Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie PowellWith 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 that’s 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 crepes, she realizes there’s more to Mastering the Art of French Cooking than meets the eye. With Julia’s 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 life’s ordinariness through spectacular humor, hysteria, and perseverance.
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It's a tale of the self-proclaimed "renegade foodie" Julie Powell, whose blog-turned-novel follows her misadventures cooking Julia Child 's recipes in "Mastering the Art of French Cooking. In the past month or so, I've been receiving countless e-mails about it, encouraging me to see Nora Ephron's film, starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep:. It's about a N. It's about writing and food and relationships and Julia Child. I think you'd love it. As a food blogger, I've been aware of Powell's success in the past few years and have been enjoying the foodie frenzy from the sidelines, but I hadn't quite made up my mind.
Remember blogging? But unfortunately, if you want to watch a really good Julia Child biopic, you also have to watch a movie about blogging. The former is the world-renowned chef and cookbook author who changed the way America cooked forever, basically invented modern cooking shows, and experimented with shark repellent. Needless to say, the former has a much more interesting and important story, but the powers that be thought that combining these stories would be cute. But the Julia parts are just so good. Not cooking classes for housewives—big, manly, military-inspired culinary school. The way he supports her as she tries to convince publishers that yes, there is a market for her book, and that it doesn't need to be dumbed down.