Sunday, March 21, 2010

Julie & Julia

Last night, RD and I watched the movie Julie & Julia. It was SO good! If any of you even have the slightest interest in cooking, you'd truly appreciate this movie.

Plot Summary:
Julia Child and Julie Powell - both of whom wrote memoirs - find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends... until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible. Written by Columbia Pictures.

In 1949, Julia Child is in Paris, the wife of a diplomat, wondering how to spend her days. She tries hat making, bridge, and then cooking lessons at Cordon Bleu. There she discovers her passion. In 2002, Julie Powell, about to turn 30 and underemployed with an unpublished novel, decides to cook her way through "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in a year and to blog about it. We go back and forth between these stories of two women learning to cook and finding success. Sympathetic, loving husbands support them both, and friendships, too, add zest.
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It was truly inspiring! I just sat there in awe and wonder as I watched Julia Child (ok, Meryl Streep) walking the market streets of France, daily purchasing fresh meat and produce for her kitchen and culinary treats. How cool would that be?!!!

At the end of the movie, the credits revealed that Julia Child and her husband, Paul, lived to their 90's! Considering the richness of their diet, that seems profound to me. But then it struck me... ALL of the food they ate was homemade. It was pure. It was from scratch. It was whole/fresh foods. That, and they probably didn't overindulge either. Typically, Foodies like them don't gorge themselves on food, but rather take just enough to fully enjoy the flavor of their foods.

RD and I are pretty good about eating whole & fresh. But we like convenience, too. And soda. Ugh. (I admit it!) But it comes with a price.

Watching Julie and Julia inspired both RD and I to eat more real foods. It's far better to eat rich but "real" than to eat the alternative...

1 comment:

annkroeker said...

I was just watching the preview to Jamie Oliver's "Food Revolution" and that's his big idea, too--to eat wholesome, basic foods made from scratch. It's so simple, but the typical American diet is so far from that, we have to fight to get back to the basics!

Many, many years ago, I read a book by Stormie Omartian, and I've always remembered how she phrased it: Always choose food that's as close to how God made it as possible.