The first time I heard the name Judith Jones was during Sony Pictures Biopic Julie & Julia, based on the book (of course) which centers the “parallel” lives of Julie Powell and beloved chef, Julia Child.
Julia was a world-renowned American chef best known for her insane use of butter in her recipes as well as for her messy kitchen while cooking. She showed women that they can do anything they set their minds to, gave American women the French recipes they prepare to impress dinner parties, and proved that perseverance and “courage of your convictions” will get you anywhere.
As a small child, I was convinced that I would become a Librarian. At that point, my favorite class was Library Skills because I would go there twice a week, play in the card catalog, and borrow no more than 3 books from the school library, and they were almost never from my reading level. I thought all you needed to do was like books – easy, right?
Judith Jones was an editor at Alfred A. Knopf. She received the manuscript and the first recipe she tested was the infamous Boeuf Bourguignon. That’s when she knew there was something special about Julia’s cookbook. One of my favorite moments, and probably the most important one by far, was when Judith was helping Julia re-work the the title of the book itself. This is when I knew I wanted to work in Publishing. While I did understand that the job wasn’t JUST selecting a title, I knew that I was destined for a career involving books.
This movie also inspired me to start my first blog. I never wrote very often, but I was excited to have one. What did I really have to say at 15? What do I have to say even now? Julie Powell, nonetheless, inspired me to share my thoughts with the still relatively confusing internet. I connected with Julie Powell (her on-screen depiction at least), and I still do today, because she was 30 when she embarked on her journey with Julia, was a struggling writer and yearned to become a published author. Well, I want that too. I want to be able to get all of those thoughts from my brain down onto paper and finally finish my novel. I want to be a published author as well. If blogging can help me get there, then I’ll do it!
Maybe, when I turn 30, maybe Julie Powell will send some good karma my way. Maybe that’s when I’ll write my book in completion. Maybe that’s when my life will change again?
If you’ve never seen Julie&Julia, then watch the trailer in the video below. You won’t regret it, and you will probably queue up Netflix immediately.