Julie & Julia: Streep, Ephron and the Joy of Cooking

In Julie & Julia, two women master the art of French cuisine. And at least one of them is having a ball

Meryl Streep portraying Julia Child from the movie, Julie and Julia.

There are, of course, two Julias in Nora Ephron's new movie Julie & Julia. One is short and petite, the other extraordinarily tall and pleasantly beamy. One loves to cook, while the other lived to cook. Both are based on real people. One, Julie Powell (Amy Adams), had a bright idea, while the other, Julia Child (Meryl Streep), had a calling. Julie is a bit of a pill, while Julia, as played by Streep, is irresistible, the personification of movie magic.

But perhaps what most distinguishes these two...

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