This is what Julie Powell said about it on her blog: A lot of people have been asking whether it's true that Julia Child wasn't a big fan of Julie Powell, and whether she and I really didn't meet. Both of those things are true - Julia, I think, from what I gather, was less irritated than simply uninterested. Which, when I first found out, was of course devastating. But the thing about Julia, to me, was that she was a real person - a great 6-foot-2 force of nature, with tremendous gifts, nearly limitless energy and generosity, firm opinions, and even a few flaws. That's what I love about her - she inspired because she was a woman, not a saint. Not to say that her not loving my blog was a flaw. I just mean that the fact that she might not for whatever reason adore me as much as I adore her has absolutely no bearing on what is wonderful about her. Throughout her life, Julia nurtured and encouraged and gave great help to chefs and writers both. And she changed my life. No matter what she - or anyone else, for that matter - thought of the project. I know why I did what I did, and I am proud that I spent a year writing and cooking in tribute to one the most wonderful women I've ever not met. I have read in several places that Julia was aware of the blog, never read it, but was told that it was full of foul language and therefore she felt that Julie was making a mockery of something Julia holds so dear. That is what I read... does not mean that it is true. Interesting question, though.
Julia's long time friend and publisher at Knopf said this: Jones says Child did not approve of Powell's cook-every-recipe-in-one-year project. The editor and author read Powell's blog together ('Julie and Julia' was published a year after Child's 2004 death). Julia said,' I don't think she's a serious cook.' Jones thinks there was a generational difference between Powell and Child. Flinging around four-letter words when cooking isn't attractive, to me or Julia. She didn't want to endorse it. What came through on the blog was somebody who was doing it almost for the sake of a stunt. She would never really describe the end results, how delicious it was, and what she learned. Julia didn't like what she called the flimsies. She didn't suffer fools, if you know what I mean.