Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
Julie and Julia My Year of Cooking Dangerously Author:Julie Powell Nearing 30 and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, Julie Powell resolved 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 ... more »gusto.« less
I was highly disappointed in this book, if you're looking for a good mix of Julie and Julia, you won't find it here. In fact this book should be called All about Julie with just a tiny bit of Julia thrown in for fun. And the ending about what Julia thought of Julie, just didn't even seem right, and no real explanation was given for Julia's thoughts either, which I found odd. I think the movie looks better compared to the book as I really did not see where all the scenes with Julia were that I had seen in the previews. I was highly disappointed in the lack of Julia in this book. And Julie has a mouth on her that would put most people to shame. The start of the book seemed rather interesting and then it dropped from there. I actually had to stop reading the book for a week before I went back to it because I became disgusted with it. Just not what I had expected at all.
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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Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed this book Julie and Julia. That said, I read it before the movie came out and waited anxiously for the movie.
As others have said, I agree that the movie is better than the book so if you are mainly interested in Julia this is not the book for you.
As I understand it, this book is was used as the basis for the julie portions of the movie and My life in France is the main source about Julia Child for her sections in the movie.
Having also read My LIfe in France - rare as it is - this movie is greater than the sum of the parts. However, I still am really glad that I have read both books.
This book was fantastic and after watching the movie, the film turned out to be quite a let-down. I learned a TON about French cooking and cuisine and it has inspired me to look more into regional recipes of my own to try. I loved the letters and journals written by Julia Child's husband and both Julie and Julia possess quite the personalities to light up any novel!