Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Powell flounders in her latest cooking-themed memoir. Trying to end an affair, the married Powell leaves town and seeks distraction in a butcher shop. She explores her obsessions with meat and with her lover but listeners will quickly tune out. Her sarcastic inflections, flat tone, and nervous voice that worked reasonably well with Julie and Julia sound supercilious and affected here. The clunky performance cannot redeem the uninspired prose, and Powell who compulsively cheats on her 'saintly' husband is difficult to empathize with. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The latest life adventures from the author of "Julie & Julia." When her marriage is challenged by an insane, irresistible love affair, Powell decides to leave town and immerse herself in a new obsession: butchery.
About the Author
After a misspent youth involving loads of dead-end jobs and several questionable decisions, Julie Powell, author of Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, 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.