Published in: 2005
Edition read: Paperback
Nearing 30 and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, Julie Powell reclaims her life by cooking every single recipe in Julia Child’s legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking in the span of one year. It’s a hysterical, inconceivable redemptive journey – life rediscovered through aspics, calves’ brains and crème brûlée.
I remember going to see this movie at the cinemas with friends, when it first came out, not knowing who Julia Child was. I walked out loving the movie, the actors and the characters, and intrigued by this Julia Child. When I heard this movie was based on a book, I knew I had to read it.
So when I came across the book in one of my favourite second-hand-bookstores, going out for a steal at $2, I knew I had to have it, and I had to read it, immediately.
The book is good, I do wish I had read that first before the movie, but no matter. I liked the little bits about what Julia’s life may have been like, and I am really intrigued by the cookbook that inspired all this- I’ve seen it in bookstores, but never actually looked in the book itself. I think my next stop after finishing this book is to borrow a copy of the cookbook from the library, and then hunting down a Julia Child biography, so I can really appreciate this book.
Julie and Julia rating: 7/10. It was an interesting book that spawned a good movie.
Would I re-read it? Yeah I will read it again, after having read a Julia Child biography or two, and having checked out the cookbook. I want to see if this knowledge would enhance this book a little more.
Who would I recommend it to? If you have seen the movie, then I recommend reading the book. If not, then this is for fans of french cooking, women having quarter-life-crises, anyone who is stuck in a rut and not sure what to do to get out of it. It’s one of those kinds of books that makes you go “you know what? I can do something like that, it doesn’t seem that hard” and it’s that kind of thinking that gets you into your next best project.
The blog that spawned the book that spawned the movie: https://web.archive.org/web/20021205150924/http://blogs.salon.com/0001399/ (it’s an interesting read, I can easily lose a few hours just reading through the entries)