Sunday, July 02, 2006

Julie & Julia

Julie Powell, working as a secretary for a governemental organization in New York, in the throes of some sort of hormone imbalance and worried she'd never have a baby, wondering what she was doing with her life, decided to embark upon a crazy challenge: cook all the recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cuisine in one year. AND, blog about it. She did it. She made everything in that damn cookbook - brains, kidneys, lobsters, crepes, everything - and wrote about it, and along the way she learned a little something about herself. And cooking.

Oh, yeah. She got a book deal out of it, too.

Julie & Julia is sort of what every blogger wishes would happen - the fan base gets so big that eventually someone of some importance gets wind of it, and the next thing you know, you're the final segment on the CBS Evening News and you get to quit your job and write in your pajamas all day (Julie mentions the pajamas thing once or twice; it's the only reason I hate her). The book is kind of a "behind the scenes" look at the cooking and the blogging. Julie writes about her "bleaders" and how at times they're what kept her going when she flet like hanging up her wire whisk. And that they sent money when she couldn't afford nice cuts of lamb anymore.

I bet I would have liked the actual Julie/Julia Project blog, because I liked the book a whole lot. Cheers to you, Julie Powell, and cheers to my readers, too - thanks for hanging in there when I write about lame stuff.

Julie & Julia - A-

3 comments:

equippedtofascinate said...

Your blog is always interesting and deserves a book deal.
Naivehelga: A+

Meggie Justine said...

I agree with EquippedtoFascinate. You're an A+, Amanda, it's never boring.
You deserve a better book deal, and the Today show, not the stupid CBS Nightly News. Who watches that anyways?
With all of your crazy Inty stories you could make an even better book. Hands down.
<3 MC
PS - CALL ME BAAAACK! (After three pm your time)

mama kay said...

Definitely on my top 3 list of books to read!
Have I ever mentioned how are you are for weeding out the junk for me?
I just can’t do it and sooo appreciate that you can!
And I completely agree w/ Scott & Meggie! Your book deal is just around the corner.