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Review & Giveaway: Julie & Julia by Julie Powell

Julie JuliaMy rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed reading this book.

From the Hachette Books Web Site:

Julie Powell, nearing thirty and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, resolves to reclaim her life by cooking in the span of a single year, every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her unexpected reward: not just a newfound respect for calves’ livers and aspic, but a new life-lived with gusto. The film version is written and directed by Nora Ephron and stars Amy Adams as Julie and Meryl Streep as Julia.

I think the upcoming movie triggered me into a “read uncritically” view (I watch movies much less critically than I read books) because I think there should have been things I didn’t like about this book, at least minor ones.

OK, there was the food itself. I’ve never grown out of my childhood pickyness enough to eat most of the dishes she described. But even if I wouldn”t like the food, I still enjoyed the descriptions of it as well as Julie’s process of making it.

Beyond the food, there were some really entertaining characters! Meeting Julie’s mom, who worries that Julie is taking on too much. Friends that are supportive to various degrees– when they can find time around their love lives. Eric, Julie’s very supportive husband, who always comes through when needed.

This book was about more than the food, or even the project. I was about Julie’s attempt to find herself, or at least something that motivated her. It was her transitioning into the next stage of her life, even if she didn’t know it at the time. I’d love to find something that compelled me that strongly, while I’m at a transitional stage in my life– in some ways, this blog is filling that role for me.

Julie & Julia would be a good book club book. It is very readable, with lots of possibilities for discussion.

The original blog is still online, with entries from 8/25/02 through 8/13/04. See The Julie/Julia Project.

Giveaway information

Thank you to Hachette Books for providing me a review copy of Julie & Julia. Thanks to them, I’m also giving away five copies!


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  4. As a bonus (for an additional entry) tell me what your favorite food related book is.

Having an address (not a PO Box) in the US or Canada is required. I’ll pick the winners on the evening of August 4.

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Posted by on July 21, 2009 in books, giveaway, reviews


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