I recently happened upon a paperback copy of Julie Powell's book Julie & Julia and just had to purchase it! I am so enchanted with the movie that this was an opportunity I could not pass up at 25% off the cover price! I am finding it a fast, irresistable read and within a few short hours am already half-way through.
This is a story of a young married woman in Long Island City New York, a government worker by day, and Julia Child protege by night. She has taken on the challenge of creating all 500 + recipes of Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 365 days. Sometimes daunting, always entertaining, this task is shared daily in her blog. Will she maintain her sanity and her marriage through this, the reader wonders. How many times have you tackled a new recipe for company, like an aspic per se, and it didn't gel? Not that I have any desire to try an aspic, a dish of congealed matter with bits of meat suspended within. Does that sound appetizing to you? Particularly when you know that the gelatin can be found within the cartilage or made from a meat stock. At any rate, she is nonplussed in her efforts to accomplish the most daunting of culinary tasks, providing the reader with a highly entertaining feast.
Written somewhat with abondon, Julie & Julia is funny, feisty, and definitely original. Several book reviews make a reference to the language within. May I say it is at times colorful and perverse. Consider yourself warned. If this doesn't faze you, you will thoroughly enjoy the read.
Julie Powell is enigmatic! Her example welcomed me to the world of blogging!