Tuesday, August 18, 2009

128 - Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously; Julie Powell


This is a combination review of the book that follows along with the movie, and the movie.

Julie and; Julia was so entertaining. Julie is a woman who is about to turn 30. She and her husband have just moved to a tiny, cramped apartment in Queens, NY above a pizza shop. She works full time at a just so so government job, and is unsure what to do with her life. Julie does love to eat, she loves to cook, so she comes up with an idea to cook every single recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook. She plans to do this all in one year and there are over 500 recipes. Every day she blogs about her cooking experience, and soon she becomes quite popular out there in cyberspace.She becomes totally obsessed with her project, and fortunately for her she has a supportive husband on her cheering squad.

If you see the movie, I think you will agree the Meryl Streep was just fabulous as Julia Child. She sounded just like her, and she too had a supportive husband like Julie, who encouraged her to pursue her interest in cooking, even though she was in her 40's when she did.

It was amazing how they combined Julie Powell's story with Julia Child's : My Life in Paris story. Laugh out loud moments you will want to experience again and again.

Had I just read the book (Julie Powell's true story) and not seen the movie, I might have been a little less enthusiastic with this review. Julie, was a bit of a whiner, or to me, that is how she came across. This was one feel good story/movie, that I will be talking about every opportunity I get. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
RATING - 5/5; Completed - 8/18/09; My Stacks

18 comments:

  1. I also have to book to read. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  2. Meryl Streep is just so amazing - no matter what she tries, she is great at it! Thanks for the review!

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  3. Did I tell you how Julie Powell solicited donations the whole time she was doing her cooking and writing her blog? A friend of mine sent her a generous donation and she NEVER THANKED HIM.

    I posted a comment on her blog about this, and guess what? My comment never appeared! And she STILL never thanked my friend.

    But she cashed his check....promptly!

    What a gal!

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  4. I'm dying to see the movie! I really liked the book, despite Julie Powell's potty mouth.

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  5. Your review has convinced me I must read the book now. The comercials for the movie have already inticed me to see the movie, now I want to read book first.

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  6. I agree with you about the book. Julie did come across as a little whiny to me, and I don't think that I loved it quite as much as a few other bloggers did. Regardless, it was enjoyable. I'll have to check out the movie now- your review was great! It's nice when they make a movie as good as (or better!) than the book.

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  7. It sounds like one of those rare cases where the movie exceeds the book. :-) I look forward to seeing it.

    http://starkravingbibliophile.blogspot.com/

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  8. The previews have not made me want to see this movie, but your review has.

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  9. I'm totally excited about your rave review!! I can't wait to read the book and see the movie. I just got the book last week at the library!!

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  10. I'm looking forward to reading this (won a copy recently) and seeing the movie!

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    http://libslibrary.blogspot.com/2009/08/giveaway-blue-star-by-tony-earley.html

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  12. I like both actresses, Amy Adams is very likable and Meryl Streep is so talented. I am looking forward to seeing the movie.

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  13. I am glad that you enjoyed it -- I am about 1/2 way through the book now. Will you be joining us for the book discussion on August 30th?

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  14. I read this book a few years ago, when it was first released. I loved it and thought it was very funny and touching. I, too, thought that Julie was a little whiny, but overall I really enjoyed the book and thought that the sections on Julia were brilliant. Great review, and I'm glad you liked it!

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  15. like the movie, and while I loved Meryl Streep as Julia, I found Julie quite annoying in the movie, so I think I will skip the 'real' version of her in the book.

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  16. This book sat on my shelf forever before I read it. I enjoyed it but didn't think it was amazing...And for some reason I have pretty much no desire to see the movie, except that your enthusiasm has me slightly interested.

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  17. I can't wait to see the movie! I loved the book but I wanted so much more of Julia Child and hope the movie delivers.

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  18. I'm reading Julie & Julia right now. I started off enjoying it, but now it's only okay. It hasn't been grabbing my attention, which is why it's still on the nightstand. I do want to see the movie, though.

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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