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Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously Paperback – 22 Feb 2007

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (22 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141018178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141018171
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,483,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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`An entertaining romp portraying the joys and frustrations familiar to any
ambitious domestic cook' Sunday Times

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Format: Hardcover
I was really surprised by the previous review, as this is the best book I've read in ages. Okay, granted I'm not bothered by Julie's effing and blinding - maybe I was prepared after the blog! I was a latecomer to the Julie/Julia project but you don't need to have read her blog to enjoy this book - it's as much about Julie coming to terms with who she is and what can make her special, even in her dead end job and turning 30, as it is about Julia Child and the massive cookery/blog project. Though the cooking stories make me laugh and cringe. And I want to know what happened to all her wild friends and family! I can't wait to see what Julie does (and writes about) next. My first true classic read of 2006.
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Format: Paperback
I bought this book having watched the film 'Julie and Julia' and loved the main characters. Amy Adams as Julie Powell was so sweet and I empathised with what she was doing in the film. The real Julie Powell though, the lady who has written this book, scares me. There is no element of sweetness about her. She doesn't focus on much of the cooking and to my horror, she is bad at it. There was something about the determination of the film Julie to keep on going and work through every recipe to detail, the book Julie gives up, substitutes ingredients and makes things very very badly. I continued to read this book to the end, hoping with each page that it would get better but for me, it didn't. I ended up getting annoyed by the writer and her self indulgent prattle, how she descibes reading the Joy of Sex as a child and compares it to MtAoFC, no way - that is just weird. She swears a lot which I don't mind except that I think it's just a lack of imagination in what to say. Overall, I felt like this book shattered my illusion of these 2 women that the film portrays. As soon as I'd seen it I came on amazon to get the book as I wanted to continue the good feelings the film gave me. My advice would be, watch the film and leave it at that. Amy Adams is lovely as Julie Powell, Meryl Streep awesome as Julia Child but the real people will grate and disappoint. Such a shame as books are normally better than the film but in this case not. I can understand now how Julia Child wanted nothing to do with Julie Powell, who would?
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I enjoyed the book enormously as I have used MTAOFC since the sixties - I'm on my second copy as the first one fell apart after many years of frequent use.
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.
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By Sarah Durston VINE VOICE on 13 May 2007
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'Without the project I was nothing but a secretary on a road to nowhere, drifting towards frosted hair and menthol addiction.'

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!)

Highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
Yes this book is very personal and certainly won't have universal appeal. But I enjoyed it a lot.

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...
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By J. Charlesworth VINE VOICE on 10 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
I give this 5 stars for sheer enthusiasm. I bought this as a birthday present for myself and think it's just brilliant. As someone who tends to have bizarre kitchen accidents culminating in copious swearing, I guess maybe I found it comforting that someone else would admit to that. Julie is completely unpretentious in her writing -making this fairly unique among food books I've read- and makes some wonderful analogies about the dishes she is preparing. Julie & Julia is a wonderfully warm and witty book, with her enthusiasm for cooking and her friends making it a pleasure to read.
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.
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