#AtoZChallenge J – Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge  is for bloggers who wish to participate by publishing a blog post every day in April except for Sundays. Each blog post will focus on a letter of the alphabet. For example April 1 will be A, April 2 will be B and on it goes. By the end of April, a blog post for every letter of the alphabet will have been posted.


365 days – 524 recipes – One tiny apartment kitchen

Julie was almost thirty and living a dull and boring life, trapped in a dull secretarial job when she decided to throw everything into cooking to bring some excitement to her life.

Over the period of one year she would cook every single recipe in the blockbuster and legendary Mastering The Art of French Cooking by Julia Child.

Julie doesn’t expect to have any difficulties. But of course she didn’t consider that some of the ingredients would be unusual and difficult to get, not to mention difficult to eat. Very often, meals would be ready until midnight or later due to tracking down ingredients, long cooking times, and difficulties with cooking methods.

Julie deals with all of the challenges she faces with humour and manages to transform her life before she realises it is happening.

My Thoughts

Written very much with a similar type of humour to Bridget Jones in Bridget Jones’ Diary. I loved following Julie as she dived into recipes that I couldn’t imagine cooking, much less eating.  I read this book when it was released and have recently re-read it. It didn’t lose anything at all in the second reading, or the intervening years. I enjoyed it very much and laughed very loud in places. I did think her husband must have been a saint during this disruptive period of their lives.

My Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

About The Author

Julie Powell

  Julie Powell was born and raised in Austin, Texas, where she first fell in love with cooking — and her husband, Eric. Her writing has appeared in Bon Appétit, The New York Times, House Beautiful, and Archaeology Magazine, among others. She lives in Long Island City, Queens.

My Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Published in 2005 by Back Bay Books – Little, Brown and Company
Paperback 307 pages

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3 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge J – Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

  1. I haven’t read this book, but I saw the movie. I liked the story. She persisted in making every recipe in Julia’s book, somewhat like us and this A to Z Challenge.

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  2. I brought that book on CD on a road trip but didn’t have a chance to listen to it, although I did watch the movie recently. I marvel at how much time and money she must’ve had to make these recipes, sometimes multiple times when they failed! It is a great analogy for writing, all that time spent on a first draft that turns to a total flop. Excellent work!

    Operation Awesome. Our A to Z 2019 theme is the writing journey.

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