PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Romance
Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book.
Louisette Bertholle is depicted here as a lazy shirker who doesn't carry her weight on the cookbook project. After the film was released, people who knew her came forward to declare that she was dedicated to the project and tested a huge number of recipes in her home. Eventually, she did have to scale back her participation in the project, but for personal reasons, as she was dealing with a bankruptcy (resulting from a failed investment) and a painful and ugly divorce. She eventually remarried happily and became a successful cookbook author on her own.
I have conversations with her while I'm cooking. And I feel like she is there with me in the kitchen.
Amanda Hesser: She's like your imaginary friend.
Julie Powell: Yes.
When Julie opens the package from a reader containing hot sauce, she takes out the accompanying letter twice.
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