Thursday, May 7, 2015
Book Review: Julie and Julia
Author: Julie Powell
Genre: Memoir? I don't know what books about experiments are called.
Premise: A woman cooks her way through Julia Child's The Art of Mastering French Cooking for a year and blogs about the experience.
My Review: Okay, I recently rewatched the movie that was based on this book and I decided to read the two books Julie and Julia was based on. This is the first one. The other is My Life in France by Julia Child, which shall be reviewed later.
First, if you found Julie in the movie annoying, I'm sorry to say that was the sugar coated version of her. She's much more worse in this book, but personally, I found her ten times more realistic. She's very self-aware and even when she's whiny she's being self-aware. I'm probably in the minority where I actually like book Julie more then movie Julie which had everything work out for her in the end in a neat little bow, whereas in the book, she had no clue what was going to happen next and that was awesome.
Story wise...this book is basically the movie. How much you like it will probably depend on if you liked the movie or like books about cooking in general. Some of Powell's descriptions of the food are what make this book for me mostly. Seriously, she should be a food writer. Is that a thing? If it's a thing, she should do it.
WHO SHOULD READ: fans of the Julie and Julia movie, cooks/chefs, you like memoirs about experiences
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five eggs