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American author Julie Powell is best known for her blog, "The Julie/Julia Project," and the Nora Ephron movie Julie & Julia, which is based in part on Powell's experience.
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Author Julie Powell talks about Julia Child's influence as a chef, her legacy as a feminist, and how she helped changed the way americans thought about food.
Author Julie Powell describes the appeal of Julia Child's cookbook, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," and shares some of her favorite recipes from the book, including Julia's beef bourguignon.
Author Julie Powell talks about Julia Child's kitchen and its exhibition at the Smithsonian, as well as Julia Child's relationship with Paul Child.
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Julie & Julia was released in August of 2009, with Amy Adams playing Powell and Meryl Streep as Julia Child. Streep's performance earned her an Academy Award nomination for best actress. While praising Adams's performance in Julie & Julia, Powell has distanced herself from Adams's character in the film, calling the portrayal "a rom-com version of my life."
Powell's second book, Cleaving: a Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession, was published in 2009. The book details Powell's experiences learning the trade of butchery, first in several New York City establishments and ultimately in a butcher shop in the Catskills.
In addition to butchery, Powell's second book touches on extramarital affairs that she pursued, as well as one pursued by her husband, Eric Powell. These events took place following Powell's initial success as an author. The tone and graphic content in these sections of Cleaving provoked unsympathetic reviews. Powell has expressed surprise at the harsh reactions she received, pointing out the essential role of candor in a memoir and the ultimately constructive outcomes of the affairs, in terms of her marriage.
In the aftermath of Cleaving, Powell stated that she was planning to write a novel, rather than another memoir.
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