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Competition: Food For Thought

September 11, 2009 5 comments

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Thanks for all your entries, we’ll be in touch with the winners shortly.

It’s a film about food, how could we not talk about it?

Nora Ephron’s Julie and Julia opens in cinemas across the UK and Ireland today. Starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep (in a role that has her hotly tipped for an Oscar), the film is a light-hearted comedy-drama about Julie Powell (Adams) and her attempts to cook her way through the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s book, while also showing some of the life of Child herself (Streep) all presented with Ephron’s sparkling wit and timing…yes, even the most skeptical geeks amongst us still has to admit to having a soft spot for Sleepless in Seattle.

Have a look at the trailer for Julie and Julia below to see some snippets of Streep’s amazing performance and the beautiful food on offer.

To coincide with the film’s release, we’ve also got our first ever competition here at BurnAllZombies, and we’ve got two books to give away tying into the film:

Julie and JuliaFirst, we’ve got Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia: My Year Of Cooking Dangerously from Penguin Books, the book that inspired the film and a heart-warming account of the effect of Childs’ recipes on the life of a twenty-something woman, looking for meaning in her life (available at Amazon.)


My Life In Francewe’ve got a copy of Julia Child’s own My Life In France, a memoir of an American life in post-war Europe, her early days as a cook and her experiences of French culture. The biography, written by Child and Alex Prud’homme, has been called ‘Exuberant, affectionate and boundlessly charming’ by the New York Times, and if Child’s personality is anywhere near Streep’s performance, it’s easy to see why.

(My Life In France, by Julia Child and Alex Prud-homme, ISBN 9780715639009, £7.99, pbk, Duckworth Overlook.)

Both books are fascinating looks at life, love and food (as well as our relationships with them) and you’ll be guaranteed that you’ll want to read them after seeing the film, and probably want to try your hand with cooking some fine French cuisine too.

To enter the competition, all you need to do is leave a comment below, letting us know which book you’d like to read and why. If you’re not the commenting type, you can also enter by sending an e-mail to with “Julie & Julia competition” in the subject line. The winners will be picked next Wednesday, 16th September at 9pm GMT and notified by e-mail.

Julie & Julia is open in cinemas now; both books are also available for purchase, but why buy when you might win?