Friday, August 7, 2009
A Motivator for All Cooks
My husband and I just returned from the movies. Naturally, we had to check out Julie & Julia on it's first debut nationwide. I had purchased the book from Strand, but with my crazy schedule I wasn't able to complete it in time. (Don't worry, I will finish the rest of the book as there are always details that are omitted.)
Meryl Streep did a marvelous job impersonating Julia Child. Her look, her voice, her body language and her laugh matched the flare and quirkiness of the one and only Julia that millions have grown to love.
As I watched the movie I thought of the similarities I shared with both women: The fact that both held office jobs and led a "secret" life. The fact both searched for something that would give them purpose, although it was right under their nose. The fact that they both jumped into something wholeheartedly, worrying about the aftereffects only after they committed. The fact that they both went through a period of uncertainty, but kept striving after what they believed in. And the fact that they showed how the common person could easily prepare delicious meals--that may seem difficult--after "mastering" french techniques.
At the end of the movie my heart glowed with warmth and my face with a few tears. Trust me, I know I made the right decision leaving my job to pursue cooking. And I know that so long as I continue to put my heart in all that I do I will make an impact regardless to how big a small--an impact nonetheless.
The movie for some may be mere entertainment, for others a chance to get a glimpse of the life of an icon, for me it was motivational. If you get the chance, definitely go see Julie & Julia it will open your mind and hearts to a passion that we should all relate to, whether it be of food or what ever strikes your fancy. You never know it may even inspire you to prepare your own Boeuf Bouginon or debone a duck. Either way it is definitely worth your while. Go and enjoy! Bon Appetit!
Posted by Chef Raquel Rivera-Pablo