Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously

I read about the story when it is actually happening and thought to myself, "damn, I should have done that".  So, when I saw the book sitting there in paperback, I couldn’t help but pick it up. 

Julie is an Austin, Texas girl.  She has never had much of a palette.  She orders in, with her husband, jalapeno/bacon pizza from Dominos.  That sort of sums it up for me.  She is floundering.  She is about to turn 30.  She is basically a temp/secretary pretending to become an actress in NYC but rarely going to auditions.  In order to pay off some debt she has sold her eggs to couples doing in-vitro through an agency, of course.  She laments to her husband, High School sweetheart, also a Texan, about what she should do with her life.  He recommends blogging.  Gotta love that.

So Julie starts a blog and her content is going to be about her cooking every recipe from Julia Child’s cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Booking, Vol. 1.  She is a hilarious writer.  My guess is that she writes as she speaks.  Her friends are quite the crew.  She is completely disorganized and truly has not spent that much time in the kitchen.  Dinners start after work and sometimes they can’t sit down until 11pm at night to eat them because it takes her so long to organize her self.  Cleaning is not high on her list either.

I laughed through the entire book.  I give her tremendous credit for undertaking an entire book of recipes from the beloved Julia Child who didn’t start cooking until she was 36. 

If you are a foodie, Julie and Julia, is worth the read.  Sometimes frustrating but downright hilarious.  Julie is now sitting at home trying to crank out another book.  It will be interesting to see what she comes up with.  She is one of the handful of people who have found careers that they didn’t realize were calling out for them through the world of the Internet and blogging.  As a blogger, I gotta love that.