Pass the popcorn, please. Today is the day that’s had bibliophiles and foodies salivating all summer. The highly-anticipated movie "Julie & Julia," starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, is opening at theaters across the country, and I for one plan to be first in line.
For anyone who’s been, say, backpacking across Mongolia this past month and thus may have missed the media blitz, “Julie & Julia” is based on the eponymous book by Julie Powell, which in turn was based on her blog “The Julie/Julia Project,” a hilariously raucous and occasionally ribald recounting of a year spent cooking her way through Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” It’s reportedly the first major motion picture to be made of a blog (Hollywood? I have a blog, too – call me!), although it’s also based on Julia Child’s “My Life in France,” a deliciously ebullient reminiscence of the author’s years abroad as a newlywed during which she discovered her calling in life. Writer-director Nora Ephron adapted both best-selling memoirs for her screenplay, and I can’t wait to see how she’s managed it, because any way you slice it, the convergence of books, food, and film is a tasty troika indeed.
I also can’t wait to watch Meryl Streep sink her teeth into the role of Julia Child.