Julia Child Considered The Julie/Julia Project 'a Stunt'
Publisher's Weekly spoke to Judith Jones, Senior Editor and Vice President at Alfred A. Knopf, and Julia Child's editor and confidante, who shared her recollection of Child's feelings on Julie Powell's blog:
Jones says Child did not approve of Powell’s cook-every-recipe-in-one-year project. The editor and author read Powell’s blog together (Julie and Julia was published a year after Child’s 2004 death). “Julia said, ‘I don’t think she’s a serious cook.’ ” Jones thinks there was a generational difference between Powell and Child. “Flinging around four-letter words when cooking isn’t attractive, to me or Julia. She didn’t want to endorse it. What came through on the blog was somebody who was doing it almost for the sake of a stunt. She would never really describe the end results, how delicious it was, and what she learned. Julia didn’t like what she called ‘the flimsies.’ She didn’t suffer fools, if you know what I mean.”
Also, we can't help but call out the hideous
modification of wraparound on the cover of Mastering The Art of French Cooking (buy at Amazon) to promote the film Julie & Julia — is nothing sacred?
Update: Matt in the comments informs us that it's just "a wraparound band on the cover promoting the movie. Take it off and it's just 'Mastering The Art Of French Cooking'." That's not so bad then.