Julie and Julia

Julie and Julia

365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

eBook - 2005
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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 cré me brûlée.
Published: Little, Brown and Company

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NMostacada
Jul 19, 2020

I love Julia Child and I love the movie “Julie and Julia” so I would have thought that I would have been head over heals in love with this book which the movie is based off of. I hated this book! In the movie, Julie Powell comes off as an innocent, well meaning, fan of Julia Child who cooks her way through the cookbook. In her book she comes off as a terrible person! She encourages her friends to have affairs, she complains about the tedious work she does as a temp for the government, and she is cruel to her husband. I couldn’t even finish it because the writing is so poor as well in it. It was unclear in the movie why Julia Child didn’t like Julie Powell, it became very clear in the book.

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MunchettaB
Nov 10, 2019

While the movie version of Julie's story is rated PG-13, this book is definitely rated R. While still an interesting story of a woman's year-long journey navigating life through cooking, it is not quite as polished as the sweet experiences found on screen. This reads more like a diary and has the same kind of candid quality. I recommend this for readers who like snarky memoirs and can handle foul language and less-censored thoughts on sex and politics (and, of course, French cooking).

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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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GLNovak
Oct 02, 2015

I saw the movie when it first came out and loved it. I found I liked the book less than the movie. Julia and her quirkiness figure in it but not as much as in the film, and Julie is much more frenetic than I remember her in the movie. You might want to read in snatches to protect your sanity. The whole account is one manic note after another generously smothered with buttery creamy sauces. I am sure I would not like Julie as a friend because of her hyper neediness, but I do admire her for her crazy choice of challenge and her amazing ability to apply herself to 'getting it right', or as right as she can often after more than one attempt. She is turning thirty but you would think her still in her teens. Her husband is a saint.

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

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.

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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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mogie
Sep 01, 2011

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

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jmorocho
Aug 17, 2011

100 times more satisfying than watching the movie. If you like this I highly recommend also reading Julia Child's "My Life in France".

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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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