Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Julie and Julia

I've been reading a lot lately, and honestly, I'm behind on my book reviews, so you might just see two reviews this week. Last week, I finished reading "Julie and Julia" by Julia Powell, which I picked up on a whim during a random trip to Barnes & Noble. I'd seen the book at the library before, so I knew a little bit about the story. Here's a quickie synopsis, in case you're not too familiar:

Julie Powell, nearing thirty and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, resolves to reclaim her life by cooking in the span of a single year, every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child's legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her unexpected reward: not just a newfound respect for calves' livers and aspic, but a new life-lived with gusto.

Well, I must say, I can relate to Julie in a lot of ways, and I enjoyed experiencing French cooking through her vicariously. Her writing style was awfully funny at times, but I found myself often enjoying her personal stories as opposed to her cooking stories. Not that her cooking stories were bad, they just weren't as entertaining (sometimes) as I'd hoped they'd be. It was still a very enjoyable read, though, and I'd recommend it to anyone who has a twisted sense of humor and enjoys cooking. I also think that the movie adaptation looks pretty good. I adore everything I've seen Amy Adams in, so it can't be too bad.

I must admit, though, that the next book that I read (and just finished last night) was a bit better. I'll tell you more about that on Friday, though. :) So tell me, what are you reading? I love book recommendations!


That's Who I Am said...

Stopping by to say hi from SITS. I Think that movie looks really funny:) I am reading the Twilight series right now and believe it or not I am not as addicted as EVERYONE else to the books! I like them, but they are not my absolute favorites:) I love, love the Janet Evanovich series books and the James Patterson Women's Murder club books!

Anonymous said...

J&J is definately on my top to-watch list :) Right now I'm in the middle of reading Real Simple magazine, does that count? ;)

ModernMom said...

LOL Just read High Heels are Murder. Total beach read:)
Love book reviews, and this book is one I have never heard of! Will look forward to the next one!

kyooty said...

I saw that on the shelf at Chapters up here on Friday and wondered what it was about, it was actually right nice to HP.

Lizzie said...

just started "The Shack" my mom recommended it to me. kind of dark and intense so far, but good. :)

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