As much as I love Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Julia Child in the movie Julie & Julia, nothing, but nothing beats Julia Child portraying herself. After a bit of digging around I was able to locate and purchase possibly all of the available Julia Child’s “The French Chef” DVDs. In addition to DVDs, nowadays you can watch the original Julia Child on-line (youtube, etc.). I still cling to my “old fashioned” DVDs so I can watch Julia Child portraying herself even when my internet connection isn’t connecting.
This year I’m taking a couple of short courses at Le Cordon Bleu. The only reason I considered attending Le Cordon Bleu is because of its connection to Julia Child. Le Cordon Bleu now recognizes and celebrates their famous former student. However, if you’ve read Julia Child’s book My Life in France or watched the movie Julie & Julia you’ll be aware that during Julia’s time at LCB she wasn’t treated very well by the administration. But now, fifty plus years later as Julia herself would say <<Tant pis>> (this phrase isn’t as rude as it looks or sounds “:-)”.
I’m working on my “Julia Child’s Paris” tour – taking the bus of course to visit locations associated with her and her husband. I’ve been happily gathering more addresses and looking at bus routes thereto. This year I’ll make another pilgrimage to 81 Roo de Loo and check out the immediate neighborhood a bit more. Dehillerin’s will definitely be included in “Julia’s Paris” tour. The Hôtel Pont Royal needs to be considered. I’ll run a reconnaissance mission on Le Grande Vefour but I have trouble imagining actually dining there nowadays.
Thank you Meryl Streep for a superb performance as Julia Child. And thank you Nora Ephron* for your superb talent and for your time spent among us here on this planet. And thank you to the original inspiration; Julia Child, who became “The French Chef” on TV in America and still reigns supreme.
* The Julie & Julia DVD extras include a lovely “making of” featurette that captures essences of the brilliant Nora Ephron. The DVD is worth the price just for the featurette.