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Buzz Book Club: Julie and Julia

Hello, Buzz Book Club readers! I don't know about you, but as soon as my calendar says "November," I start thinking about food. Lots and lots of yummy Thanksgiving food . . . mmm . . . ahem! I figured it would be fun to read a book all about cooking good stuff in honor of the delicious holiday. I've had my eye on Julie and Julia by Julie Powell ever since I learned that they're making it into a movie, and I thought this could be just the month in which to read it.

Julie Powell's story isn't just about food, though. It's a real-life tale of self-discovery, and it all started with one woman's goal to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She chronicled her entire experience on her blog, which naturally turned into a book deal!

For those of you new to my book club format, here's how it works: I'll announce a new book each month. 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 discussion-provoking questions for you to respond to in the comments section.

To find out what Julie and Julia is all about and to get the first assignment,


The synopsis for Julie and Julia reads:
"Julie Powell was on the verge of turning 30, trapped in a series of unfulfilling temp jobs, and living in a dreadful apartment in Queens, New York. That’s when she decided to break the monotony by attempting to make all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. One year later, Powell had achieved her goal, documented her experiences on one of the most popular blogs on the Internet, and began the award-winning, bestselling book."

The first assignment: Read from the beginning of the book until the end of the chapter titled "Disaster/Dinner Party, Dinner Party/Disaster: A Study in Duality" (so, just before "The Law of Diminishing Returns" begins). We'll chat about this first section a week from today, Nov. 14.

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bibliophile bibliophile 8 years
What a great idea for November! Sounds like fun.
marinewifey marinewifey 8 years
Thanks for mentioning that CaterpillarGirl... I was wanting to pick it up, but knowing that, I will pass.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 8 years
This sounds good, hope it is.
kittyhill kittyhill 8 years
I'm already reading this for my work book club (what luck!) but having a hard time picking it up each time because she swears so much. Big turnoff.
lillovelygrl33 lillovelygrl33 8 years
i love food books and tried reading this book last summer and disliked it so much i ended up just saying forget it!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
This has been on my to-read list for awhile now. Thanks for giving me a reason to read it. Looking forward to this month's Book Club!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
This one sounds like fun! I haven't participated before either, but I'm planning to this time. I love food books.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i've read the books in the past but i haven't participated so hopefully this will be my month to do so. thanks for choosing this book. i didn't realize that it was going to be adapted for film but it's good to know so i can read it before seeing it.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
THis is a terrible book. If you love and respect Julia Child? you will hate it. Its insulting to her cooking and to her memory and Julie? is a horrible woman who whines, cusses and complains her way through its pages. Warning to any republicans she is a far left liberal who writes about assassinating President Bush. she also makes fun of 9/11 victims (who she works with) There is about 30% "cooking" if you could call it that in the book, the rest is about her sex life, her friends sex life, and just all around hating. There is actually maggots in her kitchen at one point ,thats how filthy she is.
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