Julie and Julia: My Year Of Cooking Dangerously

by Julie Powell

Little, Brown And Company | July 1, 2009 | Mass Market Paperbound

Julie and Julia: My Year Of Cooking Dangerously is rated 2.85 out of 5 by 20.
Julie & Julia, the bestselling memoir that's "irresistible....A kind of Bridget Jones meets The French Chef" (Philadelphia Inquirer), is now a major motion picture. Julie Powell, nearing thirty and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, resolves to reclaim her life by cooking in the span of a single year, every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child's legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her unexpected reward: not just a newfound respect for calves' livers and aspic, but a new life-lived with gusto. The film is written and directed by Nora Ephron and stars Amy Adams as Julie and Meryl Streep as Julia.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 400 pages, 6.75 × 4.12 × 1 in

Published: July 1, 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 031604251X

ISBN - 13: 9780316042512

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Julie & Julia I saw the movie first (usually a very bad idea) so I couldn't help but compare. I really liked both - but for entirely different reasons. In the movie, I found the author to be a bit of a goody two-shoes. In the book, Julie Powell is a woman after my own heart - a little sarcastic, a little overweight, a little whiney, a little bit prone to bitchiness and temper if things don't go the way she hopes, a bit of a potty mouth. Julie needs a project - something to make up for the fact that she's in a dead end job, in a lousy apartment and in an okay marriage. So she comes up with the idea of cooking her way through Julia Child's 'Mastering the Art of Fine Cuisine' and blogging about it. The book is about that year - honest, entertaining anecdotes about her marriage, her job, her friends, her cooking triumphs and failures. In the movie, considerable attention was given to the lives of Julia Child and her husband - very little of that was included in the book (but for that you can read 'My Life in France') Overall, I really liked this book. The idea of creating such an ambitious project - and actually staying with it and completing it - is enormously appealing to me. I would definitely recommend this one.
Date published: 2016-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Julie and Julia , 365 days, 524 recipes A delightful read. The connecting recipes, and a personal life story with them made for a kind of a continuing appetite. Needed more. Often snacked on a few pages before bed. Fascinating with the parallels between the two ladies lives and suspect their personalities. Julie a more modern version of a wonderful lady, Julia ,who brought us the food , culture and the people of France in a way we had not seen them before. Thank you, ladies.
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from could've been better....i think i'll watch the movie too normally when i read the novel and it's amazing i will refuse to watch the movie. the film always butchers the book, characters and general feeling of the book. my absolutely fave about this book is her cooking from Child's recipes and her difficulties- she's funny. And she is a huge fan of BUFFY (awesome i totally love buffy too) i would have preferred powell to explain some of the recipes in english. she did with most, but i needed a better description. maybe it's just me, because i don't cook. the book is delicious the recipes she makes- yum-o interesting experiment- based on true events. not hilarious to me movie probably funnier, but some parts give you a chuckle.
Date published: 2012-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not great - the movie is better *** SPOILERS ALERT!! *** I like to cook. Most of the time, I’m good with thinking up dinner recipes – or finding ones in cookbooks, baking cakes, cookies, and whatnot, and just creating things in the kitchen. Sometimes I need motivation. When I started reading Julie Powell’s book Julie and Julia I felt very motivated. After reading the first chapter, I dug out my cookbooks and planned meals for the next couple days. And I really enjoyed cooking them. Halfway through the book I realized that it was all pretty much the same thing happening. Julie cooks Julia’s recipes – they either turn out well or they’re garbage. She works her way through the entire Mastering the Art of French Cooking book, eating things like liver, duck, marrow, etc. She swears, she cries, her husband helps her at times, she feeds friends and family, she writes on her blog (which was a pretty new concept when she had started blogging). At this halfway point, I realized that while Julie is “finding herself” while cooking, it’s also the same thing over and over again. She cooks, they eat, she goes to her day job, people notice her blog and she experiences a bit of fame. After this point, I put the book down. I was bored. She cooked. She wasn’t a cleaner (maybe I’m a clean freak, but the thought of those little black flies in my kitchen, and the part with the maggots just didn’t sit well with me – who lets their kitchen get that way?). She was gaining weight because of the sheer amount of fat used in the cooking. She didn’t like her office job because it wasn’t helping her discover herself. Blah, blah, blah. I started reading Julie and Julia at the beginning of November. Now, at the beginning of December, after reading 4 other books, I’ve finished reading it. I didn’t feel enlightened after finishing the book. In fact, I didn’t even feel the urge to cook anymore. Julie Powell is a decent writer, though she does stray from topic to topic throughout the book. One thing would remind her of another and she’d go off talking about something else. As a reader, I didn’t feel intrigued to get to the end of the book – I assumed she’d work her way to the end of MtAoFC and discover herself. It wasn’t like reading a regular fiction book – there was no suspense, no intrigue, no mystery. In fact, by the end of the book there were a few endings (where Julie felt the need to write “The End”. Twice.) where I just thought to myself, “Finish it already!” By the end of the book, Julie cooks her final dish well, but still doesn’t really know how to cook. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I do find myself to be slightly more capable in the kitchen which might be why I couldn’t relate to Julie. When something goes wrong, I’m not swearing. I don’t let the dishes pile up for days. Cooking is more therapeutic for me rather than a chore (which is what the Julie/Julia Project seemed to be like for Julie). I’m not the best cook in the world – in fact, far from it – but I manage. After following a “how to” cookbook for a year I would think I’d be better in the kitchen, just as I thought Julie would have turned into a better chef than she was at the start of the book. I’m very interested to watch the movie with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams – perhaps it’ll keep my interest more than the book did. On another note, at the end of the book there is an excerpt from Julie Powell’s next book Cleaving: a Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession. After reading bits of that excerpt, I noticed it was the same kind of writing as in Julie and Julia and I really don’t see myself purchasing it. I’m not sure why, after writing a memoir about food, Julie would write yet another memoir about food. Instead of working her way through a cookbook, she’s discovering herself as a butcher. Wow. Maybe she’s just trying to stretch out those 15 minutes of fame. I think I would give the book 2 stars out of 5. Now, we’ll see how the movie fares.
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read I read this book over the course of one of my Saturday shifts at work. The call volume was low and I had time between calls to motor through this book. Julie & Julia is a fast and very easy read. That doesn't to say it's too simple to really care about, because it isn't. I would have given it five stars, because I did like it quite a lot, but I'm not a fan of letters interjecting narrative. They pull me right out of the story and I don't find them all that interesting. But I enjoyed hearing of Julie's adventures in the kitchen. I dare say I liked it so much better than the movie. But usually that's the case with movies and books they're based on, am I right?
Date published: 2010-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better than I expected I got this book as a gift and it sat at the bottom of a pile of books for a couple of weeks. Then I was at a salon going through a magazine and there was an excerpt of Julie Powell's next book and apparently she had an affair after the cooking project, and in that little excerpt there was so much humour and drama- well I had to go home and start reading ' Julie and Julia' ...and it was so hilarious! She is a little crazy and thats what made this book even more enjoyable.
Date published: 2010-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Julie Powell I recently watched the movie version of this book and I was immediately drawn to Julie. Her life and mine are so similar, it's crazy. (I even share her love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer...HAHAHA.) I can see myself doing what she did, maybe not to the extent that she did, but at least 75-80% of it. So, I decided that I would read her book, to see if it was as good as the movie. So far, I LOVE it. I love her comments, her sense of humor, and the way that she describes her cooking fiascos. (I just finished reading about the bone marrow incident, and I loved it...as gross as it was, lol, it was still funny reading it.) Anyhow, I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. 2 thumbs up :)
Date published: 2010-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of fun I had a lot of fun reading this book. Made me want to attempt a project like this myself, or at least eat more french food.
Date published: 2009-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cheese Souffle vs Grilled Cheese Put succinctly I had a love/hate relationship with Julie Powell's book Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously. Unlike some of her critics I do applaud Powell's leap from the world of blogging into that of a published author. Many of her detractors have made it all about the food but that wasn't why she embarked on 524 Recipes in 365 days; Jennie Yabroff in her Newsweek article Stop Hating Julie Powell, Please covers this well. What Ms. Powell did need was someone to remind her that when people stop reading your words for free and start laying down money for your book, you then have an obligation to give them a reasonably professional product and that is where she just doesn't deliver. Some of her word choices and phrasing were barely at a high school grammar 101 level. Attempts to be avant guard through drawing on sexual encounters (hers and those of her friends), a preoccupation with her own body odors and the ad nauseum descriptions about the grunge and filth of her apartment were imitations of twenty-something writers who had gone before her and who have done it so much better. When she isn't trying so hard and returns to the realness of her life the book improves. I enjoyed reading about the bona fide world of Julie Powell. This is also where she stops being a blogger and remembers that she is an author as her prose takes us through the drudgery of her day job, her escalating enthusiasm for cooking, to her growing obsession with completing the project Mastering the Art of French Cooking and even her feelings for Julia Child. It was a stark contrast indeed that while reading Julie & Julia I came across an excerpt from Elizabeth McCracken's book 'An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination'. After years of reading it is not often that one can still stumble on an author who really draws you in. She has a wonderful style that never slips into some of the slickness that so many do. She writes about life events and emotions with a refreshing clarity and where I really felt a connection was her sense of humor; the 'dwarves of grief' that she refers to will forever have a place in my imagination and I will definitely be ordering one of her books for my winter reading Authors such as Elizabeth McCracken provide a quality source of reading pleasure, and while pop culture figures such as Julie Powell may stretch their 15 minutes of fame into 30; I for one won't be finding the time to read any more of her books.
Date published: 2009-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice and Dry I really like the writing syle. Her nice dry humour is makes me smile and nod. It is honest and realistic, something us common folk can relate too.
Date published: 2009-10-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not finish reading I had to stop reading by page 180. It was torture just to get through the first few chapters. You hope that it gets better but it doesn't. Its boring and I became very agitated when I was reading this book. The writing as well as the character irritated me.
Date published: 2009-10-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I really didn't like this book. It seemed very off-topic, self-involved, and incredibly boring. I was expecting more of a book about cooking and the recipes and actually about her "cooking dangerously", but instead learned more than I ever cared to know about the personal lives of people she knew, and about how she was amused at people online objecting to her using the f-word often in her blog posts. I have written a more in-depth review here: http://eclecticbookshelf.com/?p=12
Date published: 2009-10-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Truly Disappointing... I started reading this book after watching the movie in the theatre this past Summer. All I can say is that the movie depicted Julie Powell as a nice, sweet, some what eccentric individual who went throught the year working on cooking her way through Julia Child's cook book. But after reading it 3/4 way through the book, I found her extremely talentless, as well an annoying selfish individual. They writing itself is filled with anger, swearing and most of all, stuff I didn't care much. This is one of the books you will find in a bargain bin at Christmas time at a local grocery store. Where and why you would read this book? A: I was bored and there is nothing good on the television. I read this mostly in bed, it made me tired and feel sorry on how Julie Powell has a bad hygiene issue, as well a fear that her husband will divorce her.
Date published: 2009-10-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Incredibly honest This was a story I had hard time to make an opinion on. At the end, I can say that even though I could do without some of the images suggested by the story, I could not help but admire the honesty of the writer. It takes a special person to lay things out just the way they are, without embellishments and/or disguise. It also takes a special person to appreciate this narrative just the way it is…
Date published: 2009-10-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK but.... This isn't a classic. It's "cute" and I wouldn't read her next one. One is enough..... There are life lessons that we all could learn from her so there are redeeming qualities.
Date published: 2009-09-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lacks spice With all the hype surrounding the movie, I was eager to dig into Julie & Julia. Unfortunately, I found the story of Julie to be dull and it dragged on too long. Her challenge and quest to get of a life rut was interesting, but not entertaining.
Date published: 2009-09-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrid waste of time!!!! Let's be clear that this woman had a blog published. She took an interesting journey but she is no writer. She wasted so many opportunities to link to Julia Child and the reason behind Julia's passion. Instead she focused on stupid tangents about her sex life and that of her friends. Despite her attempt to make the rest of us seem boring, her use of the F-bomb does not add anything to the book other than reinforcing the limitations of her vocabulary. This book was a real shame. Thank goodness the movie leverages significant material from Julia Child's book - My Life in France.
Date published: 2009-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected Book is more about Julie than Julia--I had thought it would be more or less equal time on both of their success/failures with the reciepes but on the whole not too bad still a fairly good read
Date published: 2009-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok - but I hope the movie is better..... The blog didn't translate well into a book. I can see how the movie will be better. In the book there was too much Julie and not enough Julia.
Date published: 2009-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bon Appetit Lost in her life, Julie decides to find purpose by cooking Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Not my choice to find life affirming, but hey! what ever works for you. What I enjoyed most about this book was that is really wasn't about cooking: it was about Julie discovering who and what she was. It was about her realizing all she had (great husband, family, friends, her self) and appreciating it. For me, that was the best part of this book, watching her retell how she learned who she was. Overall, a fun book. I laughed, and I sympathised. I liked her, and would love to have her over for dinner.
Date published: 2009-07-12

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Julie and Julia: My Year Of Cooking Dangerously

Julie and Julia: My Year Of Cooking Dangerously

by Julie Powell

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 400 pages, 6.75 × 4.12 × 1 in

Published: July 1, 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 031604251X

ISBN - 13: 9780316042512

About the Book

Powell needs something to break the monotony of her life. So, she invents a deranged assignment: She will take her mother's dog-eared copy of Julia Child's 1961 classic, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," and cook all 524 recipes in the span of just one year.

From the Publisher

Julie & Julia, the bestselling memoir that's "irresistible....A kind of Bridget Jones meets The French Chef" (Philadelphia Inquirer), is now a major motion picture. Julie Powell, nearing thirty and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, resolves to reclaim her life by cooking in the span of a single year, every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child's legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her unexpected reward: not just a newfound respect for calves' livers and aspic, but a new life-lived with gusto. The film is written and directed by Nora Ephron and stars Amy Adams as Julie and Meryl Streep as Julia.

About the Author

After spending a long, long time working as a temp, Julie Powell now writes in her pajamas at her home in Queens, New York, and occasionally serves as a butcher's apprentice.

Editorial Reviews

"A really good book."-Washington Post Book World