With the humor of Bridget Jones and the vitality of Augusten Burroughs, Julie Powell recounts how she conquered every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and saved her soul.
Julie Powell is 30 years old, living in a tiny apartment in Queens and working at a soul-sucking secretarial job that's going nowhere. She needs something to break the monotony of her life, and she invents a deranged assignment. She will take her mother's worn, dog-eared copy of Julia Child's 1961 classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and she will cook all 524 recipes -- in the span of one year.
At first she thinks it will be easy. But as she moves from the simple Potage Parmentier (potato soup) into the more complicated realm of aspics and crepes, she realizes there's more to Mastering the Art of French Cooking than meets the eye.
And somewhere along the line she realizes she has turned her outer-borough kitchen into a miracle of creation and cuisine. She has eclipsed her life's ordinariness through spectacular humor, hysteria, and perseverance.
About the Author
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, JULIE POWELL has resided in one place or another in the outer boroughs of New York City for the past eight years. Currently, she lives in Long Island City, New York, with her husband, Eric, three cats, and a snake.
The New York Times Book Review -
When she's focused on the cooking itself, Powell shows signs of being one of our better, loopier culinary thinkers, more in the iconoclast mode of M. F. K. Fisher than the rhapsodic, sun-dappled vein of Saveur magazine at its most-perfect-peach fetishizing.More Reviews and RecommendationsBiography
Julie Powell was on the verge of turning 30, trapped in a series of unfulfilling temp jobs, and living in a dreadful apartment in Queens, New York. That?s when she decided to break the monotony by attempting to make all 524 recipes in Julia Child?s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. One year later, Powell had achieved her goal, documented her experiences on one of the most popular blogs on the Internet, and began the award-winning, bestselling book Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously.More About the Author
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Customer ReviewsReader Rating: Ratings: 45Reviews: 25See All ReviewsYummy!!! (Well, not the aspics...)by Love2Bake
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August 08, 2009:
As a self-proclaimed "foodie" I must say this book was delish! Such a delightful story and loved the interwoven story between the two lives. Very happy to say that the movie, which I saw yesterday, actually did a wonderful job brining the book to life. Took a friend who had not read the book and she loved it, too. Merle Streep is nothing short of amazing and I think Julia would be proud - we hope! Still not planning to tackle any of her recipes - but LOVE the story!loved itby pkel04
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August 04, 2009:
My daughter took me to see the preview of the movie and we loved it! You overlook the swears I think because it was not lingered over and the story was fun
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