When Julie Powell started her blog in 2002 to record her planned yearlong odyssey to cook every recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking
I doubt she ever thought, even in her wildest dreams, that her musings would cause her to become an internet celebrity, but that is what happened - as the months went by and she moved from creating a simple but sublime vichyssoise (leak and potato soup) to the increasingly intricate recipes her audience grew and grew, attracted by her easy to read style which (as the book blurb puts it) has the humor of Bridget Jones and the vitality of Augusten Burroughs.
If you're a keen home cook or a fan of memoirs real or fictionalized such as Bridget Jones
, this is one for you; and with the holiday season coming up dangerously soon, you might also want to keep a note of Julie & Julia
as a potential gift item for a...
Beyond the Book
says... 'My answer to "what's
your favorite read" changes
every time I'm asked it, but I
can say that as far as cookbook
authors, Paul Prudhomme*, Andries
de Groot and, yes, Nigella
Lawson are folks I enormously
admire. Elizabeth Gilbert is a
fantastic writer as well as a
great person, and I look forward
to her next book with bated
breath. I am in awe of Alice
Munro. As a kid I was a bit of a
sci-fi and fantasy geek, and
read Douglas Adams'
trilogy on a
bi-yearly basis, and was a big
fan of Pyrdain...