Julie & Julia:
My Year of Cooking Dangerously
First off I must say — what in the world is with all the foul language in modern-day literature?!?! This is really starting to get frustrating to me. I typically don’t read many novels written say, any time after my childhood. For the most part, I’ve stayed away from the “New Release” section of the bookstore. If I do finally read a popular series, a la Harry Potter or Hunger Games, I usually wait to do so until the entire series is out and I’ve pondered them for a while. So, I’m not sure if this is a trend or if I’ve just had the ill luck of being drawn to books where the author chooses not to filter the profanity. I just don’t think it’s classy. In this book, the author is a self-professed potty-mouth and holds nothing back. So, needless to say, no 5-star rating from me. Some people out there may think me petty for this, but you know what? It’s my rating, and like it or not the cursing affects how I enjoy the book.
All that aside, I really enjoyed this book despite the potty mouth. What’s not to love? It’s about a blogger, who takes on a Project, and gives an honest review of her successes and failures – baring it all…. All things I love (blogging, projects, and honesty). And while I don’t think I’ll be cooking my way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, I really enjoyed reading about someone else doing it. I could totally see myself tackling a similar project someday — only it would have to be a different cuisine, as I cannot stomach the thought of ever cooking with liver or brains, or deboning a duck. Maybe that’s why I liked the book so well — because I could relate.
The book was sprinkled with flashbacks to Julia Child’s life, but I really didn’t feel like that subplot actually went anywhere. It contained a little insight into her life, but didn’t really move the story along or tell a complete story. I would have liked to see that developed a little better.
Overall, I would give the book 3.5 of 5 stars. But since Goodreads only allows whole-number ratings, I gave it a 4.