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Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
Julie and Julia 365 Days 524 Recipes 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
Author: Julie Powell
With the humor of Bridget Jones and the vitality of Augusten Burroughs, Julie Powell recounts how she conquered every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Julie Powell is 30 years old, living in a rundown apartment in Queens and working at a soul-sucking secretarial job that's going nowhere. She needs something to break...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780316109697
ISBN-10: 031610969X
Publication Date: 9/28/2005
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 212 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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metaphysicalmama avatar reviewed Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
Having just finished reading "My Life in France" by Julia Child, this was a great follow-up. Julie Powell's humorous rendition of her attempt to cook all of JC's recipes in "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" had me howling. But it also cause me to reflect back on when I was 29 going on 30 (more years ago than I care to remember) and making the transition from a young woman just cruising along to one who wanted to make something more of her life. I would not hesitate to recommend this book. In fact, it has been my favorite book so far of my summer reading.
reviewed Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen on + 27 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
A fun book with some hilarious adventures (and misadventures) in food. Those with a sensitivity toward strong language beware! Julie has a mouth like a sailor just off a three-day binge.
sweetiepetey avatar reviewed Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen on
Helpful Score: 7
My overwhelming feeling when reading this book was that I had no idea how gross French cooking was! I was treated to many laughable moments, a few deep thoughts and even moments of wanting to slap the main character. In the end I admired the quest that Julie took on and the meaning that she etched out of it. It definitely has the potential to inspire one to dream outside of the box.
DesertShaman avatar reviewed Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen on + 203 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Really fun, quick read. I've heard lots of complaints that she didn't follow all the recipes exactly, yada, yada. Well, really the book isn't about the recipes, it's about this woman's search for a purpose in life and how she accidently found it through Julia Child.
NewRuth avatar reviewed Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen on
Helpful Score: 5
I started reading this book expecting to like it. What's not to like about a tale of someone taking a year to cook every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1? Unfortunately, Julie littered the book with nasty comments about how mean Republicans are while writing things like this from page 170(hardback edition):,"I had to go to the six Democrats in the office and tell them they might want to take a pass since there might be ceramic shards or antifreeze in it." The "it" being a dessert that she left to share in the staff kitchen of the government office where she worked. If the author would have stuck to food and cooking, it might have been an enjoyable book. As it was, it left a bad taste in my mouth. Maybe the author's bitterness is what Julia Child didn't like.
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reviewed Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen on + 1283 more book reviews
I love good food and enjoy Julia Childs so very much but this book seemed to make fun of her and her recipes not to mention the horrid use of one unsavory word over and over as well as sharing some oddest aspects of her own life. I guess it's supposed to be a humorous take on living in a tiny New York apartment and trying to cook one's way through Julia Child's classic cookbook. Some may find it humorous. I didn't. I find it strange, too, that cooking supposed to help the author find purpose to her life yet most of the book is devoted to her cooking failures which seem too occur most of the time.
sabrinalynn avatar reviewed Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen on + 6 more book reviews
So, so much better than the movie. The movie was "cute" and this girl in the real story is truly a mess. I love this character.
boradicus avatar reviewed Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen on
I haven't read the book yet but the movie was fun romp! I loved learning about how Julia Childe got her start! I used to watch Julia Childe when I was a music composition student! She was so funny! She also had the dope on how to make a mean casserole and other entertaining things to cook on my restricted college budget!
daedelys avatar reviewed Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen on + 1756 more book reviews
Have you ever seen a movie and then just wanted to read the book because it seemed like a good idea at the time? That's how I decided to get this book and was then horribly disappointed. I had assumed, as I'm sure many who have seen the movie had, that the parts with Julia and Paul Child were based on actual events. They're not. Instead, the author thought it would be cute to make stuff up based on what she's (again, I'm assuming) read elsewhere. In a way, I felt oddly betrayed that the parts with the Julia and Paul Child were fiction when I was actually hoping for something that the author had researched. Although, the part where the real Julia Child put down the author was probably my favorite part. ;P

I had expected, from seeing the movie, that Julie was a bit of a drama-queen, but she's even more so in the book. I prefer to read a book where I either really like the character because they are someone I can understand or love hate them because they're such great villains. Julie is so self-absorbed and whiny on a consistent basis that I can't help but dislike her.

I mostly tried to keep going in the book just to see her fail (had to find something to keep my interest after all) but even that couldn't keep me going. I guess I'm not impressed by anyone who profits on the work and fame of others while at the same time believing that their writing skills are something worth publishing. This author is just another one of those writers who managed to get lucky and attract someone with no sense in what makes a book great. Powell's writing is not the kind that touches you. Instead it's the kind that makes you want to throw a book across the room because it's such trash.
reviewed Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen on
I saw the movie, loved it.Now read the book, enjoyed it very much. It has prompted me to buy "Mastering the art of French cooking", to cook some of the dishes the author talks about. Have not cooked anything yet, but will begin with the Potato and Leek soup.
mahbaar avatar reviewed Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen on + 111 more book reviews
Julie Powell feels like her life is at a dead end, and so she embarks on an attempt to cook every recipe from Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1" and blog about it. This book does not delve deeply into Julia Child's life, but only addresses the aspects about her that Julie found inspiring. I was surprised at how entertained by her experiences, successes and frustrations at trying to complete this goal. I give it four stars.
daedelys avatar reviewed Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen on + 1756 more book reviews
Have you ever seen a movie and then just wanted to read the book because it seemed like a good idea at the time? That's how I decided to get this book and was then horribly disappointed. I had assumed, as I'm sure many who have seen the movie had, that the parts with Julia and Paul Child were based on actual events. They're not. Instead, the author thought it would be cute to make stuff up based on what she's (again, I'm assuming) read elsewhere. In a way, I felt oddly betrayed that the parts with the Julia and Paul Child were fiction when I was actually hoping for something that the author had researched. Although, the part where the real Julia Child put down the author was probably my favorite part. ;P

I had expected, from seeing the movie, that Julie was a bit of a drama-queen, but she's even more so in the book. I prefer to read a book where I either really like the character because they are someone I can understand or love hate them because they're such great villains. Julie is so self-absorbed and whiny on a consistent basis that I can't help but dislike her.

I mostly tried to keep going in the book just to see her fail (had to find something to keep my interest after all) but even that couldn't keep me going. I guess I'm not impressed by anyone who profits on the work and fame of others while at the same time believing that their writing skills are something worth publishing. This author is just another one of those writers who managed to get lucky and attract someone with no sense in what makes a book great. Powell's writing is not the kind that touches you. Instead it's the kind that makes you want to throw a book across the room because it's such trash.


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