Book review – Julie & Julia

As Julie Powell approached thirty she realised that she couldn’t spend another minute trapped in a mundane, monotonous secretarial job… so she resolved to turn her life (and kitchen) upside down and cook every single one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year.

This mission pushed her stamina to the limit and drove her husband mad at times; but it also gave her an unexpected reward: not just a newfound respect for obscure ingredients and culinary skills, but also a sense of purpose and zest for life.

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These two reviews sum up the enjoyment you can expect to get from this honest and often hilarious book: “Powell is not a domestic goddess; she ís emphatically, unembarrassedly a domestic mortal. But she is also a genuinely gifted thinker and writer about food. As we learn in the account of her culinary marathon, Childís gastronomical masterpiece teaches Powell precious lessons about herself.” —TIME Magazine

“You don’t have to like cooking or French food to enjoy the zippiness of Ms. Powell’s prose or to admire the purpose of her project. If our own grueling endeavors rarely bring the insight we imagined, or the transformation for which we hoped, Julie & Julia at last affords us the pleasure of cheering for Ms. Powell as she attempts her own. And she really did change her life. Now she’s a writer. A good one.” —Cameron Stracher, Wall Street Journal

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