'Julie and Julia' on Serious Eats

Weekend Cook and Tell Roundup: 'Julie & Julia'

Photograph from pbs.org/juliachild Last week's Weekend Cook and Tell challenge was to recreate a dish from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The challenge was inspired by Julie & Julia, which opened over the weekend. As it turned out, the soaring temperatures of last weekend and this week made it much more appealing to go and see the movie than fire up the stove. We didn't get a lot of responses, but a few brave souls accepted the challenge. Here are some of their Julia-inspired responses: Duncan1205 made Jambon Baise' au Made're. It's basically ham braised in Madeira and beef stock. Duncan1205 claims that this dish has converted non-ham-eaters into ham lovers. Cybercita has made several recipes... 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

Congratulations to Contest Winners

Tickets to NYC Advance Screening of 'Julie & Julia': john82099, lizzil, seisei, AlwaysMunchin, joannie, KitchenKore, BrooklynBrownie, masha339, sarahinnewyork, and Spatula Queen. Winners have been notified by email and also appear on our Contest Winners page. Thanks to all who entered.... More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 78: The Julia Child Mantra, Does It Work, Serious Eaters?

"Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health."--Julia Child This famous quote from the late, great Julia Child has been the cornerstone of my serious diet. And that quote was on a sign for all to see, as the guests wandered into the ultra old-line, ultra New York Metropolitan Club for the post-premiere party of Julie & Julia, Nora Ephron's loveable movie that chronicles in parallel fashion the lives of cooking culture icon, cookbook author, and seminal food TV star Julia Child and writer-blogger Julie Powell. It was a good thing the sign was there, because the opportunities for excess were everywhere. New York restaurateur Drew Nieporent had put together... More

Video: Jeffrey Steingarten Interviews Nora Ephron (Sort Of)

When Julie & Julia writer-director Nora Ephron invites Vogue food writer Jeffrey Steingarten to her house to cook, we knew there was bound to be some interesting exchanges between these two scary smart, unintimidatable, and most formidable serious eaters. Jeffrey doesn't appear as engaged as he does on Iron Chef America, but that could be the editing—or maybe not. The video itself is not as interesting as Jeffrey's article about Nora and the movie, which appears in the August issue of Vogue (unavailable online, of course). The most interesting revelation is in the first sentence of the second paragraph of the piece: "For nearly as long as I can remember, I have envied Nora Ephron." He goes on to... More

The Fake Nicky's Pizza in 'Julie & Julia'

Photograph from Sony Pictures Entertainment As far as pizzeria names go, Nicky's Pizza is a pretty popular one. From Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to Saugus, Massachusetts, Nicky definitely gets around. But the facade of the one in Julie & Julia (in theaters August 7) doesn't actually exist. When asked about the storefront below her apartment, Julie Powell told us that in real life, it was a diner. The fictionalized pizzeria on 40th Avenue in Long Island City, often flashed on screen before a kitchen scene upstairs with Powell, cannot actually be reached at 718-555-0163. Like all Hollywood and TV-show 555- numbers,... 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

Behind-the-Scenes: The Food in 'Julie and Julia'

Unlike other recent food film releases, Julie & Julia is not trying to make a statement about rejecting corn syrup or starting a compost pile. As director Nora Ephron said in a preview for food and film bloggers yesterday (it officially opens on August 7), it's about the joy of cooking, eating, and living. And a lot of buttah. The French onion soup appears in a happy montage scene between Julie and Julia. "I've never gone through so much butter before," said food stylist and former Martha Stewart Living food editor Susan Spungen who worked on the film. But her biggest challenge was making cheese look melty on screen. It had to be hot enough to stretch "from the... More

Chatting with the Women of 'Julie & Julia'

Ladies Home Journal talk to actresses Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, and director Nora Ephron of the upcoming movie Julie & Julia about food, love, and their careers. Also, Meryl Streep's and Amy Adam's favorite Julia Child recipes. Related: Julie & Julia Trailer Now Available Online... 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

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