Have you found your passion?
A great movie about finding your passion is Julie & Julia. It is an excellent film, based on two true stories. First, it’s the story of how Julia Child, famous chef, became Julia Child, during her time in Paris after the second world war. And at the same time, we have the story of Julie Powell, a young woman living in New York City right after 9/11, who is looking for meaning in her life. Julie decides to cook her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and blog about her experience. She gives herself a year to cook over 500 recipes!
The heart of the film is about two women who are unsure about their true purpose in life and are searching for something … neither really knows what it is but they both find something amazing in the kitchen. Julia Child begins taking lessons at the famous Cordon Bleu. This is where it all began for this amazing chef and writer. Did you know that her most famous book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking took over 8 years to be published? Julia Child develops a deep passion for French cooking and becomes a true master in the kitchen.
Julie Powell on the other hand, doesn’t have the luxury of learning from Cordon Bleu, so she uses the book as her textbook on how to become a master of French Cooking. She has a full time government job, which she generally dislikes and is married to a wonderful man who is very supportive. Somehow she finds not only the time but the commitment to follow through on this challenge. And in the process, becomes a different person, a more confident and passionate women, who finds her talent not only in the kitchen, but also as a writer. It’s a bit of a fairy-tale story in fact. Julie’s blog has been turned into a book and a movie!
What did I love about this movie?
What I loved about this movie was that it’s about two women in different eras who are looking for meaning in their lives, and through cooking, especially French cooking, each has a chance to create an amazing life and future for themselves. Neither of their journeys were without bumps on the road, but in the end, they both triumph! And the stories are based on their real lives. I really connected with this film and it made me think about my passions in life as well.
For me, another connection was with French cooking. Growing up with a French dad (He’s from Paris) and a French-Canadian mom, who is a dietitian by trade, there was a lot of great food cooked in our home.I have never realized that many of the dishes and cooking pans/pots etc. were distinctively French. We have a beautiful copper frying pan, that shows up in the first few scenes of the movie and I know both my parents cooked using the orange Le Creuset dutch over.
Even more interesting, there is a scene where Julie is using a food processor and I have the exact same one, a Cuisinart handed down from my parents. I realize now that I really don’t know how to cook, nor do I take the time to cook. My parents taught me so many things in the kitchen, but I rarely use these skills. Now that I’m having a child of my own, I have been thinking about learning more traditional French cuisine so that I may pass it on my children.