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Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously

by Julie Powell

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Biography & Autobiography. Cooking & Food. Nonfiction. HTML:The bestselling memoir that's "irresistible....A kind of Bridget Jones meets The French Chef" (Philadelphia Inquirer) that inspired Julie & Julia, the major motion picture directed by Nora Ephron, starring Amy Adams as Julie and Meryl Streep as Julia.
Nearing 30 and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, Julie Powell reclaims her life by cooking every single recipe in Julia Child's legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking in the span of one year. It's a hysterical, inconceivable redemptive journey life rediscovered through aspics, calves' brains and cr me brle.
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I haven't seen the movie in ages but I definitely liked it more than the book. ( )
  hellokirsti | Jan 3, 2024 |
Originally published in 2005. I have to say the movie does not capture the character of Julie very well at all as written in the book. But, what a fantastic read! Julie writes like she talks, and it's the raw truth complete with "f" words throughout and lots of humor. Some parts had me cracking up, and some parts of it reminded me of myself like her over sensitivity to her blog and her out bursts and crying...my gosh if that's not me made over...lol. I do understand her purpose in creating this challenge for herself. I wish I would have thought of it first.

Now the movie portrayed a cluttered home, when in reality it was plum filthy and disgusting with maggots in the sink drain, globs of butter on the fridge, meat grease splattered across the walls and at one point they were inundated with a million flies in the kitchen. I guess they didn't always have time to clean up with them both working and her cooking up those difficult and time consuming French meals. Most of the time they weren't eating dinner until around 10 or 11:00 pm at night. If you enjoyed the movie, then you've got to read the book. It's so much better!!! ( )
  MissysBookshelf | Aug 27, 2023 |
Julie and Julia by Julie Powell is an incredibly written book... It just wasn't for me!

This is one of those books that seemed like something going in but I came out seeing something completely different. I can't even say it was my expectations being too high because I went in knowing I was going to read about a woman trying all of Julia Child's recipes. Problem? It was a lot more about Julie's life and struggles than the cooking. Yes, her experiences and culinary journey is interesting, but the book wasn't what I wanted. I wanted to hear her make the recipes and read the struggles or when she had to use a different ingredient. I didn't really want to read about her marriage troubles.

Does that make this a bad book? Absolutely not! I think this book is phenomenal and other readers will love it. But for me? It was a flop. I just couldn't get into it, I had to force my way through, and I almost DNF-ed five separate times. It wasn't a book that kept me as a reader engaged. And that's completely okay! Not every book is for every reader.

I still recommend this book for other readers, whole heartedly. I can't say this book is bad! With this book, I think the film adaptation is what is going to win for me. In this occasion, that seems like the kind of medium that will work better with my reading/viewing preferences.

One out of five stars. ( )
1 vote Briars_Reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
I thought it was funny and real and interesting. Don't expect Powell to go into details about the recipes (although there are times when she's all about "deglazing the pan and reducing the sauce while peeling and boiling the artichoke leaves..."). She's a kind of snarky writer, which I appreciate, and (let's be real here....) inordinately obsessed with a crazy idea to begin with. That's what makes the book good in my opinion. I see other reviews that criticize her use of vulgarity and seeming lack-of-focus on making the food. But I think we are getting a real life look at someone who embarked on a crazy idea during a low point in her life. And that's the POINT of the book....to share her experience, as it happens. I'm not sure it's 5 stars, but close. And, I enjoyed the movie before I read the book, but I think the movie is a fine representation of the tone of the book. ( )
  Jeff.Rosendahl | Apr 11, 2023 |
I finished Julie & Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen by Julie Powellin a record setting THREE DAYS.

I haven't read a book that quickly in ages. Consider that it took me more than three weeks to finish the ghastly On the Road. But, of course, Julie & Julia isn't on my list of THE great modern books of our time. Hence, I actually enjoyed it.

Julie Powell was a blogger before she was an author, and it really shows. I can actually tell which parts of the book derive from her blog. The very best bits.

Her voice is incomparable and fabulous. Her sense of humor is divine. Her organizational skills . . .well, those could be refined a bit, but frankly if you like reading blogs you won't be bothered in the least by the quick changes of topic and the stream of consciousness writing.

Julie is essentially cooking her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and blogging it. In a year. And the result of that process is that she finds true joy.

My favorite chapter was when Julie tackles cooking aspic. Frankly, I didn't really know what aspic was before this book, but it is essentially gelatin. Not as in Jello. More as in calves hoof gelatin. It sounds absolutely disgusting and inedible and funny as hell.

Julie is also blissfully human. She obviously has cooking skills, but she makes lots of mistakes. When I make a cooking error, I order take out. Julie actually tries again. And again. Earning my utmost admiration. She also sucks as a housekeeper thereby managing to make me feel good about my own very minimal housecleaning skills.

All in all, if you like reading blogs, I'm quite sure you'll like reading this book. And, if you like food, you'll LOVE this book.

Tension/Engaging: 4 star
Language: 2 stars
Emotion: 4 star
Character Development: 3 star
Dialogue: 4 stars
Worth the Effort: 5 star
Social commentary/theme: 3 stars
Originality: 4 stars ( )
  Anita_Pomerantz | Mar 23, 2023 |
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Although I don’t really believe that Julie Powell finds a Julia Child-like satisfaction in the art of cooking, her bloggy memoir offers the pleasures of witnessing a thoroughly grumpy, foul-mouthed New Yorker go through a laughable late-twenties identity crisis, discover the erotic allure of good food, and tell terrible gossip about all her best friends. More than her descriptions of (badly) attempting Julia Child’s recipes or even discovering a new career, Powell’s passages evoking the sensual delights of food connect Julie & Julia to the vivid memories in My Life in France.
 
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For Julia, without whom I could not have done this, and for Eric, without whom I could not do at all
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Thursday, October 6, 1949.
Paris. At seven o'clock on a dreary evening in the Left Bank, Julia began roasting pigeons for the second time in her life.
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Lower Manhattan was not much better. There were wine stores and cheese counters and cute bistros, but since most of the fashionable people who live this far downtown prefer, like vampires, sustenance they can just grab and suck down on the run, a butcher was nowhere to be found.
I was raised in proximity to a self-cleaning stove, and have never been able to square my belief in myself as a person possessed of free will with the act of getting down on my knees to stick my head in a box befogged with carcinogenic fumes and scoop out handfuls of black goo.
The verdict on Foies Volailles en Aspic? Surprisingly undisgusting, but why eat chicken livers cold with jelly on top of them, when you could eat them hot without jelly?
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Biography & Autobiography. Cooking & Food. Nonfiction. HTML:The bestselling memoir that's "irresistible....A kind of Bridget Jones meets The French Chef" (Philadelphia Inquirer) that inspired Julie & Julia, the major motion picture directed by Nora Ephron, starring Amy Adams as Julie and Meryl Streep as Julia.
Nearing 30 and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, Julie Powell reclaims her life by cooking every single recipe in Julia Child's legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking in the span of one year. It's a hysterical, inconceivable redemptive journey life rediscovered through aspics, calves' brains and cr me brle.

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