Be inspired by watching the movie Julie & Julia. Plus download these six free prints of inspirational quotes by Julia Child on food and life.
Julie & Julia
Have you seen the 2009 movie titled “Julie & Julia”? It stars Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Amy Adams as Julie Powell. Julie was a soon-to-be 30 year old who felt sort of lost in the life she was living.
Julie wanted more from her life. She wanted to be a published writer. I’m not sure what motivated her or inspired her to want to become a writer. But, one day as she was feeling sorry for herself, her husband suggested she start a blog and write about her love for cooking.
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Julie was inspired by Julia Child’s life and cookbook. So, Julie decided to set a deadline of one year and in that year’s time, she would prepare every recipe (524) in Julia’s massive cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and share the experience and recipe reviews on her blog.
You know, Julia may have been the first person to really understand that knowing the science behind cooking makes a person a better cook. Such as, why butter burns easily and what to do to prevent it. Or how about, there’s quite simply no such thing as too much butter?
I really enjoyed watching this movie. It gave me not only a glimpse into the life of Julia Child, but made me reflect on my own life as well.
Inspiration for Today’s Cook
It is no secret that Julia Child fell in love with French cuisine. She had a desire to share her love of food, cooking, and especially French recipes, with the rest of America.
She loved food, but not just any food. She loved good food. I feel the same way about food. I often wonder why would I ever want to go out to eat, when I can cook really good food at home. In fact, I think I can prepare just about anything better at home than I can buy in a restaurant. Except maybe pizza.
One of the things I related to in the movie Julie & Julia is Julia’s desire to share their love or passion for food. Julia didn’t want to just create a cookbook, but rather to bring recipes to people in a way that would somehow inspire them to give these recipes a try. There’s just something special about really good homemade food. It brings families together and provides opportunities for fond memories and laughter amongs family and friends.
I feel the same way when I cook for my family or make them a handmade gift, like the afghan and pumpkin I just crocheted for our daughter Morgan. There’s something really special about handmade gifts. It is my desire to share ideas with you that will help to inspire you.
Boeuf Bourguignon Recipe by Julia Child
One of the most popular recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking is this recipe for Boeuf Bourguignon. The cookbook publisher, Knopf Doubleday, has graciously made the recipe available in PDF format. The PDF is an actual image of the pages from the cookbook.
You can access the Boeuf Bourguignon recipe here.
There are two other recipes you’ll need for this Boeuf Bourguignon recipe, sautéed mushrooms and brown braised onions.
You can access the Sautéed Mushrooms recipe here.
You can access the Brown Braised Onions recipe here.
More Movies Starring Amy Adams
If you get a chance to watch Julie & Julia, I hope you do! It’s airing right now on The Roku Channel. I also enjoyed Amy Adams in:
(Watch it on Netflix)
A drama about the awakening of painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
Trouble with the Curve
(Watch it on Netflix)
An expert but aging baseball scout (Clint Eastwood) is joined by his daughter (Amy Adams) on his latest trip. Forced to spend time together for the first time in years, each reveals long-held truths about their past.
(Rent it on AmazonPrime)
When Anna’s (Amy Adams) four-year anniversary to her boyfriend passes without an engagement ring, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Inspired by an Irish tradition that allows women to propose to men on Leap Day, Anna follows Jeremy (Adam Scott) to Dublin to propose to him.
Download free Julia Child Quotes
I put together this collection of six of my favorite Julia Child quotes. Maybe they’ll inspire you like they have me. These free printables are available exclusively to subscribers of The Birch Cottage newsletter. You can subscribe below:
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I’m not really sure why I’m sharing this post about Julie & Julia with you today, except to maybe inspire you. Inspire you to watch a good movie. Inspire you to try a new recipe. Inspire you to make something handmade. Inspire you to create opportunities to make memories with the people you love most.
Have you watched any movies lately that have inspired you? I’d love to hear about it!
Til nex time…
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