That afternoon, Julia Child mastered French cooking, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams mastered Julia Child, the ill could walk, the young could dream, all could laugh and Nora Ephron, in her inimitable way, had orchestrated the whole thing.
Anthony Bourdain, author of Kitchen Confidential, amusingly calls good culinary writing "food porn." He is entirely right. The language of the kitchen, with its "searing," "juices" and "drippings," is semi-erotic.
Looking very Julia Child-like, actor Meryl Streep stepped up to the press conference table in a long grey dress. Her interview partner Stanley Tucci -- who plays Child's husband, Paul -- is clad in a dark sport coat and white open shirt.
Publishers didn't call Julie Powell because her blog was so well written or the Internet equivalent of Child's genuine masterpiece, but because the New York Times - by journalistic fiat - had said Julie Powell is now famous and now has a platform.