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Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
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Jul 28, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: book-to-film, nonfiction, read-in-2009
Recommended to Kat by: Erika
Read in August, 2009

I thought I would like this book because I enjoy reading about food and cooking. But Julie & Julia seemed more line a "whine" fest than a culinary delight. I don't take kindly to books in which the protagonist complains constantly about the sad state of his/her life. But it's nice that Julie decides to take on the tremendous task of cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child's cook book to bring some sort of excitement and purpose to her life. How many of us are still searching for something to do with ourselves — something that makes a difference to others?

While I don't particularly like the use of profane language, it makes sense here. Julie is writing from the heart, and her heart is filled with cuss words. But you can really sense her frustration when she hits a speedbump in her project. I get annoyed when I'm trying to cook or bake, and things don't turn out as well as I'd hoped.

It took me two weeks to read Julie & Julia, which is way too long. It has its funny moments, and I'm happy that Julie gained fame from her project. But this book could've been so much better.


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Emma "Julie is writing from the heart, and her heart is filled with cuss words" - hilarious, Kat!

I didn't mind the swearing so much but I agree with you, it is a bit whiney at some points...

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