Julie and Julia Book Review And Giveaway

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Julie Powell writes her own autobiography from her blog of a year in her life and how she opens her eyes to life’s possibilities. Her book Julie and Julia is about the ordinary changes that come in human life with perseverance.

Julie is approaching 30, married, living in Long Island City, and working as a secretary day to day. Julie is also insecure, anxious, and discontent. So she decides to reinvent her life with Project 524, cooking every recipe Juli Child’s The Art of French Cooking, Volume One in a year. For the next 365 days, Julie cooks chaotically and obsessively for fulfillment and hope. She reinvents herself and learns that joy is what it takes to find one’s way.

I find it interesting that Julie never met Julia Childs. I find the coincidental parallels in their lives even more interesting–dedicated husbands, culinary interests, and dedication to writing. Too bad their lives didn’t touch if only briefly! Perhaps Julie’s memoriam written on Child’s death at the age of 92 says it all: “I have no claim over the woman at all, unless it’s the claim of one who has nearly drowned has over the person who pulled her out of the ocean.”

I wish the book showed more of the endearing, quirky French cuisine master Julia Childs whose skill earned her Cambridge, Massachusetts kitchen a place in the Smithsonian. By comparison her Art of French Cooking is a heavyweight to today’s back to basic, quick and easy ones.

Julie and Julia is light reading aimed for the adult female audience. Cooks and chefs will find in Power’s memoir kitchen disasters and successes worth laughing about. Readers will delight in the humor in her descriptions and not escape its irony of life.


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125 thoughts on “Julie and Julia Book Review And Giveaway

  1. At breakfast one morning I forgot a couple slices of Cinnamon Toast broiling in the oven. They caught fire and smoked up the entire house. The kids were terrified.

  2. Don’t Laugh…I was going to make deviled eggs one afternoon, and I put the eggs on to boil. I sat down at my computer and forgot the eggs. Quite a while later, I smelled something burning. When I arrived in the kitchen, the eggs were exploding and shooting the hard yolks across my kitchen. It would have been fine, but my CHEF hubby walked in and saw my mess. I’ll never live that down!
    thanks for the chance to win!

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