Monday, July 27, 2009

ON BOOKS ~ Julie & Julia...

MizB asks you to:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page.
  • Share the title of the book the teaser comes from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!

From JULIE & JULIA by Julie Powell (non-fiction)...

"Chris – the one who wrote the halfway creepy thing about missing me so much when I didn’t post and thinking I was dead – found it mind boggling that before the Julie/Julia Project began, I had never eaten an egg. She asked, ‘How can you have gotten through life without eating a single egg? How is that POSSIBLE???!!!!"


TODAY'S TEASER TUESDAY POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY SANDY @ YOU'VE GOTTA READ THIS! HER REVIEWS ALWAYS INTRODUCE ME TO GREAT BOOKS AND MOTIVATE ME TO READ THOSE I'VE BEEN MEANING TO GET TO.

I found this book on the $4.99 shelf at Borders and almost squealed out loud. I had been trying to request it from my library for ages, and either it was a user problem or they indeed did not carry it. Let me just start out by saying that I just love Julia Child in every way. I've read books about her (I loved "My Life in France") and it will forever boggle my mind that until she moved to France at the age of 37, she didn't even know what a shallot was. And, at the stage in life when some people write off dreams and passions because it is too much trouble, Julia found hers and grabbed it with both hands. AND became the best in the business. Wow. Julia Child rocks.

I had heard about Julie Powell and her project to cook all of Julia's recipes in the "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" cookbook. But when I started reading the book, my first thought was "Huh! This could have been me! Why didn't I think of it? Why can't I have a book and a movie?" Indeed, a handful of years back, my husband complained about the lack of variety in my cooking. At first I got real pissed, then I decided to show him. For about a year, I never cooked the same dish twice (unless he asked nicely for a repeat). And while my goals were not as lofty has hers, I could really empathize with the turmoil that Julie experienced in completing her project...failed sauces, flour everywhere, dismembering bodies of animals that you would eventually eat, cussing, drinking, searching all over town for some elusive ingredient, you name it. This is a reality show on paper, and I had a ball reading it. I loved the vulgar language, the fits she threw, her eccentric friends, and her drive to see her project through to the last recipe. It seemed pretty real to me. At the end of the book, however, upon J.C.'s death, the tone of the books loses it manic humor and becomes reflective on why Julie took on such a wacky project and the impact that Julia Child had on her life. It was a nice way to wrap up the story.

The reviews on this book were extreme. Some loved the book and some thought it was full of narcissism and disrespect to one of the world's greatest chefs. I belong to former contingent. I am glad I was able to read the book before the movie comes out. I have a hangup about seeing the movie first. It usually ruins it for me. But with Amy Adams as Julie and Meryl Streep as Julia, it has promise. (Movie premiers August 7.)

4.5 out of 5 stars

TO SEE MORE OF SANDY'S REVIEWS, CLICK HERE.

4 comments:

stacybuckeye said...

I really need to read this before the movie comes out! Thanks for the great review and fun teaser!

kaye said...

thanks for filling in--great teaser. The movie trailer looks great too. read my teaser here

Margot said...

Sandy, I love your review of this book. I am currently reading the book too and feel the same way about it. I am hurrying as fast as I can because I want to see the movie when it comes out.

avisannschild said...

Great review and great teaser! I think I have to get my hands on this book now. I'm just worried that some of it will gross me out (I'm a vegetarian)...