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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Julie/a PowellThis weekend was partly spent devouring Julie Powell’s JULIE and JULIA, 365 days , 524 recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living

For food bloggers and their significant others (ahem, yes Sweets, I’m forcing this one on you) I cannot recommend this book enough! It has so many a-hah moments and shared giggles (she refers to her blog-readers as bleaders).

Julie’s musings on her path in life as a 29-30 year old secretary hits true in this reader and fit in perfectly with my birthday musings as I take stock of where I am in life.

This is a fun peak into a what may seem to be a familiar kitchen full of outbursts, breakdowns, and big dreams.

Julie and JuliaA favorite revealed Julia Child tidbit from the book:
One of my favorite Julia Child stories comes from a letter her husband Paul wrote to his brother, Charlie. He tells of sitting in their kitchen in Paris while she boiled cannelloni. She reached into the boiling water- he mentions this astounding feat only in passing, as if it were the most natural thing in the world for his wife to boil herself- and said with a yelp as she pulled out the pasta,
“Wow! These damn things are as hot as a stiff cock.*”

*Excerpted from a letter from Paul Child to his brother, Charles, 1949.


posted October 17th, 2005 at 6:33 am

I saw it for sale at B&N a few weeks back. I have to admit I must have looked like a nut when I saw it. I actually jumped and grinned and wowie zowie! – “Babe look! It’s julie/julia!!!!” My husband thought I was crazy.

  • I felt that way when I went to Powells to look up a book link and found a brief interview with her on the front page. I was also responding with excitment at seeing the picture of Julie. I like to see my action heros!


posted October 17th, 2005 at 5:56 pm

I forgot about this book. Remember wanting to read when I first of it. I recently finished Eating Heaven so not sure if I am in the mood for another food book just yet. Love the cover.

posted October 19th, 2005 at 9:30 am

Hi McAuliflower – I just tagged you for the kitchen meme…if you have time, I’d love to see where you do all this yummy cooking!

posted October 20th, 2005 at 12:14 pm

McAuliflower – I’m dying to read this book now that you’ve so graciously passed it on to me! Thank you!

  • I hope you like it- its not everyday we have a (good!) book out about a blogging foodie!


posted October 21st, 2005 at 7:33 am

Julie made a widely-publicized comment that most food blogs were boring and not worth her time…hellooooooo why would she say that? I don’t really respect her anymore. :(

  • Not knowing the quote…

    Well… Food blogs have had some interesting booms; maybe her comment came at a time when there was a particular lack of quality, or maybe her comment reflects the glut in the food blog market.

    Also, we’re in this food blog thing because we’re all distinct and individual in our tastes. I don’t expect to like all food blogs, as I’m a picky eater!

    For me, I see personal (food) blogs as having two main flavors- those that are expert in a particular subject, and those that deal in the common everyday subjects. Sometimes one’s blog may shift from specialized to everyday and vice versa. Ones that revel in the common everyday findings, or report what they ate everyday, can come across as monotonous. However, these blogs can also learn how to sing when they delve beneath the surface of their blogging act (I think MFK Fisher’s writings fit like that). As a group, we bloggers are often very young in our “for public” writing skills, and fail to find gold in our entries. For me, that’s ok because I’m learning, and my aims in my blog are not to appeal to the widest market possible.

    To critically look at Julie’s comment about most food blogs as boring shows a possible reflection of herself. She’s staring at a world of many flavors and declaring that she only drinks Breakfast Tea, and everything else is boring? Maybe when she has more time on her hands will she discover more blogs that suit her!

    I respect her because she had the nerve to state this opinion, one that could possibly strike through her core audience for her book. That takes balls.


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