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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.
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 morePublished 2 months ago by Ann saeli
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 morePublished 3 months ago by shopper1A
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 morePublished 4 months ago by Indigo
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 morePublished 4 months ago by Bun-Bun Baxter
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 5 months ago by Maia
A nice book to read before or after seeing the movie that was made from this book! A good idea!Published 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago by peggy