Book Review: Julie & Julia


Julie & Julia:
My Year of Cooking Dangerously

Julie Powell

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.

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6 Responses to Book Review: Julie & Julia

  1. Renee @ Great Peace February 20, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    I gave up modern day literature a long time ago… I’m so out of the loop ;) I do ocassionally read Historical “Christian” Fiction or other “Faith” based fiction. But since homeschooling… who has time to read for pleasure? Esp. since I started blogging, so I am quite impressed that you have time to even get a book let alone read one. haha

    • Laura February 20, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

      It’s one of my crazy goals this year to read more for pleasure. Of course I love reading the classics to the girls, but I miss just reading for the sake of reading. I set a goal for 20 books for this year, and have already read 7. I read at night after I’ve finished my daily Bible reading. Sometimes it means I’m up too late… but since I refuse to get up at the crack of dawn anyway, I’m okay with that. :)

  2. Tracey Mauney February 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    That is why I go to your oldest daughter for suggestions on books. Isn’t that pathetic? I like forensic science mysteries and can handle blood and guts but I really don’t like bad language either and I don’t like to read about gay relationships – can be left out! I have read two books on the Oprah book club and now I avoid all of those like the plague… I don’t need to read about molestation of children or about women who get beat by husbands, run away and then “get found” and have their children stolen from them. Maybe I just tend to bury my head in the sand…

    I am reading The Secret GArden right now because I got in the mood again after watching the “Reading Rap!”

    • Laura February 20, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

      I LOVE the Secret Garden. It’s one of my favorites! Last year I read all the Jane Austen novels over again & loved them!

    • Mallory February 22, 2013 at 11:53 am #

      By the way Mrs. Tracy… how is the Alchemist coming?


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