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Book Review: Julie & Julia – My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell

Posted by jaystile on June 30, 2009

Julie & Julia – My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell ©2005. I don’t usually read books my wife has laying around, but since I know she is going to drag me to the movie version I would at least be able to smugly say, “The book was much better.” This book covers the adventures of Julie Powell as she tries to cook every recipe in “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” by Julia Child in one year. She kept a blog about her exploits that were then organized into a book.

There were definitely some humorous moments in the book describing the anxiety of butchering her first lobster. And the detailed disasters of many failed attempts at completing the recipes. All the writing about the trials and tribulations of cooking kept me entertained. Her personal life and that of her friends kind of disgusted me. Although I’m reading her personal thoughts and feelings (which if everyone knew what I thought would probably be equally disgusted) I couldn’t help but think, “This woman has not matured emotionally since she was 15.” It is important for everyone to nurture the different aspects of their person and I think she learned that by the end of her experience. And the part in the book where maggots and flies overcome her kitchen/loft because she hasn’t washed the drainage rack for her dishes grossed me out. What that says to me is, “We’ll do the dishes but we are too lazy to dry and put them away.” I hate that kind of laziness. It’s disgusting. Yes, everyone is tired and no one wants to do work. Too bad. Come home. Make dinner. Do your chores for the day. Shower up. Kiss your lover goodnight. Then do it all again the next day.

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