"How on earth could New York recipe nut Julie Powell top the triumph of her first book, Julie and Julia ....The answer is, of course, that she couldnt. But she has had a jolly good stab at it literally. .... Powell's book is highly readable, but there is something about it that doesnt quite hang together. ... Ultimately, Powell is saved by her beautiful writing, effortlessly filling pages with virtuoso descriptions of animal slaughter and human travail. .... Still. I can't help feeling her eyes might have been slightly bigger than her stomach on this one." - The Sunday Times (UK)
"My God, I would hate to read this book if I was poor old Eric (husband). He comes across as slow and steady, and sometimes cuddly. But what his wife wants is brutal or, at the very least, vigorous sex with her lover, and she keeps on telling us about it...." - The Spectator (UK)
"As long as Powell's story stays within the picturesque micro-community of Fleisher's, all is well. Her narrative is vivid, well structured, intense and moving. It is when she ventures out into the untidy precinct of the rest of her life that things go wrong." - Daily Mail (UK)
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