Julie & Julia: Food Facts in Pictures
Jen Yamato shares a pictorial tour of her screening and food demo at Le Cordon Bleu.
French chef Julia Child's fascinating transformation from neophyte to TV cook is the subject of next week's Julie & Julia, or rather part of the story; the other half is told through the eyes of Julie Powell, the amateur food blogger who turned her mid-life crisis around by cooking one recipe a day from Child's 524-dish cook book, writing about her (mis)adventures the whole way through. Take our pictorial journey through Julie & Julia to learn about the real-life stories and fantastic film food that shaped the parallel tales of redemption through fine food and went into the making of the culinary flick.
Rotten Tomatoes attended an exclusive (and delicious!) screening and food demo for Julie & Julia at Hollywood's Le Cordon Bleu culinary training facility, where we learned about the real-life parallels between Powell and Child's lives and got a fascinating glimpse into the world of food blogging. (Powell, for instance, seemed to rankle the food writers in attendance when she called herself a writer, not a blogger. And that was before news broke that her next book, Cleaving, would be delayed past its scheduled release, possibly because it contained unflattering accounts of her personal life.)
But on to the food. Julie & Julia stars Amy Adams as Powell and her Doubt co-star Meryl Streep as Child, in one of the latter's most joyously portrayed characters of her career. And yet, thanks much in part to magazine publisher and food stylist Susan Spungen, the edibles often steal scenes from the Oscar-caliber actors. Boeuf bourguignon. Duck en croûte. Even a simple heirloom tomato bruschetta looks amazing, and that's because it's real. On the following pages, we take you through the fascinating tidbits of Julie & Julia's real-life subjects --- and, of course, its food.
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What is boeuf bourguignon? According to Julia Child's landmark tome, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, it's a beef stew in red wine. According to Julie & Julia (which borrows from Child's cookbook, her memoir My Life in France, and Powell's 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen), boeuf bourguignon was also Child's favorite go-to dish. In her recipe, she describes it as "one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by man." We learned that first hand, as Top Chef Season 3 Chef Brian Malarkey served up a bubbling pot of the dish for us, substituting a peppered pancetta for Child's simple bacon.