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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:
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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

  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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About the Author
Author Julie Powell

Julie Powell was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She is the author of Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, which was made into the Golden Globe–winning movie Julie & Julia starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Powell has made appearances on national television shows, including Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Martha Stewart Show, and Iron Chef America. Her writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Bon Appétit, Food and Wine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and others. She is a two-time James Beard Award winner, has been awarded an honorary degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.