janie.fry, December 20, 2013 (view all comments by janie.fry)
Oh how I adored this book, well until I found the author to be a horrid woman. While I loved the book the blog was horrid, dull, and full of dry content. The idea is wonderful of course, it's just sad that someone with an internal and external beauty brought it to life.
After reading the first book I had not read the blog. I moved on and read the second book, which prompted me to look at the stupid blog. It was then that I also viewed interviews and picture of the woman behind all of this, Julie Powell. Wow! How could such an awful person be so lucky, to write something so great and follow it up with garbage. While judgment and vanity are not the norm for me I found Julie to be over barring and nasty in the way she shat on her "relationship" But I am shocked that such a large and unattractive woman was able to land another man, sure a stranger in a doorway, but someone for years....??? Shocking!
Well its all a partnership and one with someone bringing in the thick bacon. So, in my way I have learned to move past it by ripping the movie for free, and borrowing the books. I encourage and have had success in having others who are also near vomiting at the thought of this woman 's action and unsavory appearance to do the same. All in an effort to thwart funds to this unworthy, ugly, obese, human being who dared call Julia a "Bitch"
kk_09, February 19, 2013 (view all comments by kk_09)
Thank you! I throughly enjoyed Julie's story (although sad that she never got to meet Julia Child's). I was assigned a list of films to watch and review regarding a Women, Culture and Food course at Mount Saint Vincent's Univeristy (Halifax, NS) and wisely, I chose Julie and Julia. It was a delight to see the story come alive from differenct decades, the similarities are uncanny. I am asked to write a short paper (10 pages) on the film and am thrilled I chose such an endearing story to write on! Thank you for the small opportunity to get inside of your kitchen and Julia Child's. It has been a pleasure!
rosewood9090, October 4, 2012 (view all comments by rosewood9090)
I enjoyed Julies story , finding it very endearing. I was inspired to make one of Julia childs recipes , which was exciteing to make as well as eat (on the part of eating it my husband reeeeeally loved it .) Thanks . Im haveing trouble finding Julies blog from when she first started the project of cooking Julias recipes . If someone emails me a link , I wont mind . :)
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mostlygood, January 27, 2012 (view all comments by mostlygood)
I only just read this book-knew about it for years but just never got around to reading it. Anyway,
I needed this book at this time in my life. I laughed so much, not just at situations but at the
honesty of the writer. It was refreshing to read about someone living their life, honestly and
without apology and having the guts to write about it.
I appreciated the political jibes at Republicans (I am one) and I understood Julie's perspective
of her fellow co-workers. Because I am estranged (temporarily) from my Democrat sister I am going to
send her this book as a peace offering.
Anyway, now I am reading the blog, will see the movie, and hopefully
keep reading Julie Powell books. Write on, Ma'am.
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jmcdole, August 30, 2010 (view all comments by jmcdole)
i was very pleased with what i seen. She had the will-power that i would never be able to take on, but she made the food look fabulus!!!i would love to try one french dinner and be able to say YUM after cooking it, lol. I do have one question though, what did u make out of that calf's foot? I grew up on a farm and we killed our own beef, but i don't ever remember my mother cooking that, but she did cook, the beef's toungh, yuk, lol. But if i ever had the chance to meet julie i would have to say bravoe girl you did it, and i salute all your evert to finish what you started. I am disalbed and can't do the kind of cooking that you were able to do. Thank you julie, you are a true person, telling it like it is, and isn't, i loved the movie, and i hope your life is better for you now, and for your husband sticking it out with you and helping you when you needed it, that is hard to find, well maybe will talk again, good luck to both of you, with the best to both you, bye and have a happy life together, love Jackie
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Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
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Finally, someone willing to admit just how dirty a kitchen can get! Powell's story is at once a comic tale of struggling to find one's balance in the adult world, and a witty exploration of why — and how — we cook. Gastronomes, as well as those more inclined to order take-out, will enjoy Powell's down-and-dirty journey into French cuisine, but her depiction of America is the secret ingredient that holds the whole recipe together. A nourishing read if you love to cook or would rather stay out of the kitchen altogether.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Powell became an Internet celebrity with her 2004 blog chronicling her yearlong odyssey of cooking every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. A frustrated secretary in New York City, Powell embarked on 'the Julie/Julia project' to find a sense of direction, and both the cooking and the writing quickly became all-consuming. Some passages in the book are taken verbatim from the blog, but Powell expands on her experience and gives generous background about her personal life: her doting husband, wacky friends, evil co-workers. She also includes some comments from her 'bleaders' (blog readers), who formed an enthusiastic support base. Powell never met Julia Child (who died last year), but the venerable chef's spirit is present throughout, and Powell imaginatively reconstructs episodes from Child's life in the 1940s. Her writing is feisty and unrestrained, especially as she details killing lobsters, tackling marrowbones and cooking late into the night. Occasionally the diarist instinct overwhelms the generally tight structure and Powell goes on unrelated tangents, but her voice is endearing enough that readers will quickly forgive such lapses. Both home cooks and devotees of Bridget Jonesstyle dishing will be caught up in Powell's funny, sharp-tongued but generous writing. Agent, Sarah Chalfant. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Kirkus Reviews,
"A gratifying year spent tackling the art of French cooking....Indulge in this memoir of marrow and butter, knowing there is always a bitter green to balance the taste."
"The tougher the shopping and cooking assignment, the more sensual the experience, as Powell discovers incredible determination and hidden talents in cooking, writing, and living. This is a joyful, humorous account of one woman's efforts to find meaning in her life."
by Johanna Bates, BUST,
"Powell is a talented, funny writer... Julie & Julia [is] a touching, sometimes stomach-turning, and overall delicious read."
With the humor of Bridget Jones and the vitality of Augusten Burroughs, Powell recounts how she conquered every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and saved her soul.
A breakout teen author explores the true meaning of popularity in a hysterically funny, touchingly honest contemporary memoir.
Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help a shy girl become popular?
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The real-life results are hilarious, painful, and filled with unexpected surprises. Told with humor and grace, Mayas journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence, along with a better understanding of what it means to be popular.
Who knows the ins and outs of romance better than a Harlequin editor? A surprising and exhilarating look into Patience Blooms unexpected real-life love story.
At some point, weve all wished romance could be more like fiction. Patience Bloom certainly did, many times over. As a teen she fell in love with Harlequin novels and imagined her life would turn out just like the heroines on the page: That shy guy she had a crush on wouldnt just take her out—hed sweep her off her feet with witty banter, quiet charm, and a secret life as a rock star. Not exactly her reality, but Bloom kept reading books that fed her reveries.
Years later she moved to New York and found her dream job, editing romances for Harlequin. Every day, her romantic fantasies came true—on paper. Bloom became an expert when it came to fictional love stories, editing amazing books and learning everything she could about the romance business. But her dating life remained uninspired. She nearly gave up on love.
Then one day a real-life chance at romance made her wonder if what shed been writing and editing all those years might be true. A Facebook message from a high school friend, Sam, sparked a relationship with more promise than shed had in years. But Sam lived thousands of miles away—they hadnt seen each other in more than twenty years. Was it worth the risk?
Finally, Bloom learned: Love and romance can conquer all.
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