Ellen, Julie & Julia
My new title is "Sub-Mini Celebrity." I've been receiving Tweets, e-mails and phonecalls all morning. My 15 minutes of fame is due to the fact that L.A. Times reporter, Tiffany Hsu, e-mailed me yesterday after reading a few of my Tweets from last week about seeing the new movie, "Julie & Julia." After watching the movie at The Grove, courtesy of a Los Angeles Magazine preview screening, I immediately went to Barnes & Noble, next door to the theater, and bought Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." TIffany was writing an article about Julia Child mania – apparently the movie has caused people to rush out to buy her cookbooks and DVDs, etc. I gave Tiffany a call at her L.A. Times office, we chatted a bit about the inspiration of Julia and today I am a star.
I've been channeling Julia all week by wearing a string of pearls around my neck and my pearl earrings. In the movie, Julia (portrayed brilliantly by Meryl Streep) dressed in the 1950's Pasadena fashion....ladylike suits and dresses, hats, gloves and always pearls. I'm more inspired by Julia's wardrobe than I am by the recipes in her book. I've just been READING the cookbook and realizing that so many of the recipes are very involved. I'm more of a Trader Joe's cookbook kind of a cook, that's for sure. Once I have a bit of time, I'll probably delve into a few of Julia's scrumptious recipes. I was especially impressed by the Apple Tart Tatin in the movie.
Thanks, Nora Ephron for combining Powell's memoir "Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously" and Child's book, written with Alex Prud'homme, "My Life in France"...it made for a grand movie.