- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Reprint edition (July 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780316042512
- ISBN-13: 978-0316042512
- ASIN: 031604251X
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 746 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2009
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About the Author
After spending a long, long time working as a temp, Julie Powell now writes in her pajamas at her home in Queens, New York, and occasionally serves as a butcher's apprentice.
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I enjoyed the movie and was hoping for more insights into the cooking so I grabbed this when it was featured on one of my discount lists instead of downloading a sample. I should have read the reviews first. If you enjoyed the movie DON'T buy this.
It's NOT about the cooking or the food. It's about her trials and tribulations and they are many indeed. She's a Democrat and that's fine, so am I, but I don't need to know the presumed political affiliation of everyone she dislikes. Nor is she the first to be employed in a not so fulfilling position.
I can see why Julia Child is said to have been less than impressed with the book. It was as if cooking was a goal, not a pleasure, just git 'er done.. There is none of the overwhelming enthusiasm that she had for cooking. If you are interested in her as a person get Julia Child Rules: Lessons On Savoring Life instead
Frankly, it's rather boring to read about cooking, dirty kitchens, failed recipes, etc., over and over. There's enough of that at my house. Visually, those things only entertained me in the movie. The excerpts from Julia's life were much more interesting in the movie; in the book, they were very, very short, although I realize that the movie had more to work with since Nora Ephron adapted parts of Julia's book, My Life in France, into the movie.
Often, a chapter would begin with Julie in a new situation; however, she would veer off topic for a number of pages, and by the time she returned to the subject, it was hard to remember the start.
I don't believe I laughed a single time during my reading. Julie's constant complaining and whining became old very fast, and I didn't see that 365 days of cooking made much difference. One more thing, if you're offended by the F--- bomb, be prepared for plenty of explosions.