The 2009 film "Julie & Julia" tells the story of how French cooking guru Julia Child inspired Julie Powell, an aspiring writer working a dreary day job, to cook every single one of the recipes in "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." Julie blogged throughout her yearlong endeavor and gained a wide Internet audience in the process, with foodies all over following her trials and tribulations.
But the movie doesn't simply detail Julie's culinary journey; it goes into that of Child herself as she decides to craft her soon-to-be famous cookbook of French recipes. Child's aim was to bring the French cuisine she learned to cook following World War II back to the American masses. The result of these efforts -- the hefty "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" -- received a boost after the movie was released. For the first time since it was originally published, the cookbook topped the New York Times bestseller list in the advice and how-to category.