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Friday, March 26, 2010

Julie & Julia by Julie Powell review.


Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell
Release Date: September 7, 2006
Age Group: Adult
Pages: 336 pages
Movie: Yes, a film was released in 2009, now available on DVD.
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Summary: Julie & Julia is the story of Julie Powell's attempt to revitalize her marriage, restore her ambition, and save her soul by cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I, in a period of 365 days. The result is a masterful medley of Bridget Jones' Diary meets Like Water for Chocolate, mixed with a healthy dose of original wit, warmth, and inspiration that sets this memoir apart from most tales of personal redemption. - Amazon.com
Review: From the very beginning Julie & Julia is an absolute delight to read. From explaining how she discovered her mother's copy of The Art of French Cooking and how it really changed the way she thought of food, to the frustrations of living in a small apartment above a Pizzaria and having a small kitchen, to having to cook a live lobster and hearing "Lobster killer!" in her head all day. No matter the story or circumstance, she writes with such humor and honesty that makes you feel as if you were experiencing those events right there with her or even hearing it from a good friend. You'll find yourself crying along with Julie in frustration as she questions her marriage, career, life, and determination. You'll find yourself laughing along with the quirkiness and sometimes awkwardness. But most of all, you'll find yourself cheering her on and not being able to set the book down.

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