Julie & Julia

A Delicious Movie

Add a touch of cinematic inspiration, heart ache, dreams, hard work, a dash of determination, light cooking, and a pinch of Meryl Streep's great acting, then viola. Bon Apetit! "Julie & Julia" is based off two different stories of two women that find their purpose in life through cooking. The first story involves Julia Childs, famous cook book author, as she lives out her days in France. Where it shows how she became involved in cooking professionally; which inevitably led to her printing her first book, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" which was published in the U.S.A. in 1961. Intertwined with Julie Powell's daily blogs, as she attempts to sacrifice her love life, career, and friends in the pursuit trying to cook every single recipe in Julia Childs' first book, within a full calendar year. Both stories offer a rather interesting perspective, as the viewer is able to see the similarities and differences between Julie Powell and Julia Childs' life style as they risk it all in their love for cooking. Meryl Streep being the legendary acting veteran lends her wit and charm to the movie, which makes it truly enjoyable. Although the story tends to fall into a lot of cliches and unanswered questions, it's still a pretty great film to watch. "Julie & Julia" is definitely a must see film for anyone to feast their eyes on.

Meryl Streep was brilliant in her portrayal of the legendary chef, as she is able to bring a sense of charismatic charm and a grounded persona to the character. Which allows for the viewer to see the woman behind the icon, so audiences could easily relate to her. Learning the art of cooking and succeeding in a profession that's primarily dominated by men. Julia Childs was one of the chefs responsible for introducing French cuisine to the United States. Which makes it appropriate that she gets portrayed so well by a legendary actress.

Then we have Amy Adams whom plays the role of Julie Powell. Although her story tends to be a bit cliched at times, Amy still manages to shine through as a struggling office temp trying to become famous through her online blogs. Sadly, she does have a tendency to over act a bit in a few of the scenes, but it doesn't ruin the movie.

The story line for both characters is rather intriguing and unique as they both seem to intertwine with each other so naturally in the movie, that the viewer can't help but feel enthralled into the experience.

Unfortunately, the story does leave a few plot holes (i.e. why does Julia Childs despise what Julie Powell is doing through her blogs, as she writes about her experience cooking Childs' recipes). Sadly, the film never explores the details of this, as they only show Julia Childs through her early years as she tries to publish her first book. Therefore, the audience is never able to figure out the answer.

However, despite the short comings of "Julie & Julia", it's still a rather entertaining film to watch. Featuring a solid performance from Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, this film fails to disappoint. Like I said before, "Julie & Julia" is delicious masterpiece that will delight audiences.


Select Recipes of Julia Childs

For those who would love to try out some of Julia Childs' recipes, then feel free to look over a few select ones down below.  Featuring a recommended meal for each occasion whether it be for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desert. 

Cranberry-Walnut Pumpkin Loaves

Ingredients
 
Instructions
Two 2/3-3 cups bread flour (don't use all-purpose!)
 
Note: This bread has an overnight rise.
1 teaspoon cinnamon
 
[b]Mixingand Kneading[/b]: whisk 2 2/3 cup flour with the cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
 
Set aside.
1/2 teaspoon salt
 
Sprinkle the yeast on the water and allow to bloom about 5 minutes.
2 tablespoons tepid water (80 - 90 degrees F)
 
In a mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light.
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
 
Add the pumpkin and egg and beat until well blended.
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
 
Don't be concerned if the mixture looks curdled.
1/3 cup sugar
 
Set the mixer to low speed and add the yeast, then begin to add the dry ingredients about 1/2 cup at a time.
1 cup pumpkin puree or butternut squash, fresh or canned solid packed
 
As soon as the mixture starts to form a dough that comes together, scrape the paddle clean and switch to the dough hook.
1 large egg, room temp
 
If your dough doesn't come together (it might be because the pumpkin had too much liquid) add a bit more flour, a tablespoon at a time, until it does.
3/4 cup walnut pieces, toasted
 
Mix and knead the dough on med-low spped for 10-15 minutes, scraping down the bowl and dough hook now and then.
2/3 cup plump golden raisin or dark raisin
 
At the start, the dough will look more like a batter than a dough, but as you continue to work, it will develop into a soft, very sticky dough that will ball up on the hook.
2/3 cup cranberries (if frozen, thaw and pat dry)
 
The dough develops much the way brioche does.
 
 
With the machine on low speed, add the walnuts and raisins, mixing only until incorporated, about 1 minute.
 
 
Add the cranberries and mix as little as possible to avoid crushing them, although some cranberries will pop and stain a patch of the dough red; think of this as charming and proceed.
 
 
[b]FirstRise[/b]: scrape the dough into a lightly buttered large bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature to rise until nearly doubled- 2-3 hours.
 
 
[b]Chillingthe dough[/b]: when the dough has doubled, fold it over on itself a couple of times to deflate it, wrap it tightly in plastic and refrigerate overnight.
 
 
[b]Shapingthe dough[/b]: at least 6 hours before you want to begin baking, remove the dough from the refrigerator.
 
 
Leave it covered, in its bowl, until it reaches at least 64 degrees F on the insta-read thermometer.
 
 
This will take as long as 3-4 hours- don't rush it.
 
 
If you don't have an insta-read, look for the dough to be slightly cool and just a little spongy.
 
 
Lightly butter 2 loaf pans.
 
 
Working on a lightly floured surface, divide the dough in half and pat each piece of dough into a rectangle, keeping the short end facing you.
 
 
Start at the top and roll the dough toward you and seal the seam by pressing it with your fingertips.
 
 
Seal the ends, then place each roll in the pans, seams down.
 
 
[b]SecondRise[/b]: cover the pans lightly with a kitchen towel and allow to rise at room temperature for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the dough has nearly doubled.
 
 
It will rise to just above the rim of the pans.
 
 
[b]Baking[/b]:preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
 
 
Bake about 50-55 minutes or until deep golden.
 
 
Remove the pans to cooling racks.
 
 
After resting 5 minutes, turn the loaves out of the pans to cool to room temp.
 
 
The breads can be kept at room temperature for a day or two or frozen, wrapped airtight, for up to 1 month.
 
 
Thaw, still wrapped, at room temp.
 
 
They will bake in about 30 minutes if formed into the small loaves.
 
 
They definitely rise on the longer side of the time-table, but whatever you do, dont' rush the rising.
 
 
Give yourself 2 full days to make this.
This dish takes about at least 2 full days to make, and the directions must be followed precisely.

Deluxe Chicken or Turkey Salad

Ingredients
Garnishes
Instructions
6 cups skinless and boneless cooked chicken or cooked turkey, cut into bite size pieces
2 hard-boiled eggs
Season the chicken or turkey in a large mixing bowl with the salt, pepper, and oil.
salt
fresh parsley
Add lemon juice, herbs, celery, onions, romaine and optional walnuts- mix well.
freshly ground white pepper
3-5 slices of red pimentos
Taste and add more salt/pepper/lemon juice if required.
1 tablespoon light olive oil
 
Let mixture marinate for at least 10 minutes, tossing several times.
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
 
Drain any accumulated liquid out of the salad, then fold in just enough mayonnaise to coat the ingredients.
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
 
Garnish before serving, if desired.
1 teaspoon finely cut tarragon leaf or 1/4 teaspoon fragrant dried tarragon
 
Note: Salad may be prepared a day in advance; cover and refrigerate.
1 cup tender celery, diced
 
 
1/2 cup scallion or mild onion, minced
 
 
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
 
 
3/4 cup mayonnaise, preferably homemade
 
 
For those seeking a more healthy light meal from Julia Childs herself. Although, I don't know where you would get the homemade mayonnaise from, but I'm sure you can use the store bought brand.

French Roast Chicken

Ingredients
Baste
Instructions
3 lbs broiler-fryer chickens
2 tablespoons melted butter
Preheat oven to 425.
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cooking oil
Sprinkle the inside of the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt, and then smear in 1 tablespoon of the butter.
2 tablespoons softened butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
Truss and dry the chicken, and rub the skin with the other half of the butter.
1 small carrot, sliced
1/2 tablespoon minced shallot or green onion
Baste: Melt butter in a small saucepan with cooking oil.
1 small onion, sliced
1 cup brown chicken stock or canned chicken broth
Leave on stovetop with a basting brush for later use.
 
salt
Back to the chicken: Place the chicken, breast side up, in a shallow small roasting pan.
 
pepper
Scatter the veggies around it, and set it on the rack in the preheated oven.
 
1-2 tablespoon softened butter
Allow the chicken to brown slightly for 15 minutes, turning on the left side after 5 minutes, then onto the right side for the last 5 minutes.
 
 
Baste with butter quickly after each turn so that the oven does not lose a lot of heat.
 
 
Reduce heat to 350.
 
 
Leave chicken on its side, baste every 8 to 10 minutes, using the butter in the bottom of the roasting pan once you have used up all of the baste in your bowl.
 
 
Watch and adjust oven heat so that the chicken is noisy, but fat is not burning.
 
 
Halfway through estimated roasting time (which is 70-80 minutes; so after about 35 minutes), salt the chicken and turn it onto its other side.
 
 
Continue to baste regularly.
 
 
15 minutes before end of estimated roasting time, salt again and flip chicken breast side up.
 
 
Continue to baste regularly.
 
 
Chicken will be done when drumstick moves easily in socket and juices run a clear yellow.
 
 
Let sit on a platter 5 to 10 minutes before carving.
 
 
Remove all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the roasting pan.
 
 
Stir in shallot or onion and cook slowly for 1 minute.
 
 
Add stock and boil rapidly over high heat, scraping up bits that are stuck in the pan witha wooden spoon.
 
 
reduce to about 1/2 cup.
 
 
Season with salt and pepper.
 
 
Off heat just before serving, swirl in the last 1 to 2 tablespoons butter by bits until it is absorbed.
 
 
Pour a spoon of the sauce onto the chicken, then pour the rest into a gravy boat and serve with the chicken.
I choose this recipe because I love chicken, so what can I say.

Brownies

Ingredients
 
Instructions
One 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
 
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350°.
1 teaspoon salt
 
Sift the flour and salt together and set aside.
8 ounces unsalted butter
 
Melt the butter and chocolate together in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently and keeping a watchful eye on the pot to make certain the chocolate doesn’t scorch (Alternatively, you can melt the ingredients in the top of a double boiler over, not touching, simmering water.) Add 1 cup of the sugar to the mixture and stir for half a minute, then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
 
Pour the mixture into a large bowl.
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
 
Put the remaining 1 cup sugar and the eggs into a bowl and mix or whisk by hand just to combine.
2 cups sugar
 
Little by little, pour half of the sugar and eggs into the chocolate mixture, stirring gently but constantly with a rubber spatula so that the eggs don’t set from the heat.
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
 
Fit the whisk attachment to the mixer and whip the remaining sugar and eggs until they are thick, pale, and doubled in volume, about 3 minutes.
4 large eggs
 
Using the rubber spatula, delicately fold the whipped eggs into the chocolate mixture.
 
 
When the eggs are almost completely incorporated, gently fold in the dry ingredients.
 
 
Pour and scrape the batter in to an unbuttered 9-inch square pan.
 
 
Bake the brownies for 25-28 minutes, during which time they will rise a little and the top will turn dark and dry.
 
 
Cut into the center at about the 23-minute mark to see how the brownies are progressing: they’ll be perfect if they’re just barely set and still pretty gooey.
 
 
They’re still awfully good on the other side of set, so don’t worry if you miss the moment on your first try.
 
 
Cool the brownies in the pan on a rack.
I know brownies is a fairly common dish. However,I wanted to illustrate not only complex famous dishes that Julia Childs made, but some easy ones as well.

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LizzyBoo 6 years ago from Czech Republic

Hello Steven, I want to see the movie so much after I red your hub. Thank you for sharing your toughts with us. I like Maryl Streep. Thank you for brighting my day.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

anytime lizzyboo. im glad you liked my article. yeah, meryl streep was great in this film, as i thought she did a great job humanizing this iconic figure.


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

To be honest, I didn't like this movie that much, but I did finish it.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

really? im sorry to hear that. what didn't you like about it?


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

I found that it was drawn out. I'm from a family with professional chefs, and I guess the portrayal of Julie just made it painful to watch. lol It just didn't catch for me. But, others may really like it.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

that's cool. i understand. i just really enjoyed it because i liked meryl streep in the movie. don't get me wrong, i like amy adams in this too but without meryl, i probably would've given this movie a lesser rating.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State

I think I will finally decide to see this one :)

Meryl Streep is a brilliant entertainer-thanks for another review steven :)

hc porter


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Your welcome H.C. Thanks for stopping by again. :)


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

I thought this movie was really good but you're right....I too felt a bit ripped off wondering why the original Julia disliked the blog. I thought there could have been more of a fulfilling ending to it but it was a cute flick anyway.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Yeah, I agree with you there. I wish they had gone into a bit more detail about it, but I guess maybe the real Julia Childs or her remaining family, probably didn't want that disclosed in the movie. Which is kind of sad, but it's still a pretty good movie though..


cosette 6 years ago

OMG i LOVED this movie! i love the way you showed the real Julie. i was wondering what she was like. Meryl's portrayal was indeed amazing. she is a flawless performer, no doubt. and you included recipes - what a charming touch. AWESOME!


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Thanks. Yeah, I noticed a lot of people reviewed this movie on hubpages before I did, so I wanted to make mine as original possible. That's why I added some of Julia Childs' recipes.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

I almost never go to movies, but I went through your list and found this one. I haven't seen this either, but I might like to. i have watched a lot of Julia's TV episodes from her earliest days. When i saw some ad clips of Streep as Childs, I was impressed-- she really seemed to convey the essence of the chef without becoming a stereotype.

You really seem to have a flair for reviewing.

Good one!


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Yeah, i agree. I think if there's one thing Meryl Streep does well is that she literally becomes every character she portrays so convincingly, it's hard not to find her charming in every role she takes. Anyway, I'm glad you liked the review and thanks for stopping by. :)


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Diane Inside 6 years ago

Hi Steven, I saw this movie and your review was very good. I came away from feeling like Julie has the same experience as many other people who tend to idolize a famous person only to be crushed by the realization that they have no interest in their adoration. My husband actually liked this movie as well, which is a rarity for him to like chick flicks. Thanks Nice review.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Yeah, I kind of walked away noticing the same exact thing you did, Diane. I'm glad to hear you and your husband both liked the movie. Yeah, it's kind of sad Julia Childs didn't like Julie in the movie, as I was kind of curious as to why that is. However, I guess we'll never know for sure. Anyways, thanks for stopping by and reading my review. :)

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