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living in: julie & julia

by amym

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It’s that time of year when people start resolving to do a laundry list of things they perhaps will not even remember come February. Want to know one of mine? To eat better. To stop grabbing slices of veggie pizza on my way home from work and actually cook a real dinner. And when I say I want to eat better, I’m not talking about eating healthy, per se, so much as eating things that taste really freakin good and home made. 2010 is all about Julia Child and butter, which brings me to my point. Julie & Julia . Actually, this post should be called simply Julia, cause that Julie chick got on my nerves.

tea kettle $40, wisk $5, rolling pin $13, marble mortar and pestle $65, pearl necklace $280, rubbage bin $47+, spectator heels $76, viking stove, bistro cutlery set $51, blue willow dinner plate set of 4 $80.

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What could be more wildly inspiring to a novice cook that dreaming about Julia Child’s perfectly perfect Paris kitchen? Tons of shiny copper overhead, well worn butcher blocks, simple and functional tools and striped linens, plus charismatic and kind host. It’s enough to make even the most timid of cooks want to get in the kitchen and get going with the beef bourguignon, already.
amy m.

Mauviel copper cookware set $1000, butter dish $25, Mastering the Art of French Cooking $19, egg crate $12, antique butcher block table $3500, basket $62, rice straw broom $27, denim apron $60, tea towel $9.

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  • I love this post! Julia’s story was so inspiring! (I agree that Julie chick was lame-o x 10). It really makes you want to get in the kitchen and make amazing things!

  • I have yet to see the movie, but I LOVE the book! These boards are always amazing. If only I could afford that antique butcher block table….

  • I just watched this on NY Eve and was absolutely crazy about it! I found everything about Julia Child so very inspiring, and I too could have watched an entire film just about her.

    Also, how awesome was it that she owned her height and wore crazy tall heels? Love that!

  • Beautiful! The combination of naturally worn in and shiny quality hits the perfect design note for 2010. I can’t wait to whip up the perfect whites with my antique whisk a new copper bowl. Best of luck with the resolution… one I think we can all embrace!

  • Oh my goodness I am so happy you posted this! I love the movie and I actually just rented it last night. learning to cook is on my bucket list, and my resolution was to start a blog like julie! Love the shoes, I may just have to get a pair!

  • Amy Merrick you are my heroine. I am so glad that you covered a) 2010 is the year of freakin divine butter – so over this mock crap and b) the only thing good about Julia is Julia. Without Meryl, that movie would have been intolerable!

    Love this. Have you seen the model of Julia’s kitchen at the Smithsonian? She traced the outline of each tool onto a pegboard, so she could always know where to put back each knife and eggbeater. It looks really neat. Someone should pegboard their kitchen.

  • This was a fun movie and the assembliage here is great looking.
    I often feel compelled to share that Viking Ranges are one of those products that have a lot of ‘curb-appearl’ with little substance. The company I used to work for (A majore US retailer) sold Viking Rnages and we had more consumer complaints about Viking than any other high-end brand name. Beautiful stoves but I’ll keep my $7000 in the bank.

  • I finally watched the DVD and I agree about Julie. My husband said he’d rather they left out that story completely and just focused on Julia. :) I love these Living In posts, by the way!

  • Yes!! you are so right. I just watched this movie (on a plane.) I only put up with the Julie part because I was so eager to see more Julia…. Meryl Streep is a genius!

  • My favourite Julia Child quote is, “If you are afraid of butter, as many people are these days, just put in cream.”

    That is the acceptable level of compromise in the kitchen.

  • I already have that whisk, those exact plates (wedding present that I picked out), the same pearls, and at least two pairs of spectators. SCORE. (But my rolling pin is marble.) Next: the trash can. Some day: the stove!

    BTW, I noticed you didn’t feature anything from Julie – thank goodness. She was AWFUL. (Heh. Hope y’all don’t know each other in life.)

  • Lovely post, as always! I agree that the Julie side of the movie wasn’t nearly as great as the book, but I covet the beautiful floral fabric draped over Julie’s couch. I’d love to know where it’s from…

  • You ought to do yourself a flavor (pun intended) and read Julia’s memoir, “My Life In France.” It is delicious and made me feel like I was right there beside her. Thanks for the inspiration. Enjoy the day! Erin

  • I’m SO happy you included the shoes! I’ve been obsessed with them since I first saw the movie. Someone needs to market the real thing(in different colors as well)….

  • Beautiful. One for your “future posts” wish list: I just saw “Le Samourai” for the first time the other night. Jeff Costello’s minimalist flat is to die for–or *in*, rather….

  • I just saw this movie last week and wanted to jump right in. If I could put a cot in that Paris kitchen, I would happily give up my apartment and live there in that one room. Thanks for this ‘living in’ . I’m inspired all over again.
    Also, by the way, the Two For The Road ‘living in’ prompted me to Netflix the movie. Loved it and loved Audrey.

  • It seems like we both watched this movie recently because I was totally inspired and I still am! I want to cook the Beef Bourguignon, but to be honest it scares the life out of me!

    PS. Julie was annoying..so needy! Maybe that’s why Julia didn’t like her!

  • If you live in or get to the DC area, the Smithsonian has recreated Julia Childs kitchen as it was. I believe all the pieces there are her actual cookbooks, appliances, utensils, etc…

  • Awesome post! The film is absolutely delicious and Meryl Streep is a genius. I want to be buried in that Paris apartment. That green is so creamy……oh, and I agree whole-heartedly about the shoes. I was so born in the wrong decade.

  • I had to giggle, because I read the book Julie and Julia, and loved it, until I read My Life in France, saw the movie, and reread Julie and Julia….then I realized it’s JULIA I loved, and Julie is really kind of annoying. :O) Great great post.

  • the folks at columbia pictures screwed this one up -big time. JULIA is who we care about! at least meryl saved an otherwise unbearable film. i loved her as julia (though i love her as anyone). favorite line: “good, not great”.

  • i loved this movie and you are right that julia was annoying. thank you so much for posting this thoughtful look at mastering the beauty of french cooking!

  • I think I might be the only person that Julie didn’t annoy!! Just watched the movie last weekend, and thought it was adorable…especially Julia! Love your finds.

  • I confess I am starting to wonder why they make alot of modern woman characters whiny, loud and annoying these days. However the art direction and Meryl made it. I saw it just before lunch and came out RAVENOUS. Since then i have tried to mimic the odd meal seen on that movie, with varied success!

  • I just watched J&J this weekend and am now completely inspired to cook! I loved Julia’s story and agree that Julie was annoying. The movie was romantic, inspiring and made me so hungry! Thanks for putting this post together – Going to link from my blog!

  • just fabulous amy… loved the movie to bits…. read both books, and well, had read the julie blog, but julia has always captured my heart…. my life in france is one of my favorite rereads to just feel the love! (of butter, cooking AND my husband) these posts are so good.

  • Great post! I enjoyed the movie, though it made me crave butter for some reason… (but not lobster!). If you’re feeling “Julia” and you want to impress your friends try making this Cranberry Cinnamon Clafoutis. It has all your basic food groups: butter, eggs, milk (substitute 1/2 & 1/2 – better), sugar, liquor. Oh and cranberries! Eat it while it’s still warm. Oh, yum.

  • Well, I’m not surprised that I’m comment number 63! A SPOT-ON “Living In” – nigh I say the others weren’t, this one is just my préféré! Maybe it’s my parisian mother with country b&b owner roots, or maybe it’s my love of Meryl Streep harnessing one of the most influentially bold characters of our time, but I am absolutely smitten with everything here. Thank you, Amy, for once again motivating me to design better. To be more precise and know what I love. Happy twenty-ten to everyone!

  • I have to say that ‘Living In’ is my favorite part of D*S! Such a simple concept, yet it thrills me to find that someone else felt the exact same way when they watched a movie!

    A few movies I’ve been ‘Living In’ since I first watched:

    Clueless (No, not a typo)
    Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson)
    Anne of Green Gables
    The Brothers Bloom

    I would LOVE to see ANY of these in this category! :)

  • This movie combines so many things I love: food, cooking, blogging, meryl, never giving up, do what you love… the list is infinitive! It’s indeed on my favorite movies list.

    I cook absolutely every day for myself (I live alone). Love it. It’s the way I can relax after a busy day. I love to combine veggies and come up with new dishes…
    Yesterday I was cooking a new soap recipe and wondering to myself: to cook is like to design, if we combine the right tastes we get the best dish, no matter what. They both operate on the creative essence, don’t they?

    Btw, the soap’s name is “chocolate soap”.

  • Living In is #1 on DS! Love the style elements you pull out and highlight. Like souvenirs from a vacation, they reignite the inspiration and delight.
    Loved the movie, MS could make reading a phone book fun.

  • Such an inspirational post; love it! This reminds me of my mom’s annual new year’s resolution: To eat well & not start smoking. I’ve made it mine for 2010 as well :) Good luck to us all in the new year!

  • Thanks for the post, it reminded me that I wanted to get the DVD (yes, one of the things from my list) I loved the film and could not stop thinking about Boeuf Bourguignon FOR DAYS! Hurray for butter!

  • I just received that hardcover edition of Mastering the Art of Cooking! It’s beautiful and I’m anxious to dig in and test the recipes!

    Great post, so inspiring…takes me right back into the movie. My favorite parts were with Julia too…Julie, not so much!

  • I was fortunate to meet Julia five times and to sit in on the filming of “Julia and Graham (Kerr), Cooking Together”. She was a very gracious and generous woman, always interested in the world around her. For beginning cooks, get the DVD’s of her shows….then the books. FYI, Cooking with Julia is a much easier book to follow that either of the “Mastering” books. Bon Appetit!

  • I’m totally with you. I’m English and didn’t even know who Julia Child was until the Movie, but now I love her. She and her pearls are genius. Julie on the other hand needs to work on herself a little.

  • Actually, it was that dashing Paul Childs who designed the Cambridge kitchen, outlining the knives etc. He was an artist, Latin scholar, jujitsu expert, and fencing instructor. He had a long time mistress 17 yrs his senior in Paris before the war. She died of cancer in 1940. He had been living and working in Paris since the 1920’s. I first saw Julia Child on PBS in about 1962 when I was home sick in grade school. Only 4 channels anyway, I was just flipping channels when…..i saw this really big lady with a funny voice making omelets. She flipped one that didn’t make it. She just rescooped the whole thing into the pan and said that she had not the courage of her convictions. ha! never forgot her. Her life nad Paul’s could have carried the film.
    Why they had to muddy the story with that other woman does not compute at all. Bon Appetit! everyone! Paul and Julia’s love story lives on. MFR

  • Another thing, Julia says never be afraid of butter…you must have it in your diet everyday or you just turn into a big ball of dandruff! Ha!

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