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Movie Review: Julie & Julia

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Review by Ryan Vincent/Special to LAist

The genre of "foodie movies" demands that the Los Angelean viewer have an after-movie plan. If you're seeing Tampopo, make haste for Daikokuya. If it's Soul Food, M&M Soul Food better be no farther than 20 minutes away. And now with Julie & Julia... well really, is there any place in Los Angeles where you can find the exquisite French food featured in the movie? Oh sure, there's Kendall's Brasserie or Church & State. But the best thing about Julie & Julia is that you're gonna wanna cook. Maybe not like Julia Child, but you'll be inspired to break out the pots and pans, and maybe even the pen and paper.

As the movie states, Julie & Julia is "Based on Two True Stories": the story of how Julia Child (played to the hilt by Meryl Streep) came to save American appetites in the 1960s from frozen TV dinners through the publication of her quintessential Mastering The Art of French Cooking, and the story of government bureaucrat Julie Powell's (Amy Adams) cockamamie idea to cook all of that book's 524 recipes in one year in a tiny Queens kitchen after work and blog about it.