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No customer reviews. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a product review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. Julia Child is still my go to author when I want to cook something special and out of my usual range which is inspired by her I enjoyed the movie and was hoping for more insights into the cooking so I grabbed this when it was featured on one of my discount lists instead of downloading a sample. I should have read the reviews first.

If you enjoyed the movie DON'T buy this.

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It's NOT about the cooking or the food. It's about her trials and tribulations and they are many indeed. She's a Democrat and that's fine, so am I, but I don't need to know the presumed political affiliation of everyone she dislikes.

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Nor is she the first to be employed in a not so fulfilling position. I can see why Julia Child is said to have been less than impressed with the book. It was as if cooking was a goal, not a pleasure, just git 'er done.. There is none of the overwhelming enthusiasm that she had for cooking.

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  6. While I can appreciate what the writer actually did, it was one of the hardest reads I have had. I say the movie was better because at least the movie character was easier to empathize with. The actress gave a performance that allowed the movie watcher to at least find something relatable and likable about her.

    The longer I read this book, the only thing I kept thinking was "Finish the book because you paid for it. It is one to dislike this or that character in a book, but to find that the writing style, the use of language, the constant denigrating of anything or anyone on a whim and the laissez Faire attitude displayed regarding anyone or any situation she deemed as non traditional was somewhat disgusting. I realized before the mid point of the book, this is a person I would never want to call friend.

    So with that in mind I also realized I will never waste another dime reading anything written by this author.

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    This book had nothing really to do with Julia Child. This is a pitiful read. I pride myself that I finish a book, no matter what, but this one almost made me throw it away.

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    This was a rambling on of a bad tempered, self centered girl, who forced herself to cook through Mtaofc. I'm sure her food at times, tastes good, following Julia's recipes, but as a reader I had to swim through the self indulgence, and whiney chatter of this truelly boring 'blog' person.

    Julia Child was a woman of class and grace, something this girl will never know, no matter what she cooks. I have read thousands of books in my time.

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    I have never read a piece of trash like this. I can see how Julia Child would be embarassed to be even mentioned. Living with her husband, three cats and what one could assume to be a minor drinking and chain-smoking problem, she worked a thankless job and lived a mundane life in a crappy apartment. She lived the life so many people are currently and will continue to live—getting by without doing much of significance. Of course she did not mean to do something of so much significance, but she did strive to do something.

    While being told she had a condition that would make it difficult to impossible to have a child after the age of thirty, and being twenty-nine, she set out on a mission to restore her ambition, change her life and save her soul… by cooking all recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I. That did not necessarily have a negative impact on my overall enjoyment of this book because as I found myself laughing during certain passages and then wondering if that had really happened or not, I realized that if it had, well, that would have been hilarious and if not, then Julie Powell is equipped with a great and witty imagination—And she is.

    She prepared dinner for newspaper columnists she had admired and even missed the last episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer to do it. Her blog garnered a great deal of attention from people whom she called bleeders that cheered her on and also pleaded with her not to make aspic-and-anything ever again. More-so than the art of French cooking, I was more intrigued by Julie Powell the woman. I enjoyed her anecdotes and expletive-filled tangents about her boring and thankless job, her varied and equally satisfying and satisfied friends and of course, a husband in which she portrays to be the textbook definition of perfect.

    While I had seen the trailer for the movie before picking up the book, I was actually quite thrilled to see that the real Julie Powell was not as wholesome as Amy Adams portrays on the silver screen. Anyone who cooks, male or female, will enjoy this book. I wasn't a Julia Child fan years back when she was very popular, but I am now. I enjoyed reading about Julie's very unusual way of challenging herself. This is a case of "Should one read the book first or see the movie first?