Julie and Julia

It is now around 1 a.m. and I have been asleep for a few hours. In fact, I just woke up. Yesterday was my birthday and as part of my enjoyment(s) – I do put them in the plural – I watched a DVD version of the Meryl Streep and Amy Adams film, Julie and Julia.

This film is about the life of the American, Julia Childs, and her obsession with French cooking while she lived in Paris in the late 1940s. Julie is an American who subsequently cooks the 524 recipes of ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ in 365 days, this being the entire contents of Julia Child’s masterpiece. The point of the film is that Julie writes up her culinary experiences in a blog.

My blog often contains entries on food, and my experience of cooking it. I also wrote a book (The Psychology of food and eating), although this was an academic monograph. In my book, I did write up some of my experiences of cooking. I just want to say that I have never been influenced by the Julie/Julia film. Of course, I cannot guarantee that I shall not be in the future.

I suppose I feel a little pissed off by that film. I am obsessively engaged in various projects, some of which include cooking. I have, in the past, set myself goals to do recipes covering the various aspects of cooking, such as eggs, bread, meat, fish, soups, sweets, etc. I have had goals to work through new recipes within each category. But I have never done anything as focussed as cooking my way through a specific cook book.

The reason why I am talking about this is that the Julie/Julia thing sounds like a New Years Resolution, and we have just been making those things. My problem is that I am split across several domains,not just the culinery. I have resolutions relating to my autobiography, my song writing, my guitar and piano playing, and my sketching (whether digital or not). And, of course, I want to keep the house and garden in good order. I have some resolutions about taking photos, too.

I do share Julie’s early fears that I am putting all this out onto the Internet and maybe nobody is reading it. But then, that has always been a possibility, even back in my early blogging days for the Sunderland Echo newspaper. Talk to you later, my dear blogophiles.

2 Responses to “Julie and Julia”

  1. Toby Lancaster Says:

    Hi Fyrm! Good to see you blogging again.

    I saw that film a few months ago, and my main memory, other than it being fairly entertaining, was the fact that Meryl Streep adopted a real comedy totally OTT (IMHO) voice. Unusual for her as she is very good normally.

    What was it about the film that you particularly disliked?

    • enigmaticpencil Says:

      I think it wasn’t so much the film but the fact that I could not think how to develop a clear and simple goal in my own life, along the lines that Julie did. 524 recipes, from a single cook book, in 365 days is so neat and well-defined. When I start to make resolutions, they get very cumbersome (writing prose, sketching, playing piano, playing guitar, composing songs, expanding the song repertoire, and taking care of my garden!) I spread myself across too many domains, and it was that sense of frustration that the film elicited in me. The film itself, I thought, was ok.

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