Thank you, Julia. And Paul.

Julia Childs Favorite Chocolate Almond Cake

Julia Child's All-time Favorite Dessert:Â Chocolate Almond Cake

I was lucky to attend the premiere party for Julie and Julia hosted by Kalyn of kalynskitchen fame yesterday.

Hanging with a group of fellow food bloggers is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, let me tell you.  And the food . . . these women can cook!!!

I had read the book awhile ago and liked it, but to me the real star of this story was Julia, and there was not enough of her in the book. Not so, it turns out, with the movie. This is one of those rare, RARE occasions when I liked the movie much better than the book.

Meryl Streep was, of course, amazing. She was more Julia Child than the actual larger-than-life Julia Child. She portrayed Julia’s playfulness and charm without doing a caricature – a fine tribute to her memory.

What struck me about the movie was the tribute to married love. Too often Hollywood glorifies lust and fleeting attraction. Traditional marriage and lifelong devotion is too ho-hum, too blah, unworthy of any acknowledgment whatsoever, it seems, by Hollywood.

Not so with this film. The life-long love affair between Paul and Julia was the most moving aspect of this movie. Without his love and devotion Julia Child, the real person, never could have achieved the status of Julia Child, the icon. I was moved to tears several times by their love and devotion to each other and am still awe-struck as I write this post.

I have fond memories of  watching The French Chef with my mom when I was little.  Julia had a wonderful way of conveying her genuine joie de vivre through every word and gesture. Her  approach to life was so inspiring to women and young girls everywhere – she made you feel like you could live joyfully and fearlessly in the kitchen or anywhere else your life might take you. She took what life gave her and she made it enough!

My contribution to the party was Julia Child’s “all-time favorite” dessert (so she says in the introduction of Mastering the Art of French Cooking): Chocolate Almond Cake. I don’t often think myself competent to make one of Julia Child’s recipes. But, this recipe makes even a non-baker like myself into an instant French Pastry Chef. It is unbelievably flavorful – creamy in the center and crispy on the outside.

One way we can honor Julia is by participating in the Julia Child Birthday Event sponsored by the blog Champaign Taste by making one of her recipes. What a fabulous tribute to her legacy to have bloggers and foodies everywhere making her recipes!

Thank you, Julia. And Paul.

— posted by Donna


  1. SUE jEFFRIES says

    Who doesn’t love Julia Child- I remember watching her t.v. show as a child and wishing to be a chef. I love to try her recipes often.

  2. says

    Julia was right: This truly is an amazing cake – has to be in my top few favorite desserts of all time.

    What a glorious way to celebrate Julia’s legacy!

  3. says

    Oh Donna, this is glorious. Do you know that three people (so far!) made this cake for the event? Fantastic. Sounds like you-all had a great time seeing the movie and then partying. Thanks so much for sharing a dish with us.

    • says

      You would have loved it! It is like a cross between chocolate cheesecake and chocolate fudge cake!

      Just bust out your copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and give it a whirl!

      “Don’t be afraid!”

    • says

      Me, too!

      One of the unexpected surprises about starting a food blog is that I feel a sense of community with other bloggers like yourself.

      It has been very fun and exciting to get to meet folks with the same passion for food and for life that I have!

  4. says

    This cake was scrumptious! I had a great time meeting you in person and sharing a lovely afternoon with Julie and Julia. I’m looking forward to reading your wonderful blog and seeing you next time at another Hive get-together!Bon Appetit!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *