Julie & Julia
Facing 30 with a biological clock ticking loudly in her ears, and feeling a void in her life, New York secretary Julie Powell undertakes a project, hoping to fill the void and quiet the biological clock. In her cramped, dim, Long Island apartment, she is determined to cook every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking within a year, and to blog about the experience.
How could this not be a fun read? I most especially enjoyed the asides and tidbits about Julia Child - and, of course, drooling over the food. :-) (Although, I admit reading about some of the food, the organs, for instance, did gross me out.)
While I appreciated the author's honesty, I was a bit put off by what seemed to me, at times, a lack of maturity. I lost count of how many tantrums she threw, for instance. (She being Julie Powell, of course, not Julia Child.) Still, that's only an impression I got, and I can't imagine that I'd have the patience to throw out a spoiled attempt at a recipe, and start all over again and again.
The author definitely writes with a lot of wit and humor which I really enjoyed.
I own the movie, and enjoy it very much, but, of course, IMO, one must read the book! I got so much more from it.
I dare you to think of Julia Child and not smile. See? Fan or not, (and I'm not a super-fan), it is impossible!