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Julie & Julia
on June 2, 2016
I saw the movie first (usually a very bad idea) so I couldn't help but compare. I really liked both - but for entirely different reasons.
In the movie, I found the author to be a bit of a goody two-shoes. In the book, Julie Powell is a woman after my own heart - a little sarcastic, a little overweight, a little whiney, a little bit prone to bitchiness and temper if things don't go the way she hopes, a bit of a potty mouth. Julie needs a project - something to make up for the fact that she's in a dead end job, in a lousy apartment and in an okay marriage. So she comes up with the idea of cooking her way through Julia Child's 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking' and blogging about it. The book is about that year - honest, entertaining anecdotes about her marriage, her job, her friends, her cooking triumphs and failures.
In the movie, considerable attention was given to the lives of Julia Child and her husband - very little of that was included in the book (but for that you can read 'My Life in France')
Overall, I really liked this book. The idea of creating such an ambitious project - and actually staying with it and completing it - is enormously appealing to me. I would definitely recommend this one.