April 16, 2009

Julie & Julia

Many months ago I picked up a book called Julie & Julia at the local used book store (for two bucks, thankyouverymuch). It looked cute, light-hearted, and not too long for someone like me who rarely finds/makes time to read anymore. I finally started to read it, and I am still only halfway through it, but it's just my speed and I love it so far — witty, funny, and relate-able for a non-chef like me.

It's the true story of Julie Powell, a twenty-something New Yorker who is in a dead-end job that she hates and is searching for something that will make her feel like she has some purpose; while looking through her mom's fading copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julia Child's first cookbook, Julie crazily gives herself the challenge of cooking every single recipe in the book (all 524 of them) in the span of one year. It is fantastic and totally inspiring that someone who has barely ever cooked a full meal can take on this challenge and actually master quite a few skills in the process (while hilarity often ensues and her husband/mother/best friend think she's nuts, of course). Julie tracked her progress (and failures) on her blog and I can't wait to peruse it once I finish reading the book.

To my delight, I just discovered that Meryl Streep and Amy Adams are starring in a movie version of the book that will be out this summer. I love me some Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, and I love this book, so I can't wait!


  1. Have never read the book, but I always notice the cover because I have that same little whisk. The frowny egg is so sad, but looking at him always makes me ridiculously happy. :)

  2. How fun! I just read it too (and blogged about it here: http://tinyurl.com/dn9up9)! I hadn't heard about the movie version, can't wait to see it. Sounds like the perfect summer movie :)

  3. this looks AMAZING! I'm going to get this for the plane ride to NOLA :)


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