The movie Julia and Julia, starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep, will be released into theaters on August 7, 2009. What many moviegoers may not realize is that Julie and Julia started first as a blog and then became a book, before being turned into a movie.
Julie Powell began the blog, The Julie/Julia Project, to document her efforts to cook all 500+ recipes in Julia Child's cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, within one year. Despite her many obstacles (or perhaps because of them) her blog became wildly popular and began attracting the attention of major news and media outlets.
By the time the one year was up, the possibility existed that Powell would have the opportunity to turn her blog into a book and eventually that did happen. The success of the book then led to the movie. Meryl Streep plays Julia Child and Amy Adams plays Julie Powell.
The Julie/Julia Project was much more than just a cooking experiment. It was begun from desperation at a time when Julie Powell found herself in an unhappy, if not depressing, place in her life. While she was happily married to her high school sweetheart, her temp-turned-permanent secretarial job was completely unsatisfying and she and her husband had just moved into a dreary apartment in Long Island City.
Even more troubling,, she had just been diagnosed with a condition that may make it difficult, if not, impossible, for her to have children. She was also 29 and going through the "what have I done with my life until now and where am I going" soul-searching that often accompanies approaching birthday milestones.
The idea for the cooking experiment came from rediscovering her
mother's Julia Child cookbooks on a visit home during
this distressing time. Finding comfort and even solace in them, and lacking
direction in her life, the Julie/Julia Project was born. Along with it came the
blog, then the book, and now the movie.
The book and movie are the obvious ways that the project changed Julie Powell's life, the less than obvious ways are what the story of Julie and Julia is about.