Julie and Julia

by Julie Powell | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0670915262 Global Overview for this book
Registered by futurecat of Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on 5/26/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Friday, May 26, 2006
From the Timaru Rotary Booksale.

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Journal Entry 2 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Friday, June 02, 2006
For reasons too complicated to go into (or maybe for no reason at all), in August 2002 Julie Powell decided she was going to work her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, cooking all 524 recipes within a year. And not only that, she was going to blog her progress. This book tells the story of that year, of the cooking, of the triumphs and disasters, of her blog, of friends and family, of making connections across a country (and the world), of sudden fame, and of that particular brand of madness that strikes all of us now and then when we say "wouldn't it be fun to..."

I really enjoyed this book - it's funny but also manages to be thought-provoking at times, and is a fascinating story not only of the project itself (I'll never think of eggs in the same way again after her description of making eggs in aspic), but of the that moment in time when blogs were just beginning to hit the public conciousness, and catapulting ordinary people to momentary fame.

And best of all, Powell's blog, The Julie/Julia Project, is still out there! When I googled for it I wasn't really expecting to find it, given the ephemeral nature of the internet - I kind of expected it would have disappeared by now. But no, it's still there. She's not adding to it any more, but from the date-stamps on some of the comments, it's still being discovered by new fans. And she might have just found another one in me - I'm off to start reading her blog :-)

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Journal Entry 3 by TheLetterB from Dunedin, Otago New Zealand on Sunday, June 11, 2006
Like the sound of this book - and I think when I finish, I'll be checking out the original blog site, after reading FutureCat's entry.

Journal Entry 4 by TheLetterB from Dunedin, Otago New Zealand on Sunday, June 11, 2006
Spent the day being snowed in at home - what better to do than dive into a recently caught book? I really enjoyed this. I liked the idea to start with - a cooking spree with a deadline, a tiny kitchen and a long-suffering husband. You just know there are going to be some really sticky patches! What I didn't expect that by halfway through the book I'd be much less interested in the cooking than in the other details of Julie's life. Of course, my enjoyment was heightened by some bits being laugh-out-loud funny. But it was decidedly satisfying to know that The Project was a route out of temping/government drone hell for Julie, rather than just a year's distraction before facing the ticking clock.

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