Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

I first saw “Julia & Julia” with Amy Adams and Meryl Streep in 2009 and absolutely loved it. It inspired me to start my own blog a year later in my tiny kitchen in Antwerp. Although I changed the name (a few times hehe), I never stopped and still love it so much. I had always enjoyed writing and cooking and Julie’s story of cooking her way through Julia Child’s cookbook – one recipe a day – was just so inspirational. Her spirit was next level, her writing style refreshing. Julie Powell’s blog was turned into a book in 2006 and I’m really lucky to own an original copy as it was remade a few years later following on from the success of the movie.

A few days ago Julie sadly passed away at the young age of 49. Although I had originally planned another book of the month, I decided to honour this legendary woman instead as she had such a big influence on my life.

I very often think about following in her footsteps and cooking my way through my cookbooks but it would probably take me years since I have quite the cookbook collection. Picking one would just be too hard and repeating what Julie did by cooking the recipes in Julia’s book seems a bit meh. Maybe some day I’ll find a better way to honour Julie’s work and spirit, but for now I’ll be watching the movie again this weekend and will read through her book again as well next week as it’s always very inspirational.

About the author

Julie Powell thrust herself from obscurity (and an uninspiring temp job) to cyber-celebrityhood when, in 2002, she embarked on an ambitious yearlong cooking (and blogging) expedition through all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She detailed the experience in her critically acclaimed 2005 New York Times bestselling memoir, Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in August 2009. Julie has made appearances on national television shows from ABC’s “Good Morning America” and CBS’s “The Early Show” to “The Martha Stewart Show” and Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” and her writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers including Bon Appétit, Food and Wine, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Times, Washington Post, and more. She is a two-time James Beard Award winner, has been awarded an honorary degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and was the first ever winner of the Overall Lulu Blooker Prize for Books.

Book description

Julie & Julia is the story of Julie Powell’s attempt to revitalize her marriage, restore her ambition, and save her soul by cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I, in a period of 365 days. The result is a masterful medley of Bridget Jones’ Diary meets Like Water for Chocolate, mixed with a healthy dose of original wit, warmth, and inspiration that sets this memoir apart from most tales of personal redemption.

When we first meet Julie, she’s a frustrated temp-to-perm secretary who slaves away at a thankless job, only to return to an equally demoralizing apartment in the outer boroughs of Manhattan each evening. At the urging of Eric, her devoted and slightly geeky husband, she decides to start a blog that will chronicle what she dubs the “Julie/Julia Project.” What follows is a year of butter-drenched meals that will both necessitate the wearing of an unbearably uncomfortable girdle on the hottest night of the year, as well as the realization that life is what you make of it and joy is not as impossible a quest as it may seem, even when it’s -10 degrees out and your pipes are frozen.

Powell is a natural when it comes to connecting with her readers, which is probably why her blog generated so much buzz, both from readers and media alike. And while her self-deprecating sense of humor can sometimes dissolve into whininess, she never really loses her edge, or her sense of purpose. Even on day 365, she’s working her way through Mayonnaise Collee and ending the evening “back exactly where we started–just Eric and me, three cats and Buffy…sitting on a couch in the outer boroughs, eating, with Julia chortling alongside us….”

Inspired and encouraging, Julie and Julia is a unique opportunity to join one woman’s attempt to change her life, and have a laugh, or ten, along the way. –Gisele Toueg

Book information

ASIN ‏ : ‎ B011MFFI3A
Language ‏ : ‎ English
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0739467018
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0739467015

Can also be bought as Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously

ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0141043989
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin; Media tie-in edition (6 Aug. 2009)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780141043982
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0141043982
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm

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