I saw 'Julie and Julia' at the movies tonight and simply loved it. What's not to love really? Paris. New York. Blogging. Writing. Love. Marriage. Friendship. Inspiration. They are all there.
While not taking anything away from the lovely stars of the movie, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, the real stars of 'Julie and Julia' for me were cooking and food. So many people in our modern world have difficult and damaging relationships with food. We categorise it with labels such as bad and wrong. Use it as a crutch when upset, lonely and bored. Deny ourselves in an attempt to lose weight because we feel fat, unhappy and unnatractive. I have worked with and counselled many people who have struggled with food issues like these and during an earlier time in my own life, been a heavy yo-yo dieter.
What a joy it was to learn about the real lives of two women who have a love of food in a positive and powerful way. For both of them food is a life giving source, not just nutritionally, but spiritually and emotionally as well. They love it with a passion, and save for a few cooking disasters along the way, it loves them back.
Thanks Julie Powell and Julia Child for reminding this Julie that not only can we relate positively to food, but that it is possible for women, in particular, to actually love food. Now what's for dinner?