Julie and Julia Book Review

Although, I’ve read many different genres, I’ll be the first to admit that I tend to shy away from memoirs.  I have found a few that I enjoy, but I’ve read an equal amount, if not more, that I didn’t really care for much at all.  Ironically, some of those least favorites were touted by critics as “one of the best memoirs ever”.  Or some similar hype.

It wasn’t until I saw the previews for the movie Julie and Julia, that I knew I had to read the book.  Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell will go down as one of my favorite memoirs and I’d definitely recommend it for those looking for some funny, light-hearted reading.  Although, her writing style carries a somewhat more sophisticated tone than my recent picks (and I willingly admit to finally giving up and “skipping over” the French food words), I still thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I’ll admit I was never really even a fan of the late Julia Child, either (may she rest in peace).  But I didn’t have to be to enjoy this book.

It’s a book for those of us who enjoy cooking, or wish they did.  Anyone who’s laughed at their own culinary disasters or managed to make a 7-course dinner party look effortless.  For those who have ever been stuck in a dead end job and dreamt there could be something more to life…or for those who are still stuck and still dreaming.

Definitely a must read.  3.5 stars


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One response to “Julie and Julia Book Review

  1. christinerice

    As a side note, I saw the movie last night. It was a really good movie. Not a “let down” compared to the book, as some movies are. Really enjoyable.

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