Turns out there's a story behind the story (OK, when isn't there?).
Apparently Streep had encountered Childs some years ago when seeking Childs' endorsement and support to back one of Streep's 'we are being poisoned by food' agendas, which Julia (who seems to feel that most anything in moderation is fine ) was utterly uninterested in.
Childs was also vehemently against the scare tactics and fear mongering utilized by purveyors of these agendas. That seems to have annoyed Streep, who made some accusations in a recent UK Telegraph article about Julia and the American Council for Science and Health.
So then the ACSH had to weigh in. You'll find Dr. Whelan’s response to the Meryl Streep interview here.
Don't you love getting a glimpse of the complexities of human relationships, the occasional myopia of personal agendas, and general (IMHO) lack of common sense? It does make me appreciate and strive for a measured assessment of information.
Despite her personal differences, Streep offered a lovely redition of Julia, a woman with a delightful joi de vivre. I really enjoyed the film, and if you have a chance next time you're in Washington, D.C. go to the Smithsonian's Museum of American History and visit Julia Childs' kitchen.