'Julie Powell' on Serious Eats

Video: Julie Powell on Butchery and Marriage

When Julie Powell, the Julie part of Julie & Julia, was reaching a rough patch of her marriage, she turned to butchery. What better way to vent all that aggressive marital tension than through hacking animal carcasses, right? Her book Cleaving came out last week and in this video, she talks about all the relationship metaphors—the cutting, the cleaving, the hurting—while butterflying a leg of lamb (compliments of rockstar Brooklyn butcher Tom Mylan of The Meat Hook). "I put [butchery] in the same class, this is going to sound strange, as say, knitting or gardening. There's something rote about it and yet it engages your mind and creativity, and it focuses on you," says Powell. Watch the video, after... More

'Julie & Julia' (& Nora)

"Never before has food being cooked and eaten on screen looked so good." If you're a serious eater, you're going to love Julie & Julia, Nora Ephron's graceful, funny, and generously spirited new movie. Why do I say this? Not because the back of my head takes a star turn that, according to Nora herself, "has everyone talking" (ha, ha). No, I'm afraid that joy will only be shared by my family and friends who will be the only ones taking note of my hatted head walking behind Amy Adams as she orders beef for her boeuf bourguignon at the Dean & Deluca butcher counter. I say that you are going to love this film because it's as passionate, discerning,... More

Quote of the Day: What Julia Thought of Julie

"Flinging around four-letter words when cooking isn’t attractive, to me or Julia. She didn’t want to endorse it. What came through on the blog was somebody who was doing it almost for the sake of a stunt...She didn’t suffer fools, if you know what I mean." —Book editor and FoJC Judith Jones [via EMD]... More

In Videos: 'Julie and Julia' Sneak Peek

Sure, it's blink and you'll miss it, but if you're keen on seeing some of the first bits of Julie & Julia, take a gander here (after the jump). At the end of Sunday night's Oscars, the show ran quick previews of 2009 movies starring 2008 nominees. Someone was kind enough to snip the eight-second reel of this Meryl Streep–Amy Adams project based on the Julie Powell book. [via The Food Section]... More

Julie Powell's First Reactions to 'Julie and Julia' Movie

Last night, Julie Powell watched a "rough" cut of Julie and Julia, the movie (where Ed makes a tiny cameo!) inspired by Powell's 365-day and 524-recipe blog project. "I see my name in magazines in very close proximity to names like 'Meryl' and 'Nora' and take it in stride. But somehow seeing yourself—or a Rom-Com-ed, slimmed-down, considerably less foul-mouthed version of yourself—on a movie screen is a whole different thing."... More

My Bit Part as an Extra in 'Julie and Julia'

About a month ago I got an email from Nora's assistant, J. J., saying Nora wanted me to be an extra in the movie. How could I say no? In one of the emails, J.J. said something along the lines of "There's no speaking lines for you yet." To me, that meant it was only a matter of time until the brilliant Nora Ephron figured out what words she'd be putting in my mouth. More

Streep to Play Julia Child in 'Julie/Julia' Movie

And Amy Adams will play Julie Powell, the food blogger–turned-author whose book, Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, inspired the flick. And, so you know this tale of food-obsession is in good hands, Nora Ephron will direct. So says Variety.com. [via The Knife]... More

Holy Homophones!

Julie/Julia Project blogger-turned-author Julie Powell on "pea-ness," on Iron Chef. (Say it three times quickly.) [via The Food Section]... More

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