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Kim, I LOVE to cook, but not quite like Julia. I grew up with Julia as inspiration. she is always good for a great laugh and something yummy for the family. she always seemed bigger than life.


Yes! I saw it on Sat. night with my husband. He liked it as well. My mom passed away very recently, so for me it was bitter sweet (no pun)...she was a very good cook and would have loved this movie. I laughed, cried and really enjoyed everything about this movie. Being there on a "date" night made it that much more special! :-) I say it's a definite "GO SEE"
Thanks for your posts waking up to my coffee and a good read every day :-)

janey my head? You betcha.....a Julia replica!! Beside my kitchen cabinets and with my head stuck in the fridge?>>um, not so much!!

Food Network? Schnetwork. Ms. Julia is the one responsible for it ALL!!
I was a nutrition major and I studied her work like it was the bible.
We should all aspire to be a "julia" in whatever we want to accomplish!!
(sorry you asked now, hm??!!!!)

Cass at That Old House

Well, I can cook --- but mostly I don't. :-)

I cook much more simply than I used to, although seeing the movie on Friday inspired me to do more than the simple family meals. My husband has been warned.

And my oldest brother does a fabulous Julia imitation. The movie was great fun. Loved it.


I went with my sister-in-law on Saturday and we both loved it! My exact words were, "That was delightful!!" And it really was, wasn't it?

But I'm with you. I don't know if I could ever cook like that. I mean, I guess I *could* if I would devote the time to it, but seeing the strain that it put on Julie's marriage doesn't exactly inspire me, you know? :) Although, without a deadline, it might not be that bad.


I haven't seen the movie yet but now I really want to go. I LOVE to cook and my pile of cookbooks is so high. When my mom was still alive, we'd sit for hours and look through our cookbooks. Now I have all of her favorite recipes too.

I love how you compose your photos. You take the ordinary and make it look so extraordinary. I get so many ideas from you. Thank you for that. And I really enjoy your blog.


Daisy Cottage

Thank you Debbie!!!!

Traci Lauderdale

Oooh- Kim...what is your favorite cookbook? One of my fav's is an "oldie" but a classic; It is by Southern Living, "Cooking Across the South" and one of my favorite recipes is Hoppin John... I haven't seen the movie, but I want to go soon! I enjoyed this post this morning with my coffee because seeing all the cookbooks stacked together reminded me of my grandmothers- I miss them and ALL their dishes they made for me (from scratch) with love.... :-)


No I haven't seen the movie but I love Julia Childs and can do a pretty good impression of her (my husband does better). Love your pictures as usual. Give Maggie a kiss for me.


We just went to see it this weekend and loved it! Of course, Earl and I are HUGE Julia fans. I watched her as a little girl for goodness sake! One of the first cookbooks we bought as newlyweds was Mastering the Art of French cooking. We do cook like Julia and even more so lately. I am trying to not eat anything processed and cook only from scratch. We now own several of her cookbooks and when we are looking for something special we look in one of those first. I would recommend this movie to anyone!

Vicky Elias

I have great memories of watching Julia with my mother and taping the shows. We would laugh when Julia seemed a bit too tipsy. I miss my Mom so much. She was born on 2/22 and her favorite color was yellow. I've since painted her room yellow and recently bought the same teacup from Anthropologie with the #22 on it that you have sitting on a yellow plate!!... Thank you!! I feel like my Mom just said hello to me through you!!

Daisy Cottage

Oh Vicky... thank YOU!


I LOVE to cook, but admit to cooking rather simple comfort-type food, always from scratch. I would love to cook more a la Julia, but my hubbie is a very simple eater. I do cook more "fancy" food for my girlfriends on occasion.

Can't wait to see the movie..maybe this weekend.


I am most definitely not a Julia (or a Julie). !!! Mr. Dragon and I saw Julie and Julia on opening day. (I had a post on Monday - but I've been blogging about it for weeks -- it just won't let go of me!) I loved it and Mr. Dragon laughed out loud several times. I remember watching Julia way back when! So much fun reliving some of those times.


Saw it Friday with my sister. Loved it. Meryl Streep is my favorite. I don't think I would use Julia's book either-too hard. I do wish I had watch her more when she was on TV.

Laurie Owens

I haven't seen the movie yet, but hope to before work/school starts on Thursday. I'm no Julia... who needs to be when you have a husband that is. He's the gourmet cook in the family!


I'm so glad that I read this post. I hadn't heard of the movie at all!
We have to wait untill October here in the Netherlands :(. Something to look forward to!



Haven't seen the movie yet, and nope... I'm no Julia... Perhaps more of a Galloping Gourmet, or no.. wait... maybe like Rachael Ray. Not that I like her, but my cooking style is much more like Rachael's. If it can't be done in 30 minutes or in a crock pot then I simply don't want to cook it.

Glad you enjoyed the movie.. I hope to be seeing it soon as well.

The Blue Ridge Gal

Jennifer @ Fiddle Dee Dee

My sister and I have a girls night planned for Saturday to go and see it! We are really excited! I love to cook, but I'm no where near a Julia. It's great to hear a good review of the movie! So glad that you enjoyed it!
Have a wonderful day,
Jennifer @ Fiddle Dee Dee

I'm Julia @ Drawn to the Sea

Well, I AM a Julia in the kitchen... a different kind, but still a Julia ;-) Looking forward to the movie. (p.s. I don't fill my shakers either)


I can only aspire to have a fraction of Julia's kitchen skills! I can't wait to see this movie--every review I've heard or read has been so positive. Glad you enjoyed your girls' day out!

Becky G.

I saw the movie on Friday, and loved it! A delightful way to spend a couple of hours! I blogged about it on Friday.

As for cooking, I 'can' cook like Julia, and have on many occasions, but for the day to day meals, I stick with tried and true, throw them together and eat comfort food meals. I rarely do anything pre-made, however, and try to do from scratch as much as I can.

Angie at junkgarden

I am *not* Julia in the kitchen and I can't wait to see this movie. Glad you had a good time!

Katherine Ann

Oh how I wish I were Julia in the kitchen....maybe one day :o)


Hi Kim!
Can't wait to see this movie, hopefully I can get my mom to go with me and see it soon! We used to laugh at Julia on T.V. when I was a kid and we would talk like her too! I still love to watch cooking shows, especially Paula Deen! I am not quite a Julia, but I do love to cook for my family.



I definitely want to see this movie. My father loved Julia. She was an incredible woman.

Well, I do like to cook, but I don't have filled salt and pepper shakers. ;-)


Am I a Julia? Uh, well, if Julia loved takeout I would be. Shhhhh... don't tell.


Sheila ;-)


I went to see this movie this past weekend. I LOVED IT!! I went with a friend and even though I have never been to the theatre alone, I really think I will go back and see it alone. I loved it that much! I was just so sad about one thing at the end. I don't want to give it away for anyone that hasn't seen it, but if you have. I'm sure you were sad about that part too.
I wish I were more of a cook. The movie did inspire me to at least give it more of a try and it sure did make me hungry watching it too!

Nancy Hutson Maisenbach

Hi Kim,
Thanks for the movie review. It was better because you went with your mom and sister I bet.
Cooking,I can hold my own in the kitchen. I tend to cook like my mom did. Old standards, comfort foods and easy.
You are like me, lots of cookbooks but I keep going back to the tried and true in my recipe box. I used to try a new recipe every Wednesday when my kids where home. We eat out more now.
Happy Monday to all,
Nancy M.


I saw the movie Sunday night with my daughter, and we really enjoyed it. Meryl Streep is amazing!


I havent seen it yet but I want to. She was my idol after all. I remember watching her in black and white on tv. Over the yrs I got more and more interested in cooking and have a few of her books too. Eventually I became a chef in a nice winery restaurant. Im too old to do that now, my feet cant keep up lol. But Ill alwaya remember Julia. I even had one of her lines written on the board by me at work. She was and is still inspiring. Bon Appetit!


Saw it yesterday! It was adorable! And yes, like you, we find ourselves "speaking Julia". LOL. Especially the quote about being "the bread to my butter". And everyone clapped at the end as well. It was just an uplifting movie, and I yet, I bawled at the end...what a dork. LOL. She seemed to find the joy in every situation, what a wonderful way to live life. I was a fun before, but even more so now.

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Eve White

I can't wait to see the movie. I love cooking. My friend said it was great.


I saw the movie and loved it! Loved both Julie and Julia parts. No, I don't cook like Julia. I would love to, but my friend and I both agreed that our kids would strongly object. I've tried to cultivate their appetites a bit, but kids are kids.


Hi Kim, no, I am so sorry I have not seen it yet. Our small town has one theater and the latest movies never come here until later. I am ready to take a trip to Asheville to see that movie. I will let you know how I like it when I finally get to see the movie that is creating quite a buzz. Lucky you. I still loving my small town though.



My husband and I desperately want to watch the movie. We LOVE husband has been known to spend hours and hours watching her. She was so brilliant and oh so cute! I think if my husband had met her first, he'd have married her. He's the Julia in our house. I couldn't make a decent meal even if the world depended on it (I'd try but I'm pretty sure it would either come out undercooked or overcooked...never just right).


.........I enjoyed the movie immensely....absolutely loved Meryl Streep.......wish that Julia in her old age was not so quick to judge Julie who absolutely adored her......


KIm....I went sunday too...with my daughter & sister!! LOVED the movie...although it was hard to quit talking like Julia! And I only wished I could cook like her...but I am thinking of getting the cookbook & trying a few things! Why not! Shes inspired me! LOVE Meryl & the young women who played Julie was wonderful!! A great afternoon was had by all:)


I love to cook but I'm no Julia. I haven't seen the movie but I think that my girls and I are going to se it next week.

Cindy Meguiar

I am SOOOOOO not a Julia. "The Rev" is the "Julia" in our house. I love the pretty plates and dishes but don't care one thing about cooking something to put on them! I'd rather keep my pretty dishes to look at and eat at McDonalds.

Mary Lou

I can't wait to see this movie! Every now and then I go to the movies by myself, and just get lost with whatever I'm seeing. So, this is my plan for this movie.
I can remember my Mom and Dad watching Julia. I think my dad really got a kick out of her!
I am definitely not a Julia in the kitchen. I don't mind cooking, but I don't LOVE it. BTW my salt and pepper shakers usually end up empty when my hubby is cooking on the weekends. I guess that means I don't keep mine filled either!
Mary Lou


I loved the movie and thought it was brilliant! I went with my mom, 4 sisters and cousin last night and we all felt like cooking after! :)


Really want to see this movie! Homestyle is what I would call my cooking.


I've been following her since my little black and white 8 inch TV in theb70's ... WTTW in Chicago

today, however I found myself at the thrift shop looking for swing jackets to emmulate her "style" ...i found three!!!!

now I'm off to dig up my garage sale pearls.
I got your email're a dear

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality

Hey, Kim, not a gourmet cook, but I do OK in the kitchen. My hubby doesn't complain. :) I am dying to see this movie & have it on my list to do very soon. Meryl is always great in her roles. I loved her in the magazine editor one (completely slipped my mind). She was hilarious as the witchy boss.

Good to see you on Twitter! Hugs!


I have not seen the movie yet! But I do plan too. My son is a chef and he has always talked alot about Julia. So I do know alot about her life. I only wish I could cool like her.


I am soooooo not a Julia in the kitchen, although I have her book. A gift from a friend in the 60's. I used to like to cook. But then Sweety came along, dear sweet picky eater Sweety and that did my cooking in. Plus I have so many other hobbies that I don't have time to. I have a nice niche in the kitchen with a very respectable amount of great cookbooks. You know those "stagers" on HGTV that stage a house? Well, that's what my cookbooks are. Stagers! Giving everyone an illusion that I am a cook!!!


Hi Kim
I saw the movie too and loved it. As a young bride I tried many of the recipes from her cookbook and still have my original copy. Meryl Streep was amazing, wasn't she? I wrote a post about the movie too. You have such a knack of getting readers to respond to your posts. I never thought to ask them if they'd seen the movie :)
Hugs, Rhondi


I can't wait to see the movie. I have no doubt that I will love it.

Cookbooks take up so much space in my kitchen, as I have a full size bookshelf in my kitchen, filled with cookbooks.

Seems I do not cook the way I used to, so not sure why I feel the need to continue buying cookbooks - but I do.

I grill, roast or steam my veggies, eat mostly fresh fruits, and grill most of my meats - doesn't take too many cookbooks to do those things.:)

You definitely have me excited about seeing the movie, maybe next week.

Thanks for letting me know that it will be worth my dollar to go to the theater.:)



I have heard of Julia all my life but have never read anything about her. I want to see the movie. I highly doubt that I'm anything like her. I do keep salt in my salt shakers though. hehe



Kim, I too, love to cook - BUT I'll never be in Julia's class. Plain cooking is more my style. It is fun to play around though, isn't it? And I bought some of those big grinders for the salt and pepper, so they stay full until they run out. Then I buy more. :)


this movie looks so cute.. im seeing it tonight or tomorrow!


Hi sweet friend! I'm ashamed at how long it's been since I've dropped by. I'm planning our daughter's wedding so my "fun me time" is limited. I've sure had fun this afternoon though seeing your lovely photos and reading all the posts I've missed. I haven't seen the movie, but I sure want to.


tammy hebert

A "Julia" in the kitchen? Ha that is too funny. What is the exact opposite of a "Julia" in the kitchen? I'd dare to say I am more of a disaster..a tornado, a hurricane, a fire out of control. Yeah the last one as my last friday night burnt pizza can attest to.


Lavender Dreams

I can't wait to see the movie! I LOVE cookbooks and my hubby and I BOTH love to cook! We eat nice meals every night!

Rita May

my husband and I met on 2/22 and many years later married on 2/22, so I must get that mug in your photo! He thinks I'm Julia in the kitchen and that's what matters. I've made so many of her recipes in years past. I suggest that if anyone goes to see the movie, that they have a really good dinner beforehand. see page 315 for Boeuf Bourguignon. Bon Appetit!


Jean Eakin

I haven't saw it yet but I love Meryl Streep. I am a pretty good cook but no Julia I'm afraid.
Have a great day.
Jean in Virginia


My hubby & I went Friday night - opening night. The theater was packed. But...we both loved this movie!

As far as cooking, I think I'm pretty darn good at it. I even make up my own recipes. OK, so I can't bone a duck, nor do I want to, but who cares?!


I'm ok, but no chef!

And I have the exact same salt & pepper shakers as that green one!

Karen W

Julia ? Well, maybe a Julia wannabe, like I am a Martha wannabe and and a Paula wannabe, or a Bobby Flay wannabe, etc. I do like to cook. Gotta see that movie. My grandma loved to watch Julia Child, although she was Norwegian, and I'm sure she probably never tried any recipes by "THe French Chef", but she loved to watch! THanks for sharing! =]

Tracy Burns

I'm going tomorrow! Really looking forward to it, I read the book weeks ago based on Julie's blog and I've been cooking quite a bit since then - it was very inspiring! I never knew much about Julia Child, the book was pretty much my introduction to her, but I'm planning to get at least one of her cookbooks. Like you, I have a VERY large collection!


I'm about as un-Julia as you can get LOL Luckily dh likes to cook! And he does a really great job... mmm...


aw, that red and white checked Betty Crocker cookbook just made me very nostalgic! That was my very very first cookbook and I asked for it for Christmas when I was 12 years old :) I loved it and I read it cover to cover...trying out things like Snickerdoodles and Chicken Divan, I thought I was so very Cosmopolitan! hahaha!
Can't wait to see this movie, high hopes for it to be good!


Loved it, loved it, loved it.... I saw it with my Mother and my oldest daughter (25yo).
3 different generations and we all LOVED it!

Karen B

I'm waiting for my daughter to come home on the weekend to go see the movie. I can't wait! I've read both Julie's book and Julia's "My Life in France". I'm curious to see how they combine the two. Julie's book didn't have too much Julia in it. That's why I read the next one. The thing that amazed me is how Julia found something that she had such a passion for. What a blessing. Also, Julie's book didn't portray their marriage having too many difficulties. Nothing out of the ordinary. Her husband must be a peach, though. I'm a pretty good cook, but certainly not to the level of Julia. I'm sure I'd get pretty large if I was.


Loved the movie -- I'm a very good cook and used to have lots of company dinners -- now that all the kids are gone my husband and I eat out a lot. When I was working, as a university administrative secretary and had lots of students around, I baked endless amounts of goodies -- I was known as the "Cheesecake Queen." Even after all these years, my favorite cookbook is the red and white Betty Crocker I got in 1954 just before I got married -- still make the lemon meringue pie on page 317.



I just seen the movie last night and I SO loved it! Julie is DEF me all the way around. In fact, I JUST blogged about the movie and how it inspired me today.

Thanks! :)

PS I found your blog via "Blogging for Bliss". Rock on!

Lori Powell


Lori here....Dave and I saw the move last Friday and we both loved it! I grew up watching Julia and the Galloping Gourmet...remember him? Anyway, I have "The Book" and have tried a few things, but this movie inspired me to crack it open again...although I plan to pass on the aspic (sp) calves foot please!! See you soon.


i loved the movie. i could not wait to see it. i grew up watching her cook on tv. my mom reciently bought me a brand new vhs movie from a yard sale. when i opened the gift i was so excited :) i have a cd/ vhs combo player. i am going to watch it soon. would love to buy her cook book! i love to cook, bake and EAT:) so glad you liked the movie.

Donna Long

My book club read "My Life in France" and then we met on Saturday for brunch. Then 20 of us went to the matinée of Julie/Julia. I loved it... especially Meryl Streep! What a treasure she is.
The greeting at work this week is "BON JOUR" imitating that great American voice of hers!
Loved the movie!

Brenda Kula

Unfortunately no, I am not a "Julia" in my kitchen. I cooked for my girls as they were growing up. But having had my first at 17 and my second at 21, I guess I was tired of cooking at a fairly young age! So this cook is mostly "retired."


Hi sweet Kim :)

Well, I used to try and be like Julia every night, but when Rich came into the picture, I had to slow down a bit. He's an Ohio boy through and through and wasn't used to anything fancy. It took 3 years to get him to eat anything with gorgonzola LOL

Oh and no, I haven't seen the movie yet, but hopefully this weekend ;)

love you,

PS give Miss Maggie a big hug for me :)


I don't want to be Julia,(although I love her!). No, my goal is to be 'Grandma Drexie.'


I love to cook, but am no Julia. My first memory of her cooking show was of her cooking an angler fish. They wheeled the thing in on a cart! It was ugly and the thought of eating it was sort of sickning. She carved the thing up and made an amazing dinner. I learned to be more open minded about cooking from Julia Child. The movie looks like it would be good. The trailers are cute.


I'm definitely no Julia, but I do like to cook sometimes---especially in the winter. I love comfort foods and desserts--gotta have my desserts. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie--maybe this weekend.

Thanks for the review.

joe jones

Wow, I like to try new foods when I cook. My wife doesn't like to cook so I do most of it...Thanks for this movie girls.

sweet cottage dreams

....the only thing I have in common with Julia is being tall! If only I could cook like her. She was brilliant and very interesting as well.

I haven't seen the movie yet, but hope to this weekend.

cute post...cute shakers, too.



Nope, not a Julia...not even a Julie. I have cookbooks galore, and it's kind of a joke in the family that I have so many cookbooks and don't even like to cook!! :'


I can't get enough of this movie! I went for the first showing on the opening day! When I came out of the theater, my cell phone rang and I caught myself talking just like Julia. I have to say, I was pleased with the film, except why or why do they had to put in the naughty word! It was so unnecessary! I wish that the writers and producers could understand that there is no need to have such offensive lauguage to make a great movie.

Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

I am so not a Julia in the kitchen, but I feel a connection to her because I live so close to Cambridge, MA her home for so many years. My daughter, who lived in Harvard Square during her college years, walked past 103 Irving St. many, many times, so we went to see the movie together and we both LOVED it!! Applause broke out at the movie's end at our theater, too... a rare occurrence these days!!

I just read the post about your dad's letters, too, Kim ... Oh my gosh, just feeling all the love in those letters and in your heart... I'm sorry you didn't have him longer...

Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage


yes I went to see it Thursday night after Bunco, I liked inspired to go to my Cookbook section of my local bookstore and pick up the farm chick book and make something...out of it. I liked the movie and she was so funny and didn't know whe was so frisky...they were such a cute couple!


I haven't seen the movie but I want to. I have that SAME red Fiesta ware salt shaker. I'm a Fiesta fanatic! :)

Just hunted up your blog while reading "Blogging for Bliss". LOVELY! I will be back to visit again.


LOVED the film and thought Meryl Streep was brilliant. No, I am definitely not Julia in the kitchen, but I have fond memories of my Dad watching The French Chef. And me teasing him that Julia was his girlfriend. I just finished reading the book, Julie & Julia, and am now reading My Life in France.

C.J. Walla

Loved the movie... if you want a fab, simple Julia Child cook book... "Julia's Kitchen Wisdom." It has the very basics...
A MUST read..."My Life in France."


I know this is an old post, but I had to comment when I saw the yellow plate under the 22 coffee cup. Those plates are one of my favorite styles. When I was a child, my grandparents had an old cabin in the woods by a creek in West Virginia. Those were the plates that my grandmother used there!!! She had several different colors. A few years ago I found some yellow dinner plates and some blue sandwich plates at a yard sale. I snatched them right up! My daughter and I call them our "summer plates", because that's when we used them the most often.
Thanks for the memory!
My grandmother will be 101 this coming October.

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  • "Your words and thoughts of encouragement help me see myself with value. You are a blessing. Thank you." ~ Tracy

Thank you Karen!

  • "Your humble spirit has not changed through your many posts here in Blogland. You have been blessed with a special gift and I am very thankful you share it with us." ~ Karen

Thank You Betty Jo!

  • "You truly inspire me to do whatever I can in my own little nest. I've always been an artistic dreamer, but you've enlarged my dreams with your way of seeing." ~ Betty Jo
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