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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (63,682 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Powell Narrator: Julie Powell Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9781594832512
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The bestselling memoir that’s “irresistible…A kind of Bridget Jones meets The French Chef” (Philadelphia Inquirer) is now a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, directed by Nora Ephron.

Julie Powell, nearing thirty and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, resolves to reclaim her life by cooking, in the span of a single year, every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It is a hysterical, inconceivable journey, and her unexpected reward is not just a newfound respect for calves’ livers and aspic but a new life—lived with gusto.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "A feast, a voyage, and a marvel."Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
  • "A really good book."Washington Post Book World
  • "Laugh-out-loud funny."Boston Globe
  • "A feast, a voyage, and a marvel."Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
  • "A really good book."Washington Post Book World
  • "Laugh-out-loud funny."Boston Globe
  • “A feast, a voyage, and a marvel.”

    Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love

  • “Powell writes like a culinary Chris Rock—profane, honest, and very funny.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Her writing is feisty and unrestrained, especially as she details killing lobsters, tackling marrowbones and cooking late into the night…her voice is endearing enough that readers will quickly forgive such lapses. Both home cooks and devotees of Bridget Jones–style dishing will be caught up in Powell’s funny, sharp-tongued but generous writing.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Indulge in this memoir of marrow and butter, knowing there is always a bitter green to balance the taste.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaesun | 2/16/2014

    " I love cooking and after seeing the movie I had to read the book. I should have read the book before seeing the movie though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katharine Holden | 2/13/2014

    " Surprised by how much I disliked this book. Constant F words. Author is whiny, arrogant, self-aggrandizing. I kept waiting for her to grow up a little, but it never happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C | 2/3/2014

    " This book's negative reviews made me reluctant to read it. But I decided I love food, liked the movie, and I'm not a sheep, so what the heck. The author's strong voice shines through. I feel like I know Julie Powell now. I don't think I'd necessarily be friends with her (maggots on your kitchen counter? Seriously?!) but I do appreciate her candid approach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni | 1/27/2014

    " This is a different book than anything I had read before, but I enjoyed it. With my 38th birthday looming and still not having a clue as to how to cook, I've been a bit curious about JC (Julia Child, not Jesus Christ) learning to cook at 37. I won't learn how to cook by 38, but after reading this book I realize that I am really okay with that, which I think is one of the lessons of the book. I would recommend it to others and, although I am not a movie person, am interesting in seeing the movie now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 1/21/2014

    " The book is well-written, but juxtaposes descriptions of the meals the author cooks with anecdotes about semen, sewage, and vaginal fluids, which made me gag. Also she describes the clumps of cat hair in her kitchen as she is cooking--don't read this book while eating! Also, when the author's husband does tiny annoying things, she dreams of "dashing his head against a pointed rock" which is a fantasy I'd save for wife beaters, not guys who encourage their wives to never give up on their dreams (which was what he was doing when she fantasized about braining him with a pointy rock). That said, I do think that the author has amazing writing talent--I would've loved the book for the good writing alone, but so much unsavory content spoiled it for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Athani | 1/10/2014

    " The most boring book I have ever read omfg. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hali | 1/7/2014

    " This was an interesting book. I enjoyed the movie & I also enjoyed listening to this book on tape. It was quite entertaining having the author read it. I don't know if I would have liked it so much if I would have just read it instead of listened to it. It did help the miles of driving go by just a bit faster! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Tiana | 12/29/2013

    " The brain the the powder room sink is a scene I will take with me forever. This book was great fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/24/2013

    " Guess this would really be about 3.5 stars. An entertaining read, but I would have preferred less Julie and more Julia -- less angst and more pragmatism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maddie | 12/17/2013

    " Really good book! So much better than the movie "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Estelle | 12/5/2013

    " Who doesn't love Julia Child? After all, I learned how to cook beef bourguignon from her recipe. I love the concept of this book, as well as the spirit of learning and hailing to the idol. But why bother leaning from a learner than learning from Julia Child herself? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 11/17/2013

    " Still mulling my thoughts on it, but I mostly liked i t. Deeper thoughts will probably follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora | 9/24/2013

    " Weirdly good, although I didn't really connect with the final point Powell made. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Connor | 7/26/2013

    " Mid-late twenties? Not sure what the heck you're doing with your life? Have a reputation for being witty? It definitely rang a bell. I've got to find a project. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 6/3/2013

    " I saw the movie first and enjoyed it very much. I expected more from the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 2/11/2013

    " Saw the movie first and couldn't wait to read the book. More than disappointed. I do not understand why any writer needs to use vulgarity other than a lack of vocabulary. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pamela | 4/18/2012

    " i STARTED to read, this is the only book in my entire life i couldn't finish, worst written book ever. the movie wasn't so bad but not worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Johnny Kennedy | 2/10/2012

    " These people need to get a life. So do I for reading and finishing stuff like this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bree | 1/29/2012

    " The concept of this book had great promise, but in the end I simply hated Julie and everything about her life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Krista | 9/29/2011

    " I listened to this on Audio and was not impressed. I am unsure if it was the excessive you of bad language or just that it was less interesting to listen to that it would have been to actually read. Needless to say I am not inclined to get the book and actually read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mmburrows | 7/17/2011

    " Michelle's pick "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 6/21/2011

    " Cooking & entertainment "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 5/23/2011

    " It was a fun read. Not one of those stories that I see myself reading again though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 5/20/2011

    " A fun read, but the main character is not a very nice person, so I had a hard time with that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 5/17/2011

    " I do not cook and I really enjoyed this book.

    The movie is a combination of this book and another book by Julia Child, called My life in Paris?

    The movie is enchanting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrine | 5/14/2011

    " I did like this book, and I would recommend it. However, it has been a while since I read the book so I can't remember enough to put a good review together! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Darling | 5/4/2011

    " Julia was a goddess among women. Julie...not so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 5/3/2011

    " I am happy I read the book, because, quite frankly, I liked Julie much more in the book than I did in the movie. She is a talented writer and has a fabulous personality. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 5/1/2011

    " not nearly as good as the movie - the book is extremely pretentious. Couldn't finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 4/29/2011

    " laugh-out-loud funny. and i don't say that about many books. really loving it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dara | 4/24/2011

    " Really disliked this book. Julie did nothing but whine the entire time. "

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About the Author
Author Julie PowellAfter a misspent youth involving loads of dead-end jobs and several questionable decisions, Julie Powell, author of Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, 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.