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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 morePublished 4 days ago by Maia
A nice book to read before or after seeing the movie that was made from this book! A good idea!Published 21 days ago by Ann McNally
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 morePublished 27 days ago by MacJedi
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
This was really a disgusting book. After viewing the movie innumerable times (which I loved!!!) decided to read the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by peggy
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 morePublished 2 months ago by SPassera
This was a very good and creative idea that would have made a better book if the author had completely left out comments about her friends' drinking, partying and their love and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. M.
Great movie. Get it and enjoy it. But don't be surprised that you go out and buy Julia Child's book.Published 2 months ago by JoAnne A. Bailey
Good book, arrived in perfect condition, purchased for a friend that spent her first married year (back in the 70's cooking a different meal every night! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sewmama