Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously Paperback – 22 Feb 2007
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Sassy, quirky and disarmingly honest (Marie Claire)
Restores your faith in eating for pleasure (Vogue)
I savoured each dish with the same delight as the author (Sarah Vine The Times)
A gem of a book...both hilarious and touching (Glamour)
What lies at the heart is the power of food to transform the everyday act of eating into a complex and potentially life-changing experience (Guardian)
An entertaining romp portraying the joys and frustrations familiar to any ambitious domestic cook (Sunday Times)
Heartwarming...highly entertaining (Daily Mail)
Reads like a rip-roaringly good novel...a deliciously funny romp(BBC Good Food Magazine) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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`Sassy, quirky and disarmingly honest' Marie Claire
`Restore[s] your faith in eating for pleasure' Vogue
`A gem of a book ... both hilarious and touching' Glamour
`What lies at the heart is the power of food to transform the everyday act
of eating into a complex and potentially life-changing experience' Guardian
`An entertaining romp portraying the joys and frustrations familiar to any
ambitious domestic cook' Sunday Times
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Top Customer Reviews
The idea of working through the whole book, cooking every single recipe, is quite remarkable & Julie Powell writes in a very easy style.
I have not made all of the recipes & of recent years have stuck to the tried & tested so this book has somewhat inspired me to return to the index & delve deeper.
I am not an afficionado of bad language but it didn't ruin my enjoyment of the book - I just feel it is unnecessary.
A good read for any cooks - particularly those who have dabbled in MtAoFC.
Julie Powell is in a mundane and dead-end job with a government agency when she decides to inject a bit of a challenge into her life. Her aim is to cook the 524 recipes from Julia Child's 'Mastering the Art of French Cookery' within twelve months. The book includes such wonders as: eggs poached in red wine, various food stuffs suspended in aspic, 'B*tch rice', many lobster recipes and something unspeakable made with marrowbone.
I loved this book. Powell's sense of humour and determination make it a wonderful read. You'll cheer her triumphs and commiserate over her failures (and there are many!)
For me, sometimes what you do in your kitchen provides the most fulfilment (when your job is crap and life-direction is in short supply). Julie Powell is really good on this stuff, and on what food can mean to your life - when a potato is not just a potato, when eating a good steak dinner is what your soul needs on the anniversary of Sept 11. If you share this approach - food is lot lot more than just calories - you might get a kick out of this book.
Mind you, I did get a bit fed up with "and then the food processor went wrong and I burst into tears" tantrums. And I wished there were some recipes too - I really want to try some of these now, better add the inspiration to my amazon wish list I guess. Hence, 4 not 5 stars.
I'm re-reading it again at the moment, and getting even more out of it 2nd time around...
I'm surprised by the person who said it's not well-written. Sure, Julie is frank and frankly, at times, obscene. But she is, undeniably, a good writer. Her exuberance really shone through in this and I must say I found it really inspiring. It is clear at times that Julie is a relative newcomer to writing, but the thing that impressed me the most was how this slightly crazy cooking project inspired her to find and develop her unique voice. I hope she writes many more books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this as a gift for a female friend, who couldn't put it down, and urged me to read it too. I got a bit into it, but realised it probably appeals more to women than men. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anthony Lauder
Wow so different to the film. The cranky cooking Julie is so brilliant sarcastic and real. Loved it really worth a read.Published 8 months ago by GF Pye
I think that I was expecting, and hoping, that the 'Julie' in the book would be as sweet as the way Amy Adams played 'Julie' in the film.
Julie in the book is way tougher! Read more
I enjoyed the film, loved the book! Julie Powell is a very entertaining writer. This book often had me chuckling to myself. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Vixen