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4.0 out of 5 stars not to everyone's taste, 19 May 2010
This review is from: Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously (Paperback)
Just like the recipes in the cookery book that is the basis for this book (and the film)this will not please everyone. A vegan friend was deeply disturbed by the various descriptions of animal carnage that litter the pages; experienced cooks and Julia Child fans alike are seemingly horrified at Julie Powell's apparent ineptitude and callous disregard for the instructions and ingredients demanded in the recipes. Personally I found the whole thing laugh out loud funny- the lobster murders in particular brought a tear to the eye (with giggles not grief)Yes Julie Powell comes across as self-absorbed, selfish, obsessive, and she swears- who doesn't these days, and at times she isn't particularly likeable but hold on a minute, doesn't that make her all the more human.I certainly haven't met any saints lately. She is clearly an intelligent woman and it's no easy thing to write yourself, warts and all. She writes with humour often at her own expense, recognising her own preoccupation with herself. It was because of this as much as in spite of it that I found the book to be very enjoyable.
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Initial post: 2 Dec 2010 15:28:31 GMT
I've read all the comments posted about this book. Like most of you, I thoroughly enjoyed the film, as did my daughter. I had intended buying her the first two volumes of MTAOFC in hardcover, along with this one. However, having read the reviews, I think I'll borrow it from the local library instead. It's not a case of wanting to only remember the images conjured up by the film but more a case of wanting to not waste my money. Buying this book will, I believe, be a total waste of money for us. Thanks to everyone for your comments - they genuinely helped me make up my mind.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Dec 2013 13:51:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Dec 2013 13:51:55 GMT
Betty, you posted in 2010, before you had read the book, that you would borrow it from a library but expected from reading other people's reviews buying it would be "a total waste of money". Have you yet read any of the book in any form and can you say what you actually thought of it, as you can't really judge a book without reading any of it?
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