With the release of Columbia Pictures’ Julie and Julia, which recently opened to critical praise and box office success, it seems food has never been hotter in the world of entertainment.
On the big screen, we have the movie starring Meryl Streep as legendary chef Julia Child and Amy Adams as the blogger who attempted to make all 584 of Child’s recipes from her â€˜Mastering the Art of French Cookingâ€™ in one year.
On the small screen, we have an entire cable TV channel, the Food Network, devoted to the subject, which has created an entire galaxy of new celebrity chefs. TV is rampant with cooking reality shows like Top Chef on cable’s Bravo, along with broadcast network cooking competitions like Hell’s Kitchen.
You can take culinary journeys with chef and author Anthony Bourdain on the Travel Channel’s No Reservations, and, of course, Martha Stewart still cooks up plenty of â€˜good thingsâ€™ on her syndicated TV show, web site, and magazine.
Movie stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow are getting into the act, too, as reported by Donna Freydkin in USA Today. Paltrow’s writing a cookbook, due in 2010, with the working title My Father’s Daughter. She recently aired a video on her lifestyle blog, GOOP.com, which shows her making roast chicken, potatoes and a spring salad.
Yes, we love food. We love to eat it. Read about it. Watch it on TV or even in a darkened movie theater. It’s never been trendier to be a foodieâ€”even in Hollywood.
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