Sunday 26 May 2019

For the Love of Cooking and Blogging

Yesterday I saw a beautiful and yummy movie titled Julie & Julia.

It is based on books - Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously and My Life in France.
If you are a lover of food, cooking and blogging, then this movie is for you.

I watched it twice. And again can. That much I love.

If nothing, then you will be craving for butter during or after watching this movie. Because butter is all over. Cooking and food is glorified and seen as a pleasurable job rather than a chore.

The movie also highlights the modern day method of stress buster - Blogging. Blogging is shown as a way to reach out to the world and use writing for relaxation.

The protagonist is a first time blogger, failed almost in every creative sphere, takes a self-imposed challenge to cook all the recipes of Julia Child in a year. With a lot of trials, tribulations and laughter, she not only successfully finishes the challenge but also becomes a published writer and turns her blog into a book (and the book is turned into this movie! Yes, the movie is a biography of Julie Powell, a real person).

As a disclaimer, I must mention that the movie celebrates French cooking. And, while I am an Indian and almost always cook with Indian ingredients, I still enjoyed watching and made no mockery of French style of cooking. I am not even inspired to cook French food where an omlette is ever so slightly cooked and kept 10-20 percent raw, because I love how we Indians fry well our eggs and the omlette has a brown toasty color and aroma on both sides.

What truly made me love this movie is the sudden realization that Spices n Secrets (SnS) also took birth out of my love for food and cooking. I have been maintaining a recipe diary and for long I wanted it to be in a more secure form. Blogging then became my preferred choice.

Ofcourse, if you see, SnS is least of the design and narrative of a blog. It is very structured, with carefully chosen topics, and all the blog posts are well drafted write-ups by me and my guest bloggers.

And, while I am in love with how SnS has turned up, I do miss the old-school blogging in which the writer is typing away their day's activities in "Dear Diary" form, speak their heart out, and random ramblings of thoughts coming every now and then.

Anyone can start a blog and you don't have to be a writer. However, in my experience, if you are a writer or you have a knack for creative writing, blogging is an unending journey for you. One can express their feelings and connect so well, over a single blog post, you will be amazed.

And, while it may seem you are sending out words in a void of air, it is actually being read and smiled over. Some would muster up the instincts to comment, some wont. But never ever does it mean, your post was unread!

Anyways, Julie & Julia, the movie I started the discussion with today, please watch it. The movie is there in Netflix. Let me link the books for you to read and add to your recipebook collection.

You just never know what this movie will inspire you to do. Maybe you begin scramming your kitchen for ingredients and begin cooking. Or plug your computer for starting a blog of your own.





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  1. I would have to say it is a very different kind of review of the movie..beautifully written!

  2. I definitely loved every little bit of it. I have you bookmarked your site to check out the new stuff you post. Blogging