Sometimes being a journalist is a pretty sweet gig -- literally. Bear in mind that before the folks at Sony filled the bellies of a handful of film and foodie writers, I had already written about Julie and Juliafor another publication in anticipation of a strong movie written and directed by one of Hollywood's funniest and smartest rom-com directors, Nora Ephron, starring two formidable talents, Amy Adams and Meryl Streep.

Julie and Julia
is two parallel stories about blogger-turned-memoirist Julie Powell and her hero Julia Child. Powell, an NYC writer fed up with her day job and yearning for a way to get back to her creative writing roots, starts The Julie/Julia Project, a blog chronicling her adventures cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child's classic cook book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Streep transmogrifies into Julia Child for her half of the story, which follows her transformation from a French foodie in Paris to chef and author as detailed in her bio My Life in France, which she co-wrote with Alex Prud'homme.

The event I attended included cooking demos by chefs from Le Cordon Bleu and Julie Powell, juicy details from food stylist Susan Bode, and a roundtable with Ephron and Powell. And food. Let's not forget the food. Questions and answers from Nora and Julie, plus an exclusive photo from the movie, after the jump.