but i wanted to let you know, I am 16 years old and i have a love for cooking. My favorite thing to bake is desserts! I must say that i first heard of you through the movie! bit since then i myself have been obsessed with you and your blog! I just wanted to thank you! for every time i read or watch the movie or read your book or blogs, i want to cook more and more! Thank you! Im so glad you pulled through on this! ANd if you read this! thats so cool and i hope you do, so taht you may know that only are you reaching out to the elders, or the middle aged but also us teenagers! I have a friend who hates kitchens and cooking/baking and i told her she should read your book so she did and now she loves it and every time she comes over we watch the movie and cook something from Julia childs cookbook! :)

thank you!

11:16 PM  
Blogger Izzy said...

Hi there!
Julie, I just wanted to thank you for all you have done! I really appreciate it all! Just wanted to let you know that I a 16 year old girl with no mother,a love for Franc and anything french, ive been learning the language since i was 4 years old, and a love for cooking was really inspired by you! I am so thank full that you pulled through and didnt give up!

Im sorry to say that the way i first became aware of you was through the movie, But ever since i have been even more obsessed with baking and yourself and Julia Child! I've read your books a countless amount of times and Julia Childs and I own the movie!

I have a little story to tell you! Im sure if you still read all the comments or what happens or even if you have read this far in to my comment but my little story goes a little like this! :)

I have a friend who used to hate baking and cooking and kitchens and all the stuff i absolutely adore, but this one time she came to stay for a week with me and during this week i gave her your novel to read and told her that she must read it! as it is one of my favorites and she read it! and once she read it she herself fell in love with baking and cooking and kitchens and food! we then watched the movie and now everytime she comes over we watch the movie and cook something from Julia Childs cook book!

SO i guess what im am really trying to say is that you are an encouragement to not only the elders and middle aged but also to us teenagers! And to that i am greatly thankfull for!

Thank you Julie!

11:26 PM  
Blogger Jams and Books said...

Julie, I love the political comments! Thanks, fellow liberal. I'm only part way Julie & Julia, where have I been? I LOVE IT! Carolyn

11:22 AM  
Blogger thieza said...

Dear Julie,
I´m from Brazil and I've just seen the movie Julie and Julia. That was amazing, i became your fan immediately cause i feel like you in the beggining of the story, desmotivate with life... You must have be proud of your courage and for the lesson that you gave to thousand desmotivate people that you certainly help whit your example (including me...) Thank you and congratulations for the success, you deserve that!! love, Maria Thereza Oliveira - Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

all i can say if it is true that the movie feature the real thing i salute you madame..:))

10:04 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

When it's repealed are you going to write another book? "What could have happened that destroyed the healthcare system, but didn't since clearer minds prevailed?"

The movie was good, funny, and without Meryl Streep as Julia Child's would have been relegated to the $4 DVD bin at Walmart. Only in America could someone pull off a con like this, reminds me of the 2008 election.

3:44 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

Profanity improves the flavor of eggs that are suspended in aspic.
I'll stop swearing on the day that I can buy marrow in powdered form.
Until then,

I loved reading "Julie and Julia".
I'm your fan for life.

11:54 AM  
Blogger howtoacenursingschool said...

You are truly an unusual person. With you background from Amherst, I would have totally expected you to be against the healthcare reform. I work at a county hospital so I really have my ear to the ground at the grass roots level. It is an atrocity that America has historically been so selfish as to preserve the right of a (relative) few to have unlimited wealth (i.e. doctors), while the health of the nation has gone down the tubes. I do now believe that the AMA is truly one of the most powerful entities in the nation. With respect to the commenter from Europe. I was amazed that in at least some countries free healthcare is truly for everyone --including non-citizens. I had a professor whose husband became ill while on holiday in Paris. He had a major surgery, etc. while there --free of charge. What would have happened here? There is no such thing here as "free healthcare". In America truly nothing is free. Healthcare reform will simply make healthcare accessible to all (hopefully). I do believe that abortion is murder. My tax dollars should not go to support what I believe is morally wrong--just as yours should not go to support my religion.

3:57 AM  
Blogger lib no more said...

so potty mouths
here we are in july of 2011- still happy with all that hope and change??
even happier now that you have read the bill

7:28 AM  
Blogger Marie-Claude said...

I agree with you, it may be watered down, but the essence is there. I feel and hope that once you start a universal health care program, you can't go back. So, hopefully, the States will end up with more and more over the years.
Here in Canada, we complain about the waiting lines and in some cases, months of waiting time, which I still do think is ridiculous, but the truth of the matter is, we have it, and it's free.


7:06 AM  
Blogger Sharita said...

So you don't believe in God?

5:09 PM  
Blogger Mike Woodring said...

I guess your foul mouth showed you that, in part, you wouldn't get Julia Child's endorsement.

When the movie about you and her came out, I loved it. But then I started reading your book and thought it was just disgusting. I was very disappointed that you were not what I expected.

So for me, Amy Adams IS Julie Powell and I am fine with that.

Based on your language and infidelity, it sounds like you might be a candidate to give up your atheism and give up your life to God.

Good luck.

9:05 AM  
Blogger cooking me said...

hey julie
well i am sure you must have heard this like millions of times before in your life"i am a big fan of yours"
:) :D

9:38 AM  
Blogger Tricia Holmes said...

Hi Julie,
Just finished watching your movie for the second time and I found it truly inspiring. I love to write, but even though it's your choice - apparently what I've gathered here - there is a lot of swearing and foul language in your writing and books.
It's disappointing, but each to their own. No one makes someone read a book that they don't want to read.
So if a book is well written, funny and some swearing is needed to convey the genre of the story, than it's fine with me. When swearing isn't needed then why use it. Again it's your life, your choice.

Re the health care in US. No-one here in Australia can figure out why on earth people in US don't want a free health care system. We have it in Australia. Bulk Billing at our local clinic and free out patients, emergency and operations at hospitals. People can also take out insurance if they want to go 'privately' with their own doctor etc.
It certainly has helped our family and we are very thankful for it. Everyone pays 1% in taxes and you don't notice it coming out of your pay.
Take care and enjoy life.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Have to say that you are right, yes, far from perfect BUT a step in the right direction. I think that the people that are against this bill are not those that need it...yet. I know all too well the merits of this bill. I have a daughter who has not been able to get out of bed for the most part since late 2011. She had a full scholarship to college, graduated and was onto graduate school with a fellowship and full tuition plus a stipend for the next five years. Didn't get past the first semester. Now losing her scholarship, she can, because of the way things are now, be put back on my insurance even though she is married. If not, her husband would have to give up his full graduate scholarship just to find a job that would give them both better insurance and enough money to live on. As it is, they are having to give up their modest apartment that they planned on living in for the next six years and are having to move into a mobile home that need major work. People lose focus if it doesn't affect them in the here and now or if it doesn't benefit them in anyway. Just want to say, love that you say it like you feel it!!!

2:14 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Have to say that you are right, yes, far from perfect BUT a step in the right direction. I think that the people that are against this bill are not those that need it...yet. I know all too well the merits of this bill. I have a daughter who has not been able to get out of bed for the most part since late 2011. She had a full scholarship to college, graduated and was onto graduate school with a fellowship and full tuition plus a stipend for the next five years. Didn't get past the first semester. Now losing her scholarship, she can, because of the way things are now, be put back on my insurance even though she is married. If not, her husband would have to give up his full graduate scholarship just to find a job that would give them both better insurance and enough money to live on. As it is, they are having to give up their modest apartment that they planned on living in for the next six years and are having to move into a mobile home that need major work. People lose focus if it doesn't affect them in the here and now or if it doesn't benefit them in anyway. Just want to say, love that you say it like you feel it!!!

2:14 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I think it's great your film and how do those dishes so exquisite, muchhos congratulations and you have more success.God bless you!

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The problem has always been that health ins. has been connected to employment. It should be completely separate. I have just got a part time job and have noticed that many more companies are employing part timers instead of full time. Terrible for the economy, terrible for workers, and terrible for employers who have to resort to this because of the health bill. All down hill from here, until the powers that be take another look at it and do the dang thing properly. I would also like to make note, that many churches and para churches established multi organizations for the welfare and educational benefit of many in need, but leave the God bit out if you wish.Have a happy Labour day, if your employer has given you the day off that is.

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