Jessica's Reviews > Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living

Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
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Apr 07, 09

bookshelves: memoir, food-and-nutrition

Julie Powell decides to cook all the recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1, by Julia Child. I enjoyed this book for what it was not as much as for what it was. Powell does not rant about how nasty it is to eat offal (she likes most of it), she doesn't bemoan the endless sticks of butter (she even takes her weight gain in stride) and she doesn't flinch when Ms. Child seems unimpressed by the project. She just plows on through the recipes, with occasional references to plumbing problems, Buffy and her secretarial job. The book is as fluffy as a well-made buttercream and as a foodie who tends away from French food, I found Powell's kitchen escapades amusing and a bit dashing.

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