Dina and Julia

13 Nov

When I was little and saw Julia Child on TV (and I was always watching TV), I thought she was weird and boring and always flipped past the channel quickly.

A few years later, while watching Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, I got reintroduced to Julia Child through her Belgian waffles and chocolate cake, which looked killer.

And then a few years ago, I saw Julie and Julia. Since then I have been a wee bit enamored with the legend. Meryl Streep was amazing and dead on, especially compared to the lackluster “Julie” portions of the film. Later on, at a book reading at my local Barnes and Noble (R.I.P), when I saw the real Julie Powell describing cheating on her husband and making cased sausages…the feeling was equally lackluster.

In the film, I love Julia’s passion for food, Paris and life. I was so inspired that I bought My Life in France, from which the film was partially adapted. In it I learned that Julia only found her passion for food when she was 36. Isn’t that amazing! It took Julia Child and her partner, Simone Beck, ten years to complete the manuscript and get Mastering the Art of French Cooking on book shelves 50 years ago. There was plenty of rejection, but Julia and Simone stuck to their guns with encouragement from another friend, Avis DeVoto.

I also learned that she spent a few years in Germany and Norway. Her husband’s career as a USIS (United States Information Service) officer forced them to move around the world based on his assignments, which is how she wound up in Paris in the first place.

When I was in Paris, I had the privilege of visiting Julia and Paul’s first apartment in Paris, 81 Roo de Loo (81 Rue de l’Universite) It was so cool to see the place where she first started cooking and slept as she fell in love with French cuisine. Walking around the quiet neighbor sandwiched between the Musee d’Orsay, Musee Rodin and Les Invalides, its no wonder she had such a wonderful time in the City of Lights.

Bon Appetit!

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One Response to “Dina and Julia”

  1. Leonard Mann November 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    Well done as always;Very informative Thanks

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