Here’s another light, quick and fun read for foodies – ‘Julie & Julia’ by Julie Powell. It was also turned into a movie starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep.
The Julie is JuliePowell. a nearly 30 year old woman living in NYC with her husband, Eric. Stuck in a rut of temp jobs (she eventually scores a government job that deals with post 9/11 recovery), Powell is angst filled with issues of fertility, not really having a job and living a getting no where fast life in a Queens barely there apartment.
She embarks on a year-long project where she plans on making every recipe in the original Mastering the Art of French Cooking, the classic cookbook by Julia Child. She then chronicles her journey on a blog.
We follow her ups and downs at home, at work and in the kitchen. Most of it is delightful and funny. Then there are parts that make you want to slap her and say, ‘Get over it. Your life isn’t that hard.’ She admits to being overly emotional and has screaming breakdowns with all her real and imagined frustrations.
In between are imagined days in the life of Julia Child taken from the book ‘My Life in France’ written by Child after she achieved fame. I wish there had been a few more.
But all in all, this is a great read. The movie was superficial and didn’t come close to the Ms Powell’s energy and humor.