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Jennifer’s review of Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
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Oct 11, 2009 01:27PM
I agree, I thought it was just me. I am listening to it on CD, but it goes on and on. I love the cooking parts, but the rest -- bleh. Have not seen the movie yet.
Nov 21, 2009 03:22AM
I enjoyed your review, but I am surprised by the frustration that you seem to harbor against Julie for her honesty in this book. I gave it 3 stars because it was easy to read and enjoyable - not because I think it's 2 steps shy of a literary masterpiece.
I agree with you about the state of health in America and that people should take responsibility for themselves instead of relying on prescription drugs, but that is so unrelated to the fact that this woman was trying to learn new things and write a book about her experience. She doesn't mention getting sick, or relying on drugs to cope with the butter-weight, and we don't even know how much she weighed to begin with! I think your judgment and anger here is misplaced.
I, too, have a "lowly secretary job" that is full-time, and I cook new recipes with new foods every week (which began a couple of years ago when I joined a CSA). It's not hard to believe that she found the time for this - especially when you consider that she said they often didn't eat dinner until 10 or 11. I've been there - it's not earth-shattering.
Enjoyed reading your review, but not your misplaced frustrations.
Aug 08, 2010 07:06AM
I used a quote from your review on my blog
I hope this is okay. If not, please let me know!
Oct 27, 2011 08:51AM
One of the most narcissitstic voices I've come across in memoir! Your review is spot on.
Nov 16, 2011 02:35PM
The blog site I think is shutdown. :-( I remember I was going to try and read the blog everyday but forgot and now its too late. If your review and almost everybody elses review is right, then I won't be able to read about the year she cooked 524 recipes but instead about her job and old stories of hers.
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