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message 1: by Joe (new)

Joe Ha ha, hilarious review. And yes, American politics is bonkers. I'm a little surprised our system of demonizing the other side hasn't spread more by now; it's so much easier to generate campaign contributions when the other side is pure evil.


message 2: by Petra Eggs (last edited Jun 12, 2015 11:50AM) (new)

Petra Eggs Joseph wrote: "And yes, American politics is bonkers. I'm a little surprised our system of demonizing the other side hasn't spread more by now;..."

I don't know how bonkers US politics is, but some of the people in those groups really eat lunch in a different restaurant to me. In the Slimmers group I got a load of IMs by individuals who didn't think I'd been punished enough and wanted to take me to task. Nutters. I hope they remained fat and miserable forever. (I lost the weight and am generally sunny and ironic, kind of :-))

In the Democrat man-worshipping one, there was a Mormon female who didn't want to go a real-life GR meet-up because she would have to fly and go through the scanners which would reveal her sacred underwear and was making enquiries as to how much it would cost to take a cruise to the UK! (She's still have to go through scanners and show off that sexy vest and pantie combo).


message 3: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook Mummy, you deserve a quiche.


message 4: by Petra Eggs (new)

Petra Eggs Sketchbook wrote: "Mummy, you deserve a quiche."

I do, I do, but I'd rather have chocolate. Chocolate quiche?


message 5: by Kim (new)

Kim You also deserve more chocolate.


message 6: by Petra Eggs (new)

Petra Eggs Sketchbook wrote: "Mummy, you deserve a quiche."

Sketch you know I'm Petra right? I'm not your Mummy. Unless you really really want me to be, then I will be. Your virtual Mummy.


message 7: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook Petra, you deserve another quiche. (Yes, I unnerstand....lol).


message 8: by Petra Eggs (new)

Petra Eggs I had a quiche. We went out to a new place for dinner and it had Special Savoury Cheesecake. It said it was a pastry-encrusted cheesecake with broccoli, leek and gruyere. It turned out to be quiche, lol.


message 9: by Kim (new)

Kim Mummy wrote: "Sketchbook wrote: "Mummy, you deserve a quiche."

I do, I do, but I'd rather have chocolate. Chocolate quiche?"


I must have been thinking you deserved chocolate at the precise moment you were thinking about chocolate quiche.


message 10: by Laima (new)

Laima I just love your reviews, Petra. . You always have a great story behind the story.


message 11: by Petra Eggs (new)

Petra Eggs Laima wrote: "I just love your reviews, Petra. . You always have a great story behind the story."

Two! How I was thrown out of banned and trolled by two private groups for my non-political views. LOL.


message 12: by GoldGato (new)

GoldGato Welcome to the world of "love it or leave it" and the endless blah-blah-blah of the two political groups.


message 13: by Petra Eggs (new)

Petra Eggs I sometimes wonder if people are as weird IRL as they are on Goodreads? I got a message yesterday as a friend request, from someone from the slimmers' group telling they didn't want to burn books etc and I had exaggerated and were quite nasty to me. It is true I did exaggerate. But imagine not getting over themselves after all these years?


message 14: by James (new)

James Thane Another great review. I cannot for the life of me imagine people deciding to like or not like a book simply on the basis of the political preferences of the author. That's just nuts...


message 15: by Petra Eggs (new)

Petra Eggs Do Americans care about the politics of their friends and/or reading matter in general?


message 16: by James (new)

James Thane Mummy wrote: "Do Americans care about the politics of their friends and/or reading matter in general?"

Some do and some don't. I have friends who are strong advocates for each of the major political parties here, but the fact that I don't always agree with them doesn't get in the way of our friendship. If it did, I guess we wouldn't be friends. And whatever my friends (or anybody else for that matter) want to read is perfectly fine with me.


message 17: by Mona (last edited Jun 14, 2015 05:11PM) (new)

Mona Enjoyable review. Americans have become so politically polarized that Dems and Repubs barely speak to each other. It's no wonder our government is perpetually deadlocked and can't get anything done any more.


message 18: by Petra Eggs (new)

Petra Eggs We have parties here. They difference is in the quality of food at their "conventions". Most have chicken wings, meatballs and macaroni cheese. This year they banned food because the independents were complaining that only the richer politicians could afford lobster and they were getting all the votes. It wasn't true actually. People just went and ate the food, took some home for the 'shut-ins' (a snack later, really) and then voted for whoever tarmac'ed their drive. It takes real bribery to get a vote, not a plate of food.


message 19: by Mona (new)

Mona Sounds like more fun where you are...politics in the U.S. has become a nightmare..


message 20: by Petra Eggs (new)

Petra Eggs Since the US is so fragmented as a nationality. Italian-Americans, African-Americans, Native Americans etc. I wonder if the two parties have become like two tribes?

I notice that in the UK there used to be just British people and occasionally Black British, there are now Afro-Caribbean people and I wonder if the UK is going the same way?


message 21: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Chocolate quiche is just chocolate tart, surely? I have seen chocolate pizza, though.

Politics and cookery? Bizarre. I guess in the UK we're more apathetic about politics (as a generalisation).


message 22: by Petra Eggs (new)

Petra Eggs Cecily wrote: "Politics and cookery? Bizarre. I guess in the UK we're more apathetic about politics (as a generalisation)..."

I don't know if it's apathy as much as live and let live. Imagine if a kid in the US joined the Communist party in college and told his Republican family.... Imagine the same situation in the UK. In the UK his Tory-voting parents are not likely to care in any way.


message 23: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Maybe somewhere between the two.

A family I knew growing up had two parents who were very active and prominent Conservatives, and all their children ended up varying shades of red and/or green, with pacifism thrown in. I think the parents struggled a bit at first, but ultimately, they're pleased to have children who actively campaign for what they believe in.


message 24: by Cecily (new)

Cecily I'm now wondering (but cbb to do the research) whether there's much difference in the proportion of children whose adult political views differ from those of their parents: are Republicans and Conservatives more or less likely to remain so than Democrats and Labour supporters?


message 25: by Petra Eggs (new)

Petra Eggs Who knows? I don't think the Tories are analagous to Republicans though.


message 26: by Cecily (new)

Cecily True. (Thank goodness.)


message 27: by Kim (new)

Kim Our politics have always been left of centre, although we're not active in a political party. Our kids all share our political views. I'd find it odd if they'd turned conservative, although (obviously!) they'd still be mine and I'd still love them.

With absolutely no evidence to go on other than observation of people I know, I think it's more likely that children of conservative parents will be politically progressive than it is that children of politically progressive parents will be conservative.


message 28: by Petra Eggs (new)

Petra Eggs Teenage rebellion! Like I was sex n' drugs n' rock n'roll and my son is Mozart and chess and serious, lol. We did vote for different parties in the last election as well, but we don't have right or left wing parties here. And we had family on each side standing.


message 29: by Nancy (new)

Nancy How are secret groups formed if they are a secret?


message 30: by Petra Eggs (new)

Petra Eggs Nancy wrote: "How are secret groups formed if they are a secret?"

People just make groups they mark as secret and invite their friends. I'm in a really good one now, just a few women who have come to terms with the fact they are really pathetic people.


message 31: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Petra X wrote: "Nancy wrote: "How are secret groups formed if they are a secret?"

People just make groups they mark as secret and invite their friends. I'm in a really good one now, just a few women who have come..."


It sounds like these groups ruined some friendships....


message 32: by Fionnuala (new)

Fionnuala ;-)))


message 33: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Nancy wrote: "It sounds like these groups ruined some friendships...."

I didn't know there were secret groups on GR, but I'm in some on Facebook, and it's quite the reverse: they forge and save friendships.


message 34: by Petra Eggs (new)

Petra Eggs Cecily wrote: "I didn't know there were secret groups on GR, but I'm in some on Facebook, and it's quite the reverse: they forge and save friendships. ..."

I think you must have a great group of friends Cecily. I do find that most groups - public, private or secret, that have a lot of personal interaction rather than just talking about books, do end up having personality clashes. That said, I've been in the best one ever for three years, the pathetic women one. We have acknowledged our failings and can only go up from there!


message 35: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Petra X wrote: "I think you must have a great group of friends Cecily. I do find that most groups - public, private or secret, that have a lot of personal interaction rather than just talking about books, do end up having personality clashes..."

I think that's right as well. I should perhaps have said that the several secret groups have many members in common, nearly all of whom first met in grammar groups. As each one descended into nastiness, a small number moved elsewhere. Rinse and repeat. (None of the new, successful, secret groups are about grammar!) The result is something similar to the network in the horribly titled, but fascinating book that you might like, Can Any Mother Help Me?.


message 36: by Petra Eggs (new)

Petra Eggs Cecily wrote: "As each one descended into nastiness, a small number moved elsewhere. Rinse and repeat.t..."

The only truly successful secret group I've ever been in is the pathetic women one. We just talk about cocoa and about going out grocery shopping. Occasionally we talk about Greek literature but not often. We're too pathetic to even have a go at each other.


message 37: by Karen (new)

Karen This one's been in my To Read stack for too long. Felt much the same about the Blog-ness of Julie's writing, and that a book binge wouldn't satisfy. But after seeing the rather endearing film (truly Meryl captured Juilia Child from what I recall seeing of her shows in my childhood) so I do indeed want to see how she's portrayed as well as all the delectable food forays. Thanks, Petra, for moving it up in my queue.


message 38: by Petra Eggs (new)

Petra Eggs I'm going to watch the film soon.


message 39: by Mary (new)

Mary Petra, the fat ladies are jealous. Politics in the US is crap. I will not read this book, no matter what you say. Thanks for the laughs.


message 40: by Petra Eggs (new)

Petra Eggs Mary wrote: "Petra, the fat ladies are jealous. Politics in the US is crap. I will not read this book, no matter what you say. Thanks for the laughs."

I'm fat again :-( But not that fat!


message 41: by Mary (new)

Mary Sexy fat. Something to grab. I had some health problems that are resolved ima bag a bones with loose skin.


message 42: by Mary (new)

Mary Wait. How do you get fat in a Caribbean rain forest? I'm sensing unresolved body issues.


message 43: by Petra Eggs (new)

Petra Eggs Mary wrote: "Wait. How do you get fat in a Caribbean rain forest? I'm sensing unresolved body issues."

Chocolate Baileys. Last line of the review. Chocolate anything actually.


message 44: by Mary (new)

Mary I call your bluff. Stop with the fat. And quit smoking. Cigars kill. Chocolate not so much.


message 45: by Petra Eggs (new)

Petra Eggs Mary wrote: "I call your bluff. Stop with the fat. And quit smoking. Cigars kill. Chocolate not so much."

It is the smoking, spliffs give you the munchies. And that means chocolate. Cigarettes I gave up eons ago to go sailing.


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