Julie and Julia splits its time between the life of Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and a later devotee of Julia's work named Julie (Amy Adams), a working class "mid-level bureaucrat" living in Queens. Julia arrives in Paris with her husband (Stanley Tucci), who works for the American Embassy. Bored with her life and clearly in need of some pursuit to occupy her mind and talents, Julia ends up choosing culinary school. Although she starts as an underdog, her hard work and persistence pay off when she is asked to help write a French cookbook for American readers. Simultaneously, Julie embarks upon the daunting task of cooking all 524 of Julia's recipes in one year and blogging about each experience.