I finally got around to seeing the movie Julie and Julia and thoroughly enjoyed Meryl Streep’s affectionate portrayal of Julia Child. Meryl Streep was amazing, but the other star was Julia Child’s kitchen, the one on display at the Smithsonian. It’s so organized, efficient and cozy — all the things I hope my kitchen will be one day.
Also, I have to confess . . . I first learned about Julia Child through that Dan Akroyd parody of The French Chef on Saturday Night Live in the 70s (I was 4). Thankfully, Julia Child adored the skit as well and reportedly enjoyed showing it to guests.
Here’s a clip from the David Letterman Show in 1987 where he actually makes reference to that skit while Julia is demonstrating how to make a hamburger. The clip also highlights the charm and humor of Julia’s personality.
David: Have you ever cooked something Julia that just turned out awful?
Julia: Yeah. Lots of times.
David: What do you do then? What happens?
Julia: I give it to my husband.