Julie and Julia is culled from two books. One book tells the story of Julia Child as she transitions from the bored wife of a diplomat stationed in France to student at the famed Le Cordon Bleu school to cooking teacher and ultimately cookbook author and star of her own TV show. The second book was written by New Yorker Julie Powell, a cubicle-dwelling government worker who, back in 2002, decided to stir things up in her life by cooking all 500+ recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking over the course of just 365 days.
And in addition to tackling Child’s recipes, Julie charged herself with creating and updating a blog based on her daily adventures in the kitchen. Julie had a history of not completing things, but was determined to see this year-long experiment through to the end. Fortunately, she had an understanding, level-headed husband on her side to steady her when the going got rough (i.e. when she had to kill lobsters, poach eggs, and perform other hazardous duties) and a strength of spirit she didn’t know existed until she followed Julia’s lead.
If you don’t know how to cook now is the perfect chance to change your culinary skills forever with Coghlans cookery school’s special Julie and Julia day. You will cook the most famous of dishes from the book a classical Beef Bourgignon with bacon lardons and rich local beef simmering away in a cast iron Le Creuset casserole dish. The flavours and aromas will startle you as you copy a classic dinner party featured in the film finishing with Tarte Tatin again formed in a classic Le Creuset Tart Tatin dish.