Julie and Julia

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Book & Author

Julie and Julia:  One tiny apartment kitchen.  One frazzled New Yorker.  524 recipes from the master chef, Julia Child.  365 days.

The result: First a blog, then this book, and later a movie, described as a hysterical, inconceivable redemptive journey – life rediscovered through aspics, calves’ brains and crème brûlée.

But don’t take our word for it, watch the VidLit below which contains a 3 minute narrated excerpt from the book:

From: http://www.vidlit.com/video/julie-and-julia/

The Author:  After a misspent youth involving loads of dead-end jobs and

photo of julie powell

Photo from The Gothamist

several questionable decisions, Julie Powell, author of Julie & Julia–has found her calling as a writer-cum-butcher. She lives in Long Island City, Queens, when she isn’t in Kingston, NY, cutting up animals.   Her second book, Cleaving, is about her journey into a new obsession: butchery.
“Butchery is my new favorite thing to do, and, while tiring, a fantastic way to unwind and get out of my head for awhile. My head can be an annoying place to be.”–Julie Powell in an interview with Barnes and noble

Quote from the book:

“If there’s a sexier sound on this planet than the person you’re in love with cooing over the crepes you made for him, I don’t know what it is.” –Julie Powell in Julie and Julia

Discuss

Topics for discussion that the book will bring up include:

  • The relationships we have with celebrities like Julia Child–why is it that certain people are able to inspire us?
  • Cooking!  Did the book inspire you to spend more time in the kitchen?  Would you be willing to tackle a Julia Child recipe?  Is taking the time to cook “properly” worth it?
  • Writing–especially blogging.  Is there value in putting our words and lives out there for other people to read?
More discussion questions can be found at http://www.readinggroupguides.com/guides3/julie_julia1.asp

Enhance

Be sure to have a copy of Julie Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cookingon hand so the group members can see just what a challenge it was for Julie to cook all of the 524 recipes.  Your group may even want to tackle one of the recipes at your meeting–each group member could bring an ingredient and you could cook, eat, and discuss all at the same time.  Even if you don’t cook, having each member obtain and bring an ingredient could help them relate to Julie’s experiences.

From the Smithsonian website

Your group might want to watch the Julie and Julia movie, but you might want to also checkout some Julie Child DVD’s to see the master chef in action.  There is a website for the Smithsonian exhibit of Julia Child’s kitchen that is fun to look at.  And if you can’t get enough, there are also books about Julia Child that you could check out.

Interact

Have you ever tried to cook a Julia Child recipe?  How did your experiences compare with Julie’s?  Share in the comments below!