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"It's about love, it's about marriage, it's about changing your life,” says Ephron of the themes that motivated her to make Julie & Julia. "I'm obsessed with food, but there were at least eight other reasons why I had to do it, like doing things you care about and finding happiness through that.” "What unites these two stories is passion,” says producer Laurence Mark. "Julie Powell and Julia Child both discovered a passion – in each case, a passion for food – that got them through tough or uncertain times. The movie is also about marriage – how it's a delicate balancing act. Julie and Julia have both somehow figured this out, and no matter the ups and downs, they're crazy about their spouses and their spouses are crazy about them.” 

The film takes the remarkable approach of adapting and interweaving two celebrated memoirs: Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme. My Life in France is Child's own story of her years in post-World War II Paris as the wife of American foreign-service employee Paul Child, when she was able to turn her ardor for French cooking into a dedicated mission to spread its pleasures to American households. After becoming the first American woman to study at the famous Cordon Bleu cooking school, she popularized French cuisine in America by co-writing the English-language cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The book's popularity led to a cooking show career that made her a household name in the United States. 

More than anyone else, Child steered American eaters away from the canned, the frozen and the processed and into food that was fresh, flavorful and made with unbridled joy, a wonderful metaphor for approaching life. "When you talk about passion, Julia Child didn't just have it for her husband or cooking, she had a passion for living,” says Streep. "Real, true joie de vivre. She loved being alive, and that's inspirational in and of itself.” 

A half-century later, in 2002, New Yorker Julie Powell was nearing 30, dissatisfied as a writer, and facing an emotionally depleting day job working for an organization devoted to rebuilding the World Trade Center site after 9/11 and helping displaced residents resettle. Spurred to change her life, she decided to cook her way through Child's masterpiece – 524 recipes in 365 days – and chronicle her efforts in a blog. With the encouragement of her husband Eric—who was happy to devour the fruits of her labors—Julie began detailing the ups and downs of her time-consuming project.  Today, blogging is part of the fabric of our lives, but in 2002, Powell was a blogging pioneer. 

Mark says, "I think at the outset of this endeavor, Julie may not have realized just how ambitious it actually was. But since she was clearly getting a kick out of it, and the results were so delicious, it all became somewhat more manageable.” Powell's writings became so popular that, like Child, she got her own culinary adventure published: Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously was released by Little, Brown in 2005. 

But before Powell even had a book deal, producer Eric Steel had taken notice of her, including in a New York Times profile written by food writer Amanda Hesser. "Julie was really one of the first bloggers to sort of break out of the tiny orbit that some of these people live in,” Steel explains. "She had a real audience. By the time I found her, she had thousands of people reading her blog every day.” 

At the same time producer Amy Robinson was looking to turn the love story of Julia and Paul Child into a movie. Hearing about Steel's option on the rights to Powell's story, Robinson proposed the two combine their narratives. "I thought, ‘You can combine these two things, these two marriages, these<

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