Being Julia

No distance of place nor lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.”
Robert Southey, English Poet 1774-1843

In October, three of us were lucky enough to attend the very first showing worldwide of JULIA. This documentary tells the life of Julia Child. 

We loved it so much that a few weeks later when attending a casual lunch with other friends, we regaled them with the story and our thoughts on this fascinating woman. Several of the other guests immediately said they would go to see the documentary.

Then pinnies on, wooden spoons and glass in hand , we set out to
Be Julia.

Laughter and fun all around as three elderly women played at Being Julia.
The cast was so well chosen. Meryl Steep as Julia is superb and Stanley Tucci was all I ever thought Julia’s husband to be.
We are in the habit of giving movies that we see together, a score of 1 – 10. We all agreed that this documentary certainly merited 9.

And now somethings about Julia Child.

This documentary tells the life of Julia Child. She was born in Pasadena, California into a well-respected, upper middle-class family.   Her father was a graduate of Princetown and prominent land manager, her mother a paper company heiress. Child had a usual, at the time, upbringing.  She graduated as a History Major from Smith College, Massachusetts, in 1934.

Following the Second World War,  while working for the OSS in India, she met her liberal, supportive and adventurous husband Paul; a free-thinker whose influence helped transform Child both artistically and politically.

And he it was who introduced her to France and French cooking.  During one of her first meals in France, she ate Sole Meuniere, a white fish pan-fried in butter, and it was this that started her love of French cooking. This is a lovely dish, easy to make and delicious to eat.

The documentary covers her life in France where she attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris as the only woman, and meeting and collaborating with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle. Together the three women published Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 1961. It took twelve years of effort and chasing editors before the book was published. Do you have a copy? Mine is dog-eared and food splattered and I have no doubt yours is in the same condition.

This is a fascinating story of a woman who found her true calling/passion at 40 while by that time many women are well established in their family and/or career.

We all enjoyed this peek into a life of a woman whom we all knew of, but of whom we knew little. 


JB December 12, 2021

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