Julie and Julia

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

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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
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2005
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316109697
031610969X
Branch Call Number: 641.5092 P8714J 2005
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 25 cm

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cheryljparis
Aug 30, 2017

I saw the movie first and then read the book--well over half of it anyway. The movie is very entertaining and the book...well, had she stuck to just a relation of the cooking it would have been good. The author gets rather crude and vulgar, going into topics that have really nothing to do with her cooking project. I found the addition of these episodes a big turn-off and stopped reading. My opinion: don't bother.

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QnVz
Oct 21, 2015

Witty! Hilarious and absolutely gorgeous book oozing with spicy and sweet details into her life and journey through cooking. Couldn't put it down!! I loved it!! I didn't know there was a movie until others saw me reading it--given the comments, I'd love to watch the movie now too...perhaps it is me wanting to like Julie more too besides being amazed at her wit and perspective.

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

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.

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Carmine1
Nov 20, 2011

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.

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vwruleschick
Mar 31, 2011

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.

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lilwordworm
Mar 11, 2011

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

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Oct 21, 2015

"It wasn't the food exactly. If you looked hard enough, the food started to feel almost besides the point. No, there was something deeper here, some code within the words, perhaps some secret embedded in the paper itself. I have never looked to religion for comfort--belief is just not in my genes. But reading MtAoFC--...I thought this was what prayer must feel like..."

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