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Meryl Streep in 'Julie & Julia'

Meryl Streep in 'Julie & Julia'

I have boxes of cookbooks collecting dust and admit that I am not the best in the kitchen, but that didn’t stop me from seeing the film, ‘Julie & Julia’ and enjoying every moment of it.

The story highlights two women, the legendary Julia Child, who was an entrepreneur before the term existed, and Julie Powell, the modern-day blogger who chose to idolize the famous chef and spend a year following her recipes.

I related to both women in different ways. I admired Julia Child’s determination to get her book published and related to the scene where she received her first copy in the mail. It made me reflect on how I felt only six months ago when I too, received the first copy of my published book in the mail. Only a first-time author can understand this feeing after the tireless hours it took to get to this point. It’s an overwhelming emotional experience.

Julie, whose need to find her place in the world, chose to spend a year cooking up the recipes from the famous chef and writing about her experiences. As a blogger, we all wonder and ask ourselves, “Are you there?” “Can you comment?” We immerse ourselves daily in writing our thoughts and experiences, sometimes to the point of being relentless and single focused. When Julie was featured in the New York Times,?and proudly brought home a stack of copies, I reflected on the day my first book review appeared in a newspaper as well. Like Julie in the film, I too, walked up and down the street grabbing as many copies as I could. The feeling for me was one of huge accomplishment and joy. I recalled the experience of that emotion again while watching the film.

Both women were extremely lucky in love. Julia, played by Meryl Streep, had a very devoted husband with Paul, played by Stanley Tucci. Paul called her, “the butter to my bread and the breath to my life.” He adored her so much whether she was in the kitchen or not. Julie, played by Amy Adams had a devoted husband who encouraged her to blog about her experiences. Although they hit a bump on the road, he was at her side throughout, even helping her kill the live lobsters in an amusing scene.

What touched me the most, was the need for both women to reinvent themselves. Their determination and passion were rewarded with success. The film does have a happily ever after tone, and shows marriage in a positive light. There isn’t a woman around who doesn’t want someone to be the “butter for their bread,” myself included, with or without the recipe box.

Julie Spira is the author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online. Visit her at www.CyberDatingExpert.com.


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