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Book Club: Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

Buzz Book Club: Julie and Julia, Section Two

Hey Buzz Book Club readers! Welcome back! I hope you were able to round up a copy of Julie and Julia to read along with me. This is the section in which our writer gets down and dirty with some hard recipes to tackle. Can't wait to discuss!

But first, a note about how Book Club goes if you're new: Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in November). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.

Of course, you are always welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments! After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section.

The next assignment: Read from the start of the chapter titled "Sweet Smell of Failure" to the end of the book! Even though we've got Thanksgiving next week, I'll still post the last round questions on Friday — what better to discuss through your turkey haze than a book all about cooking, right?

To discuss the second section of Julie and Julia, in which we read from "The Law of Diminishing Returns" through "The Proof Is in the Plumbing,"


  1. OK, so in the first section, I was totally craving French food and digging all the recipes Julie was cooking. But this section is all about hoofs and things "en gelee." Are you still craving French food, or are you (as I was, frankly) a little grossed out?
  2. This section has about an equal amount of writing about food and writing about the other things in Julie's life (her job, Gwen, etc.). Which do you enjoy reading more?
  3. On a similar note, do you think you would have read this blog if you'd known about it while she was writing it?
  4. What did you make of the Gwen story in general? Do you agree with what Julie said to her?
  5. I was a little surprised that the dinner party, which started out seeming like a disaster, ended so well. Julie seems really stressed out in this section, but she doesn't seem to actually fail very much. Are you surprised by that? Are you glad she's getting through the book, or do you want more struggle and disaster?
  6. If you were Eric, would you be content to eat French food and do the dishes every night, or would you have your own supply of pizza and Hungry Man frozen dinners by now?
  7. Are you feeling a connection between Julie and Julia?
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