Julie and Julia : My Year of Cooking Dangerously Paperback
by Julie Powell
Julie Powell's "Julie & Julia" is the story of the culinary blogging sensation that inspired the hit film.
Living in a tiny apartment in New York and trapped in a job she hates, Julie Powell sees life passing her by.
Then one night, she notices that the few items she's grabbed from the Korean grocery store are the few items she's grabbed for Potage Parmentier, as described in Julia Child's legendary cookbook, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". And The Project is born. Julie begins to cool - every one of the 524 recipes in the book, in the space of just one year.
Soon The Project is all she can think about. While the richness of the food she slaves over spreads into the rest of her life..."Sassy, quirky and disarmingly honest...Powell draws high-calorie comedy from her exploits". ("Marie Claire"). "A gem of a book ...both hilarious and touching". ("Glamour"). Julie Powell started to entertain readers on her infamous blog, on which she pledged to cook all the recipes from Julia Child's iconic cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". The blog achieved a dedicated following and, as a result of this, it evolved into "Julie & Julia" - a novel which connects Julie's blog to a reworking of Julia Child's biography. "Julie & Julia" was adapted for film by Nora Ephron in 2009 and starred Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. "Cleaving", the sequel to "Julie & Julia", is also available from Penguin.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/08/2009
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9780141043982
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Review by nicx27
A decent read about Julie Powell, a woman who was approaching 30 and having an early mid-life crisis. She came across a copy of Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and decided to cook her way through all 524 recipes in a year, at the same time recording her progress on a blog. The writing is good, but not riveting, but I did enjoy the read and am looking forward to seeing the film.
Review by redjanet
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. For me, this is one of those instances where I enjoyed the film more than the book, but that's mainly because I enjoyed the combined story of Julia Childs an Julie Powell rather than just Julie's story on it's own. The reason? Julia Childs is far more interesting.This isn't to say that I didn't relate to Julie at all. I understood the joy she got out of doing the Project and related to her political leanings and love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (though as a native New Yorker I took offense to her rude remarks of the people of my home town - why was she living there if she hated it so much?). However, I really didn't care all that much about what was going on in her friends' lives. That isn't why I chose to read the book. I was more interested in the cooking and the experience of the cooking. Okay, maybe the lives of her friends were intertwined to her own experiences, but the amount of details she went into about her friends kind of felt like filler, when I really wanted to hear more about her cooking experiences.This was a fairly enjoyable, easy read, but I would like to now read Julia Childs's account of her life in France as I have the feeling that would be far more entertaining.
Review by elliepotten