More Julia, Please!

Julia_pear-thumbThe reviews are beginning  to come in for Nora Ephron’s movie, Julie and Julia, which opens on Friday. So far, it’s a thumbs up for Julia, but  not so much for Julie. People magazine (8/17) puts it succinctly in its three-star review, “Give us more Julia, less Julie.” New York magazine calls Meryl Streep’s performance as Julia “transcendental.” However, “Julie’s character doesn’t even track.”

Amazon rankings reflect this judgment, even though most of the public has only seen the trailer. Interestingly, though, it’s not the Julia Child My Life in France tie-in that is selling the best, but the book that sparked both J’s careers, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which is at #33 on Amazon.

Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Volume One (Fortieth – 40th – Anniversary Edition)
Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, Simone Beck
Retail Price: $40.00
Hardcover: 752 pages
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf – (2001-10-16)
ISBN / EAN: 0375413405 / 9780375413407

Further down the list is the book that came from the blog that inspired the movie, at #53:

Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
Julie Powell
Retail Price: $7.99
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company – (2009-07-01)
ISBN / EAN: 031604251X / 9780316042512

A book that is not a tie-in at all, the recently rereleased Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom comes in at  #201

Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime of Cooking
Julia Child
Retail Price: $14.95
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf – (2009-06-23)
ISBN / EAN: 0375711856 / 9780375711855

And, at #275 is the tie-in edition of Julia Child’s own autobiography, My Life in France.

My Life in France (Movie Tie-In Edition) (Random House Movie Tie-In Books)
Julia Child, Alex Prud’Homme
Retail Price: $15.00
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor – (2009-06-23)
ISBN / EAN: 0307474852 / 9780307474858

For those who’d like to see the real Julia in action before they see the movie, there are videos of the original French Chef. Unfortunately, most library copies are out in circulation or on hold, but PBS has made some episodes available online.

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