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We've all been tempted to eat our way through the rough patches in life, but Julie Powell took it to a whole new level when she set out to cook all 524 recipes from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year. A frustrated writer in a dead-end job, Powell blogged about her endeavors, gaining readership and a book deal on her culinary journey to happiness. Julie and Julia (directed by Nora Ephron and opening August 8) swirls Powell's struggle to find herself together with an intimate portrayal of Julia Child during the years when she fell in love with French cuisine. Meryl Streep's portrayal of the 6'2" gawky genius, Julia Child, is irresistible (not to mention Oscar worthy). Watching an exasperated young Julie Powell (played by Amy Adams) tumble to the kitchen floor, lamenting the loss of an overcooked beef bourguignon, is all the more delicious after witnessing Julia Child's squeal of success after mastering a rapid onion dice at The Cordon Bleu. With gorgeous food photography and two mesmerizing performances, Julie and Julia takes the cake for our favorite movie this summer.
It's hard to believe that Americans weren't always hooked on Iron Chef or organic veggies, but watching Julie and Julia reminds us how far we've come since Julia's cookbook changed how Americans think about dinner. We're glad that our kids have finally begun to venture away from a steady diet of chicken fingers and spaghetti, so we jumped on the chance to join a Melting Pot Tour of the Farmers' Market (the Original one, at the Grove, which is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year). We tasted doughnuts at Bob's Doughnuts and Coffee, Brazilian food at Pampas Grill, macaroons at Little Next Door, American Mac ‘n Cheese at Joan's on Third, several teas at Chado, and Japanese noodles at Mishima. Olives and bread at Monsieur Marcel came with the story of the secret caviar cheese recipe buried in an underground safe and we savored the tradition of a Pink Elephant Cake while monkey bread melted in our mouths. The tour combined the familiar (freshly baked doughnuts) and the new (fried yucca sprinkled with Parmesan from the Churrasco Brazilian buffet), and everything was portioned in bite size pieces so our kids could feel daring knowing they only had to try a little taste. We all loved connecting the history of LA to the homey tastes in our mouths.
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Melting Pot Tours of LA's Farmers' Market
Friday and Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 1PM
Meet at the corner of Fairfax and Third
Reservations required -- 424.247.9666
Hours: Daily 9:30 - 5PM
Age Recommendation: Ages 9 and up for the tour
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