This movie is an oldie but a goodie. The review was inspired by Beardy Bestie Fran who pointed out that no movie rivalled Julie & Julia when it came to food porn – (it’s true – if this movie does nothing else, it will take you away from the telly hungry and dying to give cooking a try). We then realised that Beardy Fiance had never seen it. He’s marrying a food blogger! How could he not have seen Julie & Julia? Did he not need a reality check as to what married life with a blogger would be life?
Funnily enough, there are definitely some universal truths in food blogging – while we giggled when we realised we were sitting on the couch with our cat (watching people on screen snuggle up on the couch with their cat), there was definitely a knowing sigh when she had a breakdown over a recipe. Any blogger who hasn’t had that massive, gut churning, tidal wave of frustration when a much-crafted and considered recipe goes wrong is either lying or a brand new blogger.
One thing which became clear at FBC5 was the degree to which blogging really does take over your life. I’m sure Beardy Fiance would love getting to go on holiday and not have to stop at all the food places I’ve read about or to be able to eat while the food was still warm, rather than waiting for me to get the perfect photography light. So there’s definitely a feeling of a reality in Julie & Julia.
Julie Powell (Amy Adams) is a 30 something in a mid-level bureaucratic job, unfulfilled at her job, and dreaming of being a writer. The only thing making her happy is food – and so she decides to write a blog documenting cooking her way through Julia Childs (Meryl Streep)’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The film also shows Childs’ adjustment to her life in France with her diplomat husband (Stanley Tucci) and her attempt to translate French recipes for Americans.
The movie is unabashedly obsessed with food. So if you’re willing to come away hungry and interested in seeing the life of a food blogger, have a watch!
Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil (adapted from Simply Recipe)
10 plum tomatoes
6-8 leaves of fresh basil
2 cloves of garlic (not pictured)
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 loaf of french bread
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
Remove skins and allow tomatoes to cool. Cut up the tomato centres and put in a mixing bowl. Cut up the basil leaves and add to the mixing bowl. Dice the cloves of garlic and add them in, as well as mixing in the balsamic vinegar and the 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Place the piece of bread olive oil side down on a baking tray. Heat the oven to 200C and put the baking tray as close to the top of the oven as possible. Place the bread pieces into the oven to toast.
Add the tomato mixture on top right before serving.
Julie and Julia is available on DVD. I reviewed this movie as part of An American Cupcake in London’s Book Club.