Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Julie and Julia

Nothing is more hilarious than a 30 year old woman, liberal, working a dead end secretarial job in the midst of right wing cronies in a government agency. That is, until this same woman decides to embark on cooking every single recipe from her mother's original 1940s edition of Mastering the Art of French Cooking , by Julia Child.

Julie&Julia by Julie Powell is a true account of the year in the life of Julie Powell. Powell, who unhappy with her job and overall banality of her existence decides to cook all 524 recipes within a year and blog about it. Over the months Julie learns among other things, to extract bone marrow, debone a duck and kill a lobster. She records each cooking disaster, triumph and questionable cooking technique into her blog which attracts a captivated foodie audience. Powell's life is starting to look less mundane and instead, she is wrapped so tightly in “The Project” as she calls it, that her life finally has purpose – her blog audience is counting on her to finish each recipe no matter how challenging it is to find 1940’s ingredients in Long Island City, New York in the year 2002.

I recommend reading this book if you have an interest in food. The story is as much about Julie and Julia Child as it is about the fine foods that she sets out to make. There are intricate descriptions of how each recipe is prepared and some of it is down right impressive. Aspics? You’ll have to read the story to find out about that.

Julie Powell is an author with a distinct trendy, age appropriate raunchy voice that I'm sure we'll see and hear much more about for years to come. She’s also still blogging at where she speaks candidly about her journey from secretary, to cook, to book author to walking the red carpet for the upcoming movie Julie&Julia starring Amy Adams as Powell, and Meryl Streep as Julia Child.

You’ll not find a culinary book as deliciously humorous as this one. Bon Appetit.


  1. I have that cook book, but haven't tried to use it in years. As I recall, a recipe for cooking a whole chicken starts with instructions on how to remove the feathers from a carcass.

    Did I ever tell you that my wife got to know Julia Child when she was here in the late 70's for a promotional visit? Jennifer handled her publicity. She said the private woman was exactly like the public woman.

  2. Tom, this doesn't surprise me. I have a feeling if we were on the subject of Jimmy Hoffa, you'd say, "Oh, did I tell you that my wife and I had coffee with him the other day?" HA!

  3. cant' wait to read it now!!!! ok, and see the movie too.

  4. No, I never met Jimmy Hoffa, but we used to have Sunday brunch at the restaurant where he was last seen alive! I'm serious.