Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell

Xw12_5      I like to cook, and I liked Julia Child; she had a great sense of humor about herself and encouraged aspiring stove hacks that cooking and eating well were possible for the average Joe.  It’s unfortunate that she became more of a caricature of herself as time went on – she really humanized gastronomy and made it fun for a lot of folks.

     What better tribute to this icon of the kitchen than someone aspiring to cook all 524 recipes of Julia’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking?  And to do it all in a year’s time?  The author did just that, learning the horrors of aspic, the joys of the perfect roux, and the trials of crepe creation. She also documented her journey into Julia-dom via an Internet blog that soon had a sound fan base, and did all her cooking in a sweatshop of a loft apartment kitchen in Queens. 

     She gets responses aplenty – dismay from her mother, encouragement from her wacky friends, and much-needed (at times) bolstering by her growing legions of blog readers, or "bleaders" as she calls them.  She also juggles a secretarial job and a marriage along with her culinary trek, and does it all with a combination of wit and hysteria that had me laughing out loud, occasionally in public places.  I hope Julia Child (rest her soul) is in heaven laughing as well.

(William Hicks, Information Services)

    

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