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Review: Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously - Antarctic Blue
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Review: Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
Powell, Julie. Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously. 2005.

I finally finished a book! GO ME. For the record, it's not Julie and Julia's fault that this took so long. It's my thesis, my engagement, my job, my other hobbies, and essentially my life's fault. (I actually also read the fourth Harry Potter book and attempted the fifth, as well as all sorts of thesisy things, in this time - obviously, I didn't review any of it. Maybe I'll write about Harry Potter later, at least.)

On to the book. I picked up Julie and Julia at a bookstore in D.C. on an impulse buy; the title looked interesting, I opened it up, and I started chortling madly at one of the passages. zegon was actually somewhat annoyed at the time, because given my reaction, he wanted to buy it for me. Probably for my birthday or something. Oh well, I'm sure I got something else... I just can't remember what.

I have not seen the movie. Hell, at the time, I didn't even know a movie was coming out for the book. So I can't comment on that. The book, however, is everything I think a memoir should be: funny, insightful, and honest. It follows Julie Powell, a temp secretary, and her year of cooking dangerously - that is, trying to cook every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1, which is made more interesting by the fact that Powell is 1. in a dead end temp job, and 2. nowhere near the level of a professional chef.

The writing is casual and clear, something like reading a blog (which makes sense, since Powell was blogging about her experiences) but with more polish. The anecdotes are amusing and well placed, and the cooking... well, the cooking is cooking, with all of the ups and downs that come with cooking. But I never found myself bogged down by it; Powell spends about the perfect amount of time explaining the recipes and process for my tastes.

Anyway. Rambling review short, Julie and Julia is a good, fun memoir, definitely worth looking into if one's interested in that whole exploring-the-human-condition-through-cooking thing. I obviously am.

Next: Sheepfarmer's Daughter, by Elizabeth Moon. I miss me some fantasy novels.

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aperfectsong From: aperfectsong Date: July 25th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
One, hello there! Are you back to LJ?

Second, I watched the movie Julie & Julia twice and really enjoyed it. I bet the book was amazing. It seemed like they were reading her blog entries aloud at times and I enjoyed her writing style. I may check this out if I can find it at the library. The cool thing about the movie is that it also tells the story of Julia Child. I'm not sure if the book does. But it was funny and really good.
ardweden From: ardweden Date: July 25th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm around! Terrible at updating lj, though. The sad thing is that the busier my life gets and the more I should be reporting, the less I do because I'm SO BUSY. Suffice to say that I'm alive and excessively busy, and I'll probably put up a general life post at some point in the near future.

The book does follow Julia Child's life, to a small extent. Powell wrote a few scenes - usually at the beginning of chapters - starring Julia (she admits that they're half made up, gleaned from Julia's letters, how she behaves on TV, and so on), and she talks a bit about her life periodically. But yeah, it's mostly about Julie, not Julia; you'd kind of expect that, though, being a memoir and not a biography.

The movie sounds fun. :) Maybe I'll get around to it... I'm just terrible at actually watching movies. And you should probably pick up the book! I think you'd like it.
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