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Julia outselling Julie

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Mastering Julie & Julia

It seems Meryl Streep's portrayal of the larger-than-life Julia Child in the new film "Julie & Julia" has not only helped propel the late TV chef's book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, to the top of the book charts again, but also is eclipsing Amy Adams' portrayal of Julie Powell, author of the book upon which the movie is based.

Today on and Barnes& today, a $40 hardcover edition of Child's hefty cookbook -- first published 50 years ago -- topped the best-seller lists, easily outselling the paperback version of Julie & Julia, Powell's memoir about her year trying to cook every recipe in Child's book.

The movie flips back and forth between the the life of Child, as she becomes the French chef and cookbook author that we all knew from TV, and Powell, a New Yorker writing a blog while she attempts to "master the art of French cooking" in her tiny kitchen in her Queens apartment.

Critics, who have not been wowed by the film, have found the "Julia" story more interesting than the "Julie" story, and they're right. I saw the film over the weekend and I enjoyed it very much, though I'd have much preferred to watch Meryl Streep in a complete biopic of just Julia Child.