Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.
Harriet Van Horne
I saw Julie & Julia last night. I'm pretty sure I had a goofy smile on my face throughout the movie. It was charming, sweet, funny and very clever how Ephron seamlessly wove the story together of two very different but both talented women. One of my prized possessions is my signed Julia Child cookbook but I didn't know very much about her life in Paris and now after seeing the movie I want to read more. Ephron based the "Julia" story on Julia Child's book, My Life in France.
I was surprised how much my husband also liked the movie. But as a Cordon Bleu trained chef, he was also highly influenced by French cooking and Julia's show. The first recipes I ever made were French petit fours, French onion soup and boeuf Bourguignon.
I just read that Julia's cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 2 is again #1 on the Times Bestsellers List. Congrats to Julie Powell for helping to bring this American icon to the screen. Maybe it will inspire a whole new generation of people to cook.