Yes! Silly me, I thought this book was about a cooking project not a grammar lesson in how to use expletives (noun, verb, adverb - all are good - no need to limit yourself!) or how to whine about something for 365 days. Was she really 29 when she wrote this? It seems like a public demonstration of how someone can stall developmentally at 21. Great concept - lousy book. Please, no more.
If you're all so angst-ridden over this book, why dignify it by commenting here? Don't attack me, but I liked it. Maybe because I'm a housewife who's delved into culinary adventures, tracking down obscure ingredients at the Chinese supermarket and Indian spice shop. Or maybe it's because I have a sense of humour and enjoy a good read. It's not a cookbook. Get over it.
1 - Why comment here? To warn others who don't drop f-bombs casually in conversation of the language assault they will face. To warn others expecting details of a cooking project that they will instead be dragged thru her complaints about moving apartments and about her job. 2 - I would have enjoyed smart and witty descriptions about tracking down obscure ingredients. Didn't see any. I did however see lots of "my life is f-ing miserable. I'm getting another drink." 3 - I have a sense of humor and enjoy a good read also - this wasn't funny or smartly written. I bet you, J. Phillips - with your own culinary adventures and sense of humor, could do a better job than Julie did. At least you can write six sentences without a single expletive. 4 - Never thought it was a cookbook. Thought it was supposed to be an interesting cooking project. It wasn't. There are a lot of people who get published that shouldn't. We as readers deserve better especially with such a clever concept.
I'm also a housewife, about Julie's age, who loves experimenting with vintage cookbooks (and who has a husband who humors me!) hehehe - I thought it was a cute, fun book. It is what it is. And it's neat when someone can turn a hobby into a book. She is a good writer, and it's nice she can see the humor in her boring life and do something positive with it.
We are just trying to warn people that it is a filthy book. If you don't like F-bombs, it is nice to know ahead of time that it is! I had heard that Julia Child didn't like her blog, but I thought it was because she was old-fashioned and from another era. I WISH I had come here before I bought it though. I would have learned that it isn't my type of book.
It is fine that you did like it too, but it is great to hear these reviews too. Some people don't care for this type of humor. Julia Child's comment: Jones says Child did not approve of Powell's cook-every-recipe-in-one-year project. The editor and author read Powell's blog together (Julie and Julia was published a year after Child's 2004 death). "Julia said, `I don't think she's a serious cook.' " Jones thinks there was a generational difference between Powell and Child. "Flinging around four-letter words when cooking isn't attractive, to me or Julia. She didn't want to endorse it. What came through on the blog was somebody who was doing it almost for the sake of a stunt. She would never really describe the end results, how delicious it was, and what she learned. Julia didn't like what she called `the flimsies.' She didn't suffer fools, if you know what I mean."
Amen. I totally agree with you here. I am SO SORRY I didn't read these reviews before I wasted my time and money. Good thing I got a refund. Now, I am just out the time I spent getting to page 95 before I had to get it out of my house.
Totally agree with you! Yes, Julie may be self-absorbed, but all writers are to a certain degree. If they weren't, they would not be able to write anything. And the language does not bother me one bit. It's 2012 - people talk about sex and drop the F-bomb in movies and pay-TV every day. In real life, people curse their jobs (if they are lucky enough to have one) or curse even more if they're unemployed. So what's the big deal about the profanity in this book?