Another emailer points out to me:
“What you missed is that she was on The New York Times payroll [from 2006-2008] as a contributing columnist — but not identified as such in any of Julia articles. Here’s an example: look at the author’s identification at the end — (just search her name on Times web site for more). The TV critic, Alessandra Stanley, threw her and the movie a promotional party. Food critic Frank Bruni has a cameo in the movie. Freelance Times food writer (and former staffer) Amanda Hesser has a speaking role. Can’t wait to read the film’s Times review!
Especially after Culture Editor Sam Sifton (whose department overseas the movie critics) cooked for her.