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Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
by Julie Powell

Published: 2005-09-28
Hardcover : 320 pages
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With the humor of Bridget Jones and the vitality of Augusten Burroughs, Julie Powell recounts how she conquered every recipe in Julia Childs Mastering the Art of French Cooking and saved her soul. Julie Powell is 30-years-old, living in a rundown apartment in Queens and working at a soul-sucking ...
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(With the humor of Bridget Jones and the vitality of Augusten Burroughs, Julie Powell recounts how she conquered every recipe in Julia Childs Mastering the Art of French Cooking and saved her soul. Julie Powell is 30-years-old, living in a rundown apartment in Queens and working at a soul-sucking secretarial job thats going nowhere. She needs something to break the monotony of her life, and she invents a deranged assignment. She will take her mothers dog-eared copy of Julia Childs 1961 classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and she will cook all 524 recipes. In the span of one year. At first she thinks it will be easy. But as she moves from the simple Potage Parmentier (potato soup) into the more complicated realm of aspics and crpes, she realizes theres more to Mastering the Art of French Cooking than meets the eye. With Julias stern warble always in her ear, Julie haunts the local butcher, buying kidneys and sweetbreads. She sends her husband on late-night runs for yet more butter and rarely serves dinner before midnight. She discovers how to mold the perfect Orange Bavarian, the trick to extracting marrow from bone, and the intense pleasure of eating liver. And somewhere along the line she realizes she has turned her kitchen into a miracle of creation and cuisine. She has eclipsed her lifes ordinariness through spectacular humor, hysteria, and perseverance.

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French!
by kfoulks (see profile) 06/03/09
Obviously, go French. There is a place near my house where you can take a cooking class with a group of girlfriends, and then eat the food and drink wine etc. It's pricey, but that would be a fun setup to discuss this book.

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by stefanieapplegate1 (see profile) 05/23/20

 
  "A bloggers look at a goal"by kfoulks (see profile) 06/03/09

I read this because i love to cook and i love to read. I laughed out loud at Julie's antics in the kitchen. I'm not really sure what the excerpts from Paul Child's letters really added to ... (read more)

 
  "Fabulous!!! Give this one a chance!"by monzy11 (see profile) 02/05/08

This was my favorite of all of our book club selections. You fall in love with Julie and find yourself laughing through most of this book. Warning: it will make you hungry, so read on a full stomach!... (read more)

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