"Julie & Julia" is a romantic biography drama based on two true stories involving famed chef Julia Childs and a woman who admired Child's recipes, Julie Powell. The true-story cooking movie, produced by Columbia Pictures, used the names of the real people. "Julie & Julia" aka "Julia and Julie" premiered in theaters in 2009. (Starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams)
Based on the screenplay by Nora Ephron, "Julie & Julia" follows the lives of two women, Julia Childs and Julie Powell. Powell, a young woman who is bored with her day job, decides to cook each recipe found in Julia Child's book "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," in a year. Julie documents her journey in an online cooking blog called the Julie/Julia Project. To her surprise the blog captures the attention of the media, as well as Julia Childs. The movie also follows Julia Child's life and her experiences as young female chef.
The true story on which the movie is based happened in 2002, when a Manhattan woman tried her hand at cooking 536 recipes found in Julia Child's book. 30-year old Julie Powell chronicled her experiences in her blog "The Julie/Julia Project: Nobody here but us servantless American cooks..." Her blog came to the attention of the public when writer Russ Parsons wrote an article about it in the Los Angeles Times entitled "Diary of a chef wannabe." Another article about the food blogger appeared in the Christian Science Monitor about a month later which was mentioned in the movie, according to Parsons.
Julia Child read the blog and made the following statements to Russ Parsons: "Well, she just doesn't seem very serious, does she?"
Editor Judith Jones told Publisher's Weekly that Child's didn't feel the food blogger was a serious cook, and that she didn't appreciate the language used in the blog.
Jones continues: “Flinging around four-letter words when cooking isn’t attractive, to me or Julia. She didn’t want to endorse it. What came through on the blog was somebody who was doing it almost for the sake of a stunt. She would never really describe the end results, how delicious it was, and what she learned. Julia didn’t like what she called ‘the flimsies.’ She didn’t suffer fools, if you know what I mean.”
The movie is based on Julie Powell's book "Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously" and Julia Child's book "My Life in France."
Julia Child's died in 2004. The movie now airs on Lifetime Movie Network.