Who is your Julia Child?

Julie and JuliaI was right. I absolutely loved the movie Julie and Julia. It was exactly what I needed after an exhausting week of checking papers and calculating grades. The movie was an engaging narrative about how two people’s lives are affected by their love for cooking. It is expected that all foodies will gravitate towards this movie and will come out with a new affinity for both characters.

I especially felt a strange likeness to Julie, who of course, had a food blog and a restlessness that I also possess.  It was quite funny to see her meltdowns after failing at several recipes (metaphor for life?). What a familiar feeling, I thought.  As for Julia Child, I never really realized what an inspiring person she was. Her brave choices in life and wonderful relationship with her husband has left me fascinated and wanting to learn more about her.

Paul and Julia Child

Paul and Julia Child

Watching this movie has also made me think, “Who is my Julia Child?” Who inspired and taught me how to cook? My mom would actually be the obvious answer, but inasmuch as I did learn a lot from her, I turned to someone else when I decided that it was time to learn how to properly cook abodo. I turned to someone who spoke to me through a poorly printed and plain looking cookbook – Nora Daza.  Nora Daza’s Let’s Cook with Nora changed my kitchen life which is why I will reserve an entire post/s just for that.

.my ever reliable copy of Let's Cook with Nora

So, who is your Julia Child?



  1. Kate said

    I don’t know if you know of or have been to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI, but it is an amazing historical village that I have the pleasure of working at as an historical presenter. I mostly work at a small house there called Edison Homestead, which shows 1915 rural life. There we cook period recipes on a coal burning stove. One cookbook we use in the 1896 Boston Cooking School Cookbook by Fannie Merritt Farmer, who was at that time the principal of the school. Over the summer Fannie Farmer has become my Julia Child and I’ve been addicted ever since!

    • missmaimai said

      No, i’ve never heard of that place but what a unique opportunity you had there. I’ve also never heard of Fannie Farmer but will now look her up. 🙂

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