nicknack47, August 9, 2014 (view all comments by nicknack47)
I loved the movie and I bought it. I remember watching Julia Child on tv cooking I loved her so I bought the movie and the book Mastering the Art of french cooking. No one is perfect and like Julie powell I am learning to cook from Julia's cookbook.
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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"
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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!
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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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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.
The bestselling memoir that's "irresistible....A kind of Bridget Jones meets The French Chef" (Philadelphia Inquirer) is now a major motion picture. Audiobook read by the author and value-priced! Directed by Nora Ephron, starring Amy Adams as Julie and Meryl Streep as Julia, the film Julie and Julia will be released by Sony Pictures on April 19, 2009.
The film is based on this bestselling memoir in which Julie Powell, nearing thirty and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, resolves to reclaim her life by cooking in the span of a single year, every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child's legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her unexpected reward: not just a newfound respect for calves' livers and aspic, but a new life-lived with gusto.
Now in paperback-the format in which it's destined to become a reading group favorite-the most heralded and hilarious memoir of recent years:
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.
The bestselling memoir that's "irresistible....A kind of Bridget Jones meets The French Chef" (Philadelphia Inquirer) is now a major motion picture directed by Nora Ephron, starring Amy Adams as Julie and Meryl Streep as Julia, the film Julie and Julia will be released by Sony Pictures on August 7, 2009.
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