Julie & Julia
- Written by:
- Read by:
Unabridged CD Audio Book
- Number of CDs:
9 hours 8 minutes
August 01 2009
- Available Date:
August 28 2009
- Age Category:
Non-fiction; American; Celebrity Chefs; French; Memoirs
A Borders Original Voices pick
A TIME Magazine Critic's Choice
"A gem of a book ... both hilarious and touching."
"Restore(s) your faith in eating for pleasure."
Now a major motion picture 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 realises 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.
"With the age of 30 looming, Julie Powell feels she hasn't accomplished anything in life except acquiring a dead-end secretarial job and a great husband. She decides to add meaning to her life by cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child's MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING‚ over the course of a year. As we and Julie learn... a perfect crêpe makes a bad day better and surviving a pancaked soufflé means one can endure anything. The author, who has a pleasant contralto voice, reads with humor and a rhythmic pacing perfectly suited to the book. Her lively reading (and excellent French) bring drama to the scenes and pleasure to the listener."
"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."
"An entertaining romp portraying the joys and frustrations familiar to any ambitious domestic cook."
The Sunday Times