Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

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Author: Powell, Julie

Title: 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 (1st. ed.)

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Julie and Julia: my year of cooking dangerously (pbk.)

Genre: Non-Fiction, Best Seller

Publication Date: 2005

Number of Pages: 309

Geographical Setting: New York City

Time Period: 2002-2003, shortly after 9/11

Series (If applicable): none

Plot Summary: Feeling the need for some kind of purpose or guidance in the wake of September 11th (and while working unhappily for a closely-related government agency), the author stumbles upon her mother’s old copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking by PBS-staple Julia Child. Her husband introduces her to the blossoming world of blogs and she decides to chronicle her journey of cooking every recipe in the book over the course of a year. Soon she has dedicated blog followers, frustrating shopping lists, an exasperated mother, a mostly-patient husband, maggots in the kitchen and media attention.

Subject Headings: cooking, self-discovery, writing, food writing, blogs, New York City, Julia Child, French cooking, memoir, marriage, anecdotes

Appeal: easy, candid, humorous, sarcastic, flawed, quirky, domestic, episodic, strong language, contemporary, urban, accessible, candid, chatty, profanity, witty

3 terms that best describe this book: searching, food, humor

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):
3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Dirty Sugar Cookies: Culinary Observations, Questionable Taste by Ayun Halliday.
Fans of the quirky humor Julie Powell bestowed on her food writing may really enjoy this tome, by a fellow New Yorker.

The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food, by Judith Jones.
The editor that brought Julia Child to the world also had a fascinating career herself, full of food, books and adventure. Readers who found Powell’s meal descriptions tantalizing may eat up this book.

As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto, edited by Joan Reardon.
Many readers now picking up Julie and Julia have already seen the movie and may be disappointed by the book’s significant lack of “Julia time,” as compared to the film. This collection of letters flushes out the real-life friendship between Julia and Avis in a way Powell’s book can not.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

The Book of Other People, edited by Zadie Smith.
Fans of intelligent humor often cite McSweeney’s and The Believer as must-reads. Here, many of those writers are brought together for short character studies, just as delectable as Powell’s descriptions of her friends and co-workers.

Citizen Girl, by Emma McLaughlin
For those readers who can sympathize with Julie Powell’s frustrating work experiences and the desire to go further than the corporate world seems to allow. McLaughlin also wrote the popular Nanny Diaries books, prized for their humor and relatable heroine.

Secrets to Happiness, by Sarah Dunn
Marital discord can be funny and those who enjoyed peeking into Powell’s homelife alongside her foodlife may enjoy this story of a newly-divorced New Yorker playing therapist to her friends.

Name: Genevieve Grove

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