The Dish Rag asked Nora Ephron how she selected the recipes for Meryl Streep and Amy Adams to make in her delicious new comedy, "Julie and Julia."

The writer/director explained, "I had them cook all my favorite recipes from Julia Child … and a couple of my unfavorites, like aspic, because who would ever make it?"

Is it impossible to achieve real happiness without butter?

"I feel this way, but, you know, there are probably some people who have probably achieved happiness without it. But I feel sorry for them."

Don't even think of making a totally lame joke about butter's lubricating qualities. She won't bite.

So … should audiences go see the foodie's delight, "Julie and Julia," on an empty stomach or a full stomach?

"That is a question I cannot answer," Ephron said. "But I think it's probably better to go hungry and then spend the whole movie trying to figure out what you're going to eat afterward."

Truth is, I got really hungry just standing on the red carpet last night.

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