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Love Icons: Julia And Paul Child’s Legendary Romance

Love Icons: Paul And Julia Child

My boyfriend Nick and I have been together for almost 10 years, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped looking for love advice or claim to know any secrets. To the contrary, I’m constantly on the hunt for inspiration, insight, and practical wisdom. I love asking long-term couples how they’ve managed to stay together for so long. I love watching new couples and finding ways to borrow that fresh spark. When relationships around me fall apart, I try to figure out why. When unlikely relationships thrive, I’m just as curious.

I believe that love, like life, is more about questions than answers. The day I decide I know everything there is to know about love is the day its magic dies. When you’re constantly learning, questioning, and pondering the subject of love and relationships, powerful lessons will appear in the most unexpected places. The memoir of a famous cook, for example. Keep reading »

7 Delicious Pieces Of Life Advice From Julia Child

One of my best talents is reading buzzed-about books 5-10 years after they come out. If you’re ever browsing at a bookstore and a woman nudges you in the arm to whisper conspiratorially about a great new author she just discovered named David Foster Wallace, well, that’s probably me. In keeping with my late-to-the-literary-party theme, a couple weeks ago I read Julia Child’s memoir, My Life In France. Yes, the book that came out in 2006 and was turned into a movie 5 years ago. Have you read it? It’s so, so good.

The whole time I was reading My Life In France, I had a goofy grin plastered on my face. It’s such a lovely, joyful book. The amazing food descriptions, her playful relationship with her husband, the gorgeous imagery of Paris, her dogged determination to become the best chef she could be — everything about it inspired me and soothed my soul. By the time I finished, I was such a Julia fangirl that I printed out an 8×10 photo of her and hung it in a blue glitter frame over my desk. Here are some specific quotes from the book that are going to stay with me at least as long as the weight I gained from eating cheese while reading it: Keep reading »

Remembering Julia Child

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  • Today would have been the 100th birthday of chef extraordinaire Julia Child, who some of us remember from her cookbooks, some of us remember from her TV shows, and some of us just know from Julie & Julia. Today, in her memory, treat yourself to a little butter! [Bitch Magazine]
  • Florida politician Rep. Cliff Stearns, who has made it his mission to attack Planned Parenthood, lost the Republican primary in his district … to a veterarian … with no political experience. If that isn’t the constituents speaking loud and clear, I don’t know what is. [Mother Jones]
  • An abortion provider speaks out on what is really at stake this election season. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Julia Child Gets Auto-Tuned For Her 100th Birthday

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Julia Child, Icon
In America, she was in a feminist icon. In France? Not so much. Read More »
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"This Is What Good Cooking's All About!"

Tomorrow would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday and PBS has released a remix in her honor. First Mister Rogers, then Bob Ross, now Julia Child? PBS, you’re so hip. [USA Today]

The Halloween Inspiration Board: Julia Child

Think of Julia Child and the word “sexy” might not come to mind. But then think about all you could do if she were suddenly a sexy Halloween costume. Imagine a short, coquettish apron to show off legs. And a spatula to punish naughty trick-or-treaters.
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Julia Child: In America, A Feminist Icon; In France, Not So Much

Thanks to motion picture hit “Julie & Julia,” Julia Child’s image has been experiencing a feminist revival, as reflections on the movie have meditated largely on what the “French Chef” did not only for American cuisine, but also for the women who cooked it. True, there’s no denying Child was a woman who made a huge impact on domestic society. Yet, I’ve had to take issue with the quick compulsion by reviewers and blogs to laud her as a “feminist icon,” where the term refers to her as someone active in the women’s movement. To be sure, Child can now be classified as such for the overarching effects of her career, but promoting women wasn’t her original goal. It was to cook, write her book, pay homage to her beloved France, and find success. (If you read her autobiography, My Life in France, you know that after the publication of her cookbook she was actually quite conniving by choosing not to disclose much of her subsequent work to her female colleague, Simone Beck.)*

This week “Julie & Julia” came out in France, and The New York Times highlights an illuminating (and perhaps not greatly considered in this feminist dialogue) point—the French are excited about this film, but the draw has nothing to do with their own country and its cuisine. It’s all about Meryl Streep. Julia Child could not be farther from a feminist icon there. Keep reading »

We See Chick Flicks: “Julie & Julia”

Starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams
Directed by Nora Ephron

The Lowdown: Here’s what I wish the title of this movie was: “Julia.” Period. No Julie, just Julia.

Julie, who you probably know as the blogger and author who cooked through Julia Child’s recipes in a year, is a drip. Julie (as played by Amy Adams) is a self-acknowledged failure on the brink of 30, who had striven to publish a novel and instead wrote only a portion of it before settling for a dreary Manhattan office job. A painful commentary on the state of professional women, there’s the lingering stereotype (and, admittedly, partial reality) of the “lost” thirty-something woman that hangs over the climate Julie exists in. Keep reading »

Trailer Park: “Paper Heart,” “Julie And Julia,” “G.I. Joe: The Rise Of The Cobra”

TGIF, ladies! It’s been a long week and you deserve to treat yourself. This weekend, the perfect treats are the openings of “Paper Heart” and “Julie and Julia”! I’m not sure how Julia Child felt about popcorn, but I know she’s down with butter, so go for it. Oh, yeah, and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” is opening, too, but the only draw for that one is the rise of evil Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Gotta love good boys gone bad! Keep reading »

First Look: “Julie & Julia”

The trailer for “Julie & Julia” is out, and it looks amazing. Starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, the movie is based on Julie Powell’s blog-to-book in which she documented cooking a Julia Childs recipe everyday for a year. It was written by Nora Ephron, so how could it go wrong?! But did they succeed in making Meryl Streep, who is 5’7″, look as tall as Julia Child, who stood 6’2″? Keep reading »

Women Who Rock: Julia Child

March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday.

JULIA CHILD (1912-2004)

Was there more to America’s first celebrity chef than what we read and saw? Most definitely. Julia Child had a past that most wouldn’t believe, and a number of accomplishments that chefs around the world would envy.

She was born Julia McWilliams on Aug. 15, 1912. After a childhood spent attending Katharine Branson School for Girls, Julia attended Smith College in Massachusetts. Instead of marrying and settling down, she volunteered at the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to today’s CIA. While her title was research assistant, she was actually a spy during World War II. It was during this time that she met Paul Child, her future husband.
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