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Julie and Julia

365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen : How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Powell, Julie (Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Julie Julia is the story of Julie Powell's attempt to revitalizeher marriage, restore her ambition, and save her soul by cooking all 524recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, VolumeI, in a period of 365 days.The result is a masterful medley of BridgetJones' Diary meets Like Water for Chocolate, mixed with a healthy dose oforiginal wit, warmth, and inspiration that sets this memoir apart from mosttales of personal redemption.When we first meet Julie, she's a frustrated temp-to-perm secretary whoslaves away at a thankless job, only to return to an equally demoralizingapartment in the outer boroughs of Manhattan each evening. At the urging ofEric, her devoted and slightly geeky husband, she decides to start a blogthat will chronicle what she dubs the "Julie/Julia Project." What follows isa year of butter-drenched meals that will both necessitate the wearing of anunbearably uncomfortable girdle on the hottest night of the year, as well asthe realization that life is what you make of it and joy is not asimpossible a quest as it may seem, even when it's -10 degrees out and yourpipes are frozen.Powell is a natural when it comes to connecting with her readers, which isprobably why her blog generated so much buzz, both from readers and mediaalike. And while her self-deprecating sense of humor can sometimes dissolveinto whininess, she never really loses her edge, or her sense of purpose.Even on day 365, she's working her way through Mayonnaise Collee and endingthe evening "back exactly where we started--just Eric and me, three cats andBuffy...sitting on a couch in the outer boroughs, eating, with Juliachortling alongside us...."Inspired and encouraging, Julie and Julia is a unique opportunity tojoin one woman's attempt to change her life, and have a laugh, or ten, alongthe way. --Gisele Toueg
Authors: Powell, Julie
Title: Julie and Julia
365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen : how one girl risked her marriage, her job, and her sanity to master the art of living
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 309 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Julie Powell
ISBN: 031610969X
Branch Call Number: B-Po8716j 2005
Subject Headings: Cooking, French Anecdotes Women cooks Anecdotes Child, Julia. Mastering the art of French cooking Powell, Julie
Topical Term: Cooking, French
Women cooks
LCCN: 2005007974
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Follow Julie as she lives, blogs and cooks her way through Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," one day at a time.

The blog, that became a book, that became a sensation, that became a movie. Follow Julie as she makes every recipe in Child's classic "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" over the course of a year.


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Aug 07, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the movie, which is what moved me to pick up the book. Honestly, I could have just stuck with the movie. It's not that the book is bad, it just left me with no emotional takeaway. Julie Powell uses Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and Julia Child, to find meaning in her life. Except that we never see how that's accomplished, if it is in any way, as apparently blogging about such a feat is what REALLY brought meaning to her life (in terms of a job opportunity). What we do see is an often hysterical, quite self-depricating, funny but occasionally too bitter for my tastes 29 year old panicking about getting old and having a crap job. And also about cooking. I enjoyed most her explanations about how each recipe was done (as I don't speak French, hearing a firsthand account about stripping marrow from bones, for example was both funny and educational). What I liked least was the fact that she apparently throws tantrums a lot, and in the book she makes no excuses for it (which is fine) but it happens so often that is just seems....pointless. And distracting. I appreciate that she portrayed her marriage as very even-keel and balanced, and she apparently became a tinge less judgmental (of friends, anyway- members of an opposing political party are fair game) by the end of her year-long journey. Also, maybe this bitter cynicism and holier-than-thou crap is a New Yorker thing? In which case, that was educational as well.

In my honest opinion, if you are looking for a "year in the life" book, fascinated by the early days of blogging, or need some support that you are not alone in being frustrated by French cooking, this is a good book to pick up.

Nov 20, 2011
  • Carmine1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Having LOVED the movie I was a little disappointed in the book. I'm glad I read it but found "Julie" a lot less likable than the movie version.

Mar 31, 2011
  • vwruleschick rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It was OK story, I thought there would be more - has similar feel like Eat, Love, Pray. It was a book I could put down, as it didn't feed that interest in me. Also be prepared some American political views.

Mar 11, 2011
  • lilwordworm rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It was plain but it was cute. I can’t cook but it made me want to try some of the recipes.

Jan 24, 2011
  • BookishLady rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It was okay. The movie version of Julie is much more likeable. Although sometimes funny, the stories about cooking are far less interesting than Julie and her friends' lives, but receive way more print space. I would stick with the movie, and I say that as a die-hard "must read the book!" person.

Dec 19, 2010
  • Keep_On_Rockin rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A great book that was not only hilarious but gave such descriptions of the foods and recipes that made me hungry every time I read it. I could hardly put it down!

Nov 12, 2009
  • navymom rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

enjoyed the book! found an uncataloged copy at the Lois Hole library in the paperback sectoin.

Nov 10, 2009
  • princess1234 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I saw the movie but havent read the book...i was hooked on the movie though....excellent story...

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