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Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen [Kindle Edition]

Julie Powell
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (675 customer reviews)

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The bestselling memoir that's "irresistible....A kind of Bridget Jones meets The French Chef" (Philadelphia Inquirer) is now a major motion picture. Audiobook read by the author and value-priced!


Directed by Nora Ephron, starring Amy Adams as Julie and Meryl Streep as Julia, the film Julie & Julia will be released by Sony Pictures on April 19, 2009.

The film is based on this bestselling memoir in which 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.


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Julie & Julia is the story of Julie Powell's attempt to revitalize her marriage, restore her ambition, and save her soul by cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I, in a period of 365 days. The result is a masterful medley of Bridget Jones' Diary meets Like Water for Chocolate, mixed with a healthy dose of original wit, warmth, and inspiration that sets this memoir apart from most tales of personal redemption.

When we first meet Julie, she's a frustrated temp-to-perm secretary who slaves away at a thankless job, only to return to an equally demoralizing apartment in the outer boroughs of Manhattan each evening. At the urging of Eric, her devoted and slightly geeky husband, she decides to start a blog that will chronicle what she dubs the "Julie/Julia Project." What follows is a year of butter-drenched meals that will both necessitate the wearing of an unbearably uncomfortable girdle on the hottest night of the year, as well as the realization that life is what you make of it and joy is not as impossible a quest as it may seem, even when it's -10 degrees out and your pipes are frozen.

Powell is a natural when it comes to connecting with her readers, which is probably why her blog generated so much buzz, both from readers and media alike. And while her self-deprecating sense of humor can sometimes dissolve into whininess, she never really loses her edge, or her sense of purpose. Even on day 365, she's working her way through Mayonnaise Collee and ending the evening "back exactly where we started--just Eric and me, three cats and Buffy...sitting on a couch in the outer boroughs, eating, with Julia chortling alongside us...."

Inspired and encouraging, Julie and Julia is a unique opportunity to join one woman's attempt to change her life, and have a laugh, or ten, along the way. --Gisele Toueg

From Publishers Weekly

Powell became an Internet celebrity with her 2004 blog chronicling her yearlong odyssey of cooking every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. A frustrated secretary in New York City, Powell embarked on "the Julie/Julia project" to find a sense of direction, and both the cooking and the writing quickly became all-consuming. Some passages in the book are taken verbatim from the blog, but Powell expands on her experience and gives generous background about her personal life: her doting husband, wacky friends, evil co-workers. She also includes some comments from her "bleaders" (blog readers), who formed an enthusiastic support base. Powell never met Julia Child (who died last year), but the venerable chef's spirit is present throughout, and Powell imaginatively reconstructs episodes from Child's life in the 1940s. Her writing is feisty and unrestrained, especially as she details killing lobsters, tackling marrowbones and cooking late into the night. Occasionally the diarist instinct overwhelms the generally tight structure and Powell goes on unrelated tangents, but her voice is endearing enough that readers will quickly forgive such lapses. Both home cooks and devotees of Bridget Jones–style dishing will be caught up in Powell's funny, sharp-tongued but generous writing.
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  • File Size: 834 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141043989
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (September 1, 2005)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCKHA6
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378 of 418 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Charming movie, ugly book. August 14, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Don't buy the book based on your opinion of the movie. I took my niece to see the movie and we loved it - Meryl Streep was, naturally, beyond amazing, while Amy Adams was charming. Nora Ephron was wise to do what she did with this story, because the real Julie Powell is quite insufferable, hardly an ideal role model for waking up one's life.

As far as the foul language goes...a well-placed swear word can add realism and punch to a story, but overuse of profanity by an author is, in this writer's opinion, not only offensive and jarring, but worse, downright lazy. If you have to rely so heavily on swear words, then you're only proving that you are unable to express yourself in print with any degree of finesse.

A lot of reviewers who gave this book a bad rating used the word "whiny." It is not misplaced, I assure you. I love humorous life stories in which a protagonist tries to make sense of things by embarking on journey of self-discovery through a special project, but, rather than being full of fun foibles, poignant moments, and growing insight, this author shows a character who is narcissistic, snobbish and insufferable. I'm not a republican or a Bush fan, either, but I absolutely LOATHE people who exhibit such blatant disrespect for other people's views, opinions, and beliefs (reminds me of Helen Goode on "The Goode Family," who whines to her husband, that it IS good to respect others, just "not them!"). Apparently, if you disagree with Julie Powell, you're just stupid.

I didn't come out of this too badly myself: I enjoyed the movie, am relieved I didn't spend money on the book, and interested in learning more about Julia Child, who sounds like an amazing person as well as an exceptional cook. As far as this trite goes, however...
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203 of 227 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Narcissistic and boring April 1, 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The jacket gushes, "Julie Powell writes about cooking the way it always needed to be written about."

No, she doesn't. She writes about her friends' dysfunctional sex lives, about her own barely-controlled anger management issues, and about how much city life sucks for the less-than rich. But she writes very little about cooking.

She also has a rather limited vocabulary, substituting liberal amounts of profanity. This gets old quickly, too.

I threw this away unfinished; I didn't want to be responsible for anyone else wasting time on this book by giving it away. Fortunately it was cheap.
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184 of 212 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed Julie & Julia. March 31, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A friend of mine lent me Julie & Julia at a point when I needed something to cheer me up. I have to admit that few things make me more suspicious than a book that derived from a blog. I also have a pretty low tolerance for chick lit in general, and this smelled like chick lit to me.

But anyhow. Despite going into the book with poor expectations, I was pleasantly surprised. I found it well-written and it felt honest. It had several laugh-out-loud moments. Best of all, I found myself genuinely liking the narrator/author. It was good fun. And that was exactly what I wanted it to be.

Although you can get some foodie kicks from Julie & Julia, it is not really about food. Do not read the book if you are looking for technical details, deep reflection about Julia Childs and French cooking, or kitchen tips and tricks. It is not that kind of book. Think light read with cooking as a kind of character quest.

One quarrel-- in her author's note Powell declares that "sometimes she just makes stuff up". That made me less comfortable with the book, honestly. As a memoir it has a lot of charm. As a novel, it has much less interest. I am not sure why that should be the case, but it took a little bit of the shine off for me to see that note at the beginning.

Anyhow. If, like me, you are looking for some cheering up then this could be a book for you. Bonus points if you find yourself an urbanite with a foodie-wannabee cooking habit, because then the funny parts are going to be even funnier. I had to wince when remembering some of my own attempts at homemade mayonnaise. Recommended.
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248 of 289 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Powell's Souffle Falls Flat June 23, 2009
Format:Paperback
Many a blog turned book falls into the "nothing new" trap; what we get on paper is just a reproduction of what we got on the screen. In her attempt to escape this pitfall, Julie Powell goes to the opposite extreme and tries to do way too much. The premise lured me in: approaching 30 and flitting from one temp job to the next, Powell attempts to do the improbable, tackle all of the 524 recipes found in the first volume of Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in one calendar year. What could have been an interesting story of using a culinary challenge to provide structure and direction to an otherwise chaotic New York lifestyle turns into a book with an identity crisis. Part memoir about family and friends and life in New York, part story of getting closer to Julia Child through her iconic cookbook, part recounting the blogging experience near the time of its inception, part fictional re-imagining of the relationship between Paul and Julia Child - the book felt like a shouting match between styles and genres each fighting fiercely for attention.

Was the book diverting? Yes, and sometimes it was hilarious. However, there are a number of books out there that successfully do what Powell is attempting here. If you have your heart set on reading this book, go for it. However, I would also like to offer the following recommendations depending on what drove you to look at this book up in the first place:

If you are interested in Julia Child and how she (and others) have influenced American cuisine, I suggest The United States of Arugula: The Sun Dried, Cold Pressed, Dark Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this story
I loved this story! I thought the book would be very boring but when I saw it on CD at my library I signed it out. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Ann saeli
2.0 out of 5 stars Julie and Julia
This was a well written book. I enjoyed the author's recounting her year of cooking. What I came to discover is I disliked the author very much. Read more
Published 1 month ago by shopper1A
1.0 out of 5 stars A Chore to Read
I truly wanted to love this book, but I hated it. After wading through the many F bombs and random disgusting stuff, by the time Julie Powell whined for the fourth or fifth time... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Indigo
4.0 out of 5 stars Controversial
People either like Julie Powell or loathe her, it seems. Although in the blog on which the book and film were based, she shows herself to be prone to overreacting and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bun-Bun Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this
Witty, engaging, and charming (in a bit of an off-kilter way). Nice to read something about coping with life that has a little sauce and personality. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Maia
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
A nice book to read before or after seeing the movie that was made from this book! A good idea!
Published 4 months ago by Ann McNally
4.0 out of 5 stars From misery to joy - what the book is about
Yes, I saw the movie first, which is the way I prefer to do things. Books are so rich, and movies so flat; it's so seldom that the movie enriches the book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MacJedi
1.0 out of 5 stars Like at least one other reader, I went looking for reviews after I put...
I wanted to make sure I wasn't crazy in disliking the book so much.
Where to begin?
First--Bad writing in general. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kazari
1.0 out of 5 stars ....don't bother with the book.........get the movie
This was really a disgusting book. After viewing the movie innumerable times (which I loved!!!) decided to read the book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by peggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, very real
I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't at all what I expected. I thought it would be a cutesy book comparing Julia Child to the author as they cooked the same food. Read more
Published 6 months ago by SPassera
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Julie Powell thrust herself from obscurity (and an uninspiring temp job) to cyber-celebrityhood when, in 2002, she embarked on an ambitious yearlong cooking (and blogging) expedition through all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She detailed the experience in her critically acclaimed 2005 New York Times bestselling memoir, Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in August 2009. Julie has made appearances on national television shows from ABC's "Good Morning America" and CBS's "The Early Show" to "The Martha Stewart Show" and Food Network's "Iron Chef America," and her writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers including Bon Appétit, Food and Wine, Harper's Bazaar, New York Times, Washington Post, and more. She is a two-time James Beard Award winner, has been awarded an honorary degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and was the first ever winner of the Overall Lulu Blooker Prize for Books.

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Follow-up book?
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.
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Kindle edition rip off
I wish I had looked at the prices before I bought. With the trade paperback being less than the Kindle e-copy, there is a problem.
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I would love recommendations of similar 'foodie', 'cooking', feel good movies. It is my oldest child's 20th birthday next week and I will be taking her to watch Julie and Julia, I was at a total loss as to how to make her birthday special and when I saw that this movie is showing I was over the... Read More
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