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.
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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.
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qtwhitby, December 26, 2009 (view all comments by qtwhitby)
I haven't read the book yet, I just finished watching the movie Julia/Julie. I loved the movie, our oldest daughter bought it for me for Christmas knowing how much I love to cook. So after watching the movie I decided I needed to do some research of my own to find the books and cookbook that inspired the act and the movie.
Now I want to get this book and read it.
Thank you for taking the time to be creative.
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Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession
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by Nicole Chvatal, The Oregonian,
"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)
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.
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