The Good, the Bad, and the Hungry Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


The Powell's Playlist | June 18, 2014

Daniel H. Wilson: IMG The Powell’s Playlist: Daniel H. Wilson



Like many writers, I'm constantly haunting coffee shops with a laptop out and my headphones on. I listen to a lot of music while I write, and songs... Continue »

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$4.95
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Local Warehouse Cooking and Food- Gastronomic Literature

Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession

by

Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession Cover

ISBN13: 9780316003360
ISBN10: 0316003360
Condition:
Dustjacket: Less Than Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $4.95!

 

Review-A-Day

"The wisecracking, brutally honest Powell is back, except now instead of cooking all the recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, she's learning how to debone turkeys and hacking up beef at a butcher shop in upstate New York. Oh, and she cheated on her husband. Wait — what?" Nicole Chvatal, The Oregonian (read the entire Oregonian review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Julie Powell thought cooking her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking was the craziest thing she'd ever do — until she embarked on the voyage recounted in her new memoir, Cleaving.

Her marriage challenged by an insane, irresistible love affair, Julie decides to leave town and immerse herself in a new obsession: butchery. She finds her way to Fleischer's, a butcher shop where she buries herself in the details of food. She learns how to break down a side of beef and French a rack of ribs — tough, physical work that only sometimes distracts her from thoughts of afternoon trysts.

The camaraderie at Fleischer's leads Julie to search out fellow butchers around the world — from South America to Europe to Africa. At the end of her odyssey, she has learned a new art and perhaps even mastered her unruly heart.

Synopsis:

The author of Julie and Julia recounts her latest adventure in a new memoir. Her marriage challenged by an insane, irresistible love affair, she decides to leave town and immerse herself in a new obsession: butchery. At the end of her odyssey, she learns a new art and perhaps even masters her unruly heart.

About the Author

After a misspent youth involving loads of dead-end jobs and several questionable decisions, Julie Powell, author of Julie and Julia — made into a major motion picture by Nora Ephron starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams — has found her calling as a writer-cum-butcher. She lives in Long Island City, Queens, when she isn't in Kingston, NY, cutting up animals.

Interview

A Meaty Tale: The Powells.com Interview with Julie Powell

Megan: You've said that Julie and Julia was about more than you learning to cook — it was about finding your vocation as a writer and finding your voice. What's the big picture result of Cleaving?

Powell: It's about my journey to find myself as a person — a person who can stand on her own two feet — something that I think is common for people who married very young.... [I]t's really about me realizing that standing on my own two feet is a good thing. Because I stepped two feet away, because I traveled to Argentina, because I cut up animals — which Eric didn't understand — that doesn't mean I'm running. That's me being an individual person. That's me taking care of what I want to be. And that's good, that's a good thing. That's not something to be afraid of. And the reason why Eric and I managed to stay together is that we had to both say some separation and some individuality should not seem terrifying. It's what you call "growing up." It just took us awhile to sort through it.

Megan: I pride myself on being an adventurous eater with a pretty strong stomach, but I had a lot of trouble with the scene from the book where you're in Africa, drinking blood.

Powell: The blood didn't bother me, but the thing where they stir the stick and it coagulates — that was bad. [Laughter] That's when I had my "no way" moment.

(read more of Megan's interview with Julie Powell)

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 5 comments:

silverswrl, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by silverswrl)
An interesting tale to weave a butcher shop with one's love life. The challenges of a new occupation mixed with the turmoil of a relationship ending. Reflective and informative.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 2 readers found this comment helpful)
Krista Smith-Moroziuk, August 21, 2010 (view all comments by Krista Smith-Moroziuk)
I liked this book more than her first one. It was a much more mature read, and better written. It was raw and truthful.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(6 of 11 readers found this comment helpful)
ehrrinkeenan, February 5, 2010 (view all comments by ehrrinkeenan)
I read Julie Powell's book Julie & Julia (and also saw the movie), and liked it a lot (and liked it a lot, maybe loved it).

So I was excited to read her latest book. But, then I read a horrid review on Salon.com describing Cleaving as just the worst kind of self-indulgent drivel and the cruelest (to her loving husband) account of her affair. And, it was those things. But also, it was a fascinating tale of her learning to be a butcher (even as a vegetarian a bit squeamish about meat, I was enthralled). And also a fascinating--and uncomfortable--recounting of her obsession with her lover, and her desperate, often drunken, search of her own motivations. She literally travels the world trying to find herself, under the guise of exploring the world of meat. And, in the end she does find a bit of understanding, but everything also remains up in the air--as life tends to.

I think I also liked this book because she reminds me so much of a dear friend I will not name--even while, no *because* I was frustrated with her choices, and wanted to scream a pleading "NO!" many times.

The whole thing is just very honest and raw, funny and nerdy, sad and relatable. I liked it a lot.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(8 of 12 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 5 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316003360
Author:
Powell, Julie
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Subject:
Meat cutting.
Subject:
Butchers
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Cooks -- New York (State) -- New York.
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20091231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
307
Dimensions:
9.50x6.25x1.25 in. 1.14 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. The Pleasures of Cooking for One
    Used Hardcover $17.95
  2. My Life in France
    Used Trade Paper $4.95
  3. Seeking Spirits: The Lost Cases of...
    Used Trade Paper $3.95
  4. Oryx and Crake
    Used Mass Market $3.95
  5. Fearless Critic Portland Restaurant... Used Trade Paper $7.95
  6. Too Much Happiness
    Used Hardcover $7.95

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Cooking and Food » Food Writing » Gastronomic Literature
Cooking and Food » Food Writing » General

Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$4.95 In Stock
Product details 307 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316003360 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "The wisecracking, brutally honest Powell is back, except now instead of cooking all the recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, she's learning how to debone turkeys and hacking up beef at a butcher shop in upstate New York. Oh, and she cheated on her husband. Wait — what?" (read the entire Oregonian review)
"Synopsis" by , The author of Julie and Julia recounts her latest adventure in a new memoir. Her marriage challenged by an insane, irresistible love affair, she decides to leave town and immerse herself in a new obsession: butchery. At the end of her odyssey, she learns a new art and perhaps even masters her unruly heart.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.