Julie and Julia

My Year of Cooking Dangerously

Powell, Julie

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Julie and Julia
Recounts how the author escaped the doldrums of an unpromising career and lackluster Queens apartment by mastering every recipe in Julia Child's 1961 classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, a year-long endeavor of humor and accomplishment that transformed her life. Reader's Guide included.

Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, 2006
Edition: 1st Back Bay paperback ed
ISBN: 0316013269
Branch Call Number: 641.5092 P
Characteristics: 307, 10 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternate Title: Julie & Julia


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Feb 01, 2015
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stuck in a job she dislikes and worried about pushing thirty, Julie Powell decides to rescue herself by cooking every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. In between sauces, organ meats and lots of butter, Julie learns Julia's real message: the art of living with gusto. I loathe cooking, but I was cheering Julie on the whole way.

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.

Sep 01, 2011
  • mogie rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was better than the movie. There are swears in it. Just a heads up! It's a decent read.

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!

Jul 17, 2010
  • hippyheart rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of those rare laugh-out-loud books that I can't put down.
I just love the writer's original way with words.

Nov 19, 2009
  • Booker65 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed both the book and the movie. They even compliment each other. The movie spends more on Julia's life and the book on Julie's quest.

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