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Summer Reading: Julie and Julia

A few years ago, while facing her 30th birthday, Julie Powell decided that even though she had no culinary background, she was going to master Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. So she built herself a blog and gave herself a year to complete every single recipe inside. There were ups and downs, but over the course of 365 days not only does she learns how to make a clafouti, but she learns a lot about herself. While reading the compelling memoir, entitled Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment, you'll have the opportunity to step inside one gal's attempt to change her life.

Personally, I found the journey to be wonderfully heartwarming and a pleasure to read. Powell's prose is witty, provocative and had my stomach growling, my heart aching and my mind enthralled. I'll have to warn you though, if you're looking for a book about French cooking, you're going to have to keep searching. While it is definitely sprinkled with food, the memoir is really a vehicle for what the author was going through during that period in her life. You may not find the secret to unlock your inner Julia Child, but you will find a really entertaining read.

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EllaDee EllaDee 8 years
I've been wanting to read this so very badly.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
how awesome! it's going on my list!
aras8218 aras8218 8 years
Thanks for the suggestion, always looking for new reads.
ALSW ALSW 8 years
What a neat idea
ALSW ALSW 8 years
What a neat idea
rlveronica rlveronica 8 years
It's on my list! :) Yay!
pinkflats pinkflats 8 years
i love the story of it, i'm going to have to get it. i swear there is culinary chef lurking in me; i just get so enthralled with anything that involves food (movies, tv shows, books, even preparing meals or baking).
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 8 years
I love the cover of the book jacket...will put on my summer reading list.
Scarlet Scarlet 8 years
I've read it before, it goes by pretty fast.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 8 years
Nice! Sounds like a good read.
sarsour82 sarsour82 8 years
I LOVED this book! I recommend it to anyone who is interested in cooking! Great beach read!
sarsour82 sarsour82 8 years
I LOVED this book! I recommend it to anyone who is interested in cooking! Great beach read!
katlovesclothes katlovesclothes 8 years
I read it, it's a lot of fun- a great farewell to summer!
ccy ccy 8 years
absolutly need to check this out!
rubialala rubialala 8 years
Ooo it sounds good, I'm going to have to check it out.
krEnElk krEnElk 8 years
i LOVE this book! my mom gave it to me when i was having surgery last year and i zipped through it in a matter of hours!
c0rkie c0rkie 8 years
i might just need to read this :D
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