The American actress says she watched all of the Julia Child cooking shows in preparing for "Julie & Julia," including the early shows where Child was still not the cultural icon that America came to know.
"I cook OK. I cook every night, so every night is not great," Streep said Thursday at the Rome Film Festival. "Every night is OK."
Streep said she can't match Child's dexterity with knives.
"I am really not that adept a cook as she was, especially with that rapid-fire knife," she said. "If I did that in my kitchen everybody would run because there would be a lot of blood probably."