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Julie & Julia

By: Julia Powell
Narrated by: Julie Powell
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Simultaneous release with screening of feature film, starring Meryl Streep.

Trapped in a boring job and living in a tiny apartment in New York, Julie Powell regularly finds herself weeping on the way home from work. Then one night, through her mascara-smudged eyes, Julie notices that the few items she's grabbed from the Korean grocery store are the very ingredients for Potage Parmentier, as described in Julia Childs' legendary cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. And The Project is born.

Julie begins to cook - every one of the 524 recipes in the book, in the space of just one year. This is Julie's story, as gradually, from oeufs en cocotte to bifstek sauté au beurre, from 'Bitch Rice' to preparing live lobsters, she realizes that this deranged Project is changing her life. The richness of the thousands of sauces she slaves over is beginning to spread into her life, and she begins to find the joie de vivre that has been missing for too many years.

©2009 Julie Powell (P)2009 Bolinda

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"What lies at the heart is the power of food to transform the everyday act of eating into a complex and potentially life-changing experience." ( Guardian Review)
A gem of a book... both hilarious and touching." - Glamour."Restore(s) your faith in eating for pleasure." ( Vogue)
An entertaining romp portraying the joys and frustrations familiar to any ambitious domestic cook." ( Sunday Times)

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Book Good, Narrater not so much

I think I would have enjoyed the book much more if I actually read it. Julie Powell is a wonderful author but she should not have narrated the book. It was very difficult to Distinguish between the characters and at times she even sounded bored and slightly irritated. I stopped for I could not listen to her voice any longer.
The movie does it no justice, the best thing about the movie is Meryll Streep.
But good book overall.

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