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Julie & Julia
Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously | Julie Powell
Julie Powell's Julie & Julia is the story of the culinary blogging sensation that inspired the hit film.Living in a tiny apartment in New York and trapped in a job she hates, Julie Powell sees life passing her by. Then one night, she notices that the few items she's grabbed from the Korean grocery store are the few items she's grabbed for Potage Parmentier, as described in Julia Child's legendary cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. And The Project is born.Julie begins to cool - every one of the 524 recipes in the book, in the space of just one year. Soon The Project is all she can think about. While the richness of the food she slaves over spreads into the rest of her life. . . 'Sassy, quirky and disarmingly honest . . . Powell draws high-calorie comedy from her exploits' Marie Claire'A gem of a book . . . both hilarious and touching' GlamourJulie Powell started to entertain readers on her infamous blog, on which she pledged to cook all the recipes from Julia Child's iconic cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The blog achieved a dedicated following and, as a result of this, it evolved into Julie & Julia - a novel which connects Julie's blog to a reworking of Julia Child's biography. Julie & Julia was adapted for film by Nora Ephron in 2009 and starred Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Cleaving, the sequel to Julie & Julia, is also available from Penguin.
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Foragingfantasy
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Pickpick

I loved the hell out of this book. It captures everything I feel about food and cooking. Food can be such a sexy thing. Preparing it. Cooking it. Eating it. When it‘s good; It‘s a religious experience. I liked the language and the rawness. It‘s a winner for me.

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cj82487
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I finally watched this movie... I know I'm late to the game... but omg I loved it. Now, I must get my hands on the book because the book is always better!

cjk I ❤️ this movie! I listened to Julie and Julia and I‘m making my way through My Life in France. P.s. I hear Meryl Streep‘s voice in my head when I‘m reading 😂 4mo
cj82487 @cjk I loved it too! Meryl was so dramatic but I ate it up this morning watching it. I think I'm going to download the ebook tonight bc it was just such a treat to watch 4mo
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cjk
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Loric
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Pickpick

It takes skill and craft to be able to write the intimate details of your life for others to read (especially when it‘s an average kind of life you live) while managing to find an overarching message that others can grow and learn from, but Julie Powell did. Cooking her way through Julia Child‘s Mastering the Art of French Cooking (524 recipes in 365 days) and blogging it, she shares a journey peppered with profanity, humor and self-deprecation.

cathysaid I‘m not a huge movie buff and RARELY go to the theatre, but this is a movie I truly enjoyed. 5mo
LapReader I loved the movie too @cathysaid 5mo
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LauraBeth
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Ten years later - this movie really holds up and is delightful. Also ten years later, I now have a cat that looks like Julie‘s cat.

SitsWithaBook I loved the movie. I'm so glad I watched it before I tried to read the book as I found it tough going. It's my go-to reference for the rare example of the movie being better than the book! 10mo
AmyG This is a comfort movie for me. ❤️ 10mo
LauraBeth @SitsWithaBook agree! This is that rare example of the movie being much better than the book! 10mo
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Ajessgirl One of my favorites! I always stop to watch if it‘s on. 10mo
plemmdog I loved the Meryl Streep parts. I cringed at the Amy Adams scenes (and I‘m a huge Amy Adams fan) 10mo
LauraBeth @AmyG Before today, it has been years since I‘ve watched it and I don‘t know why because this is THE perfect comfort movie! 10mo
LauraBeth @Ajessgirl I need to watch this movie more! 😀 10mo
LauraBeth @plemmdog Amy Adams just doesn‘t do it for me - I kept thinking of all the other actresses I would have preferred in that role. 😂 10mo
Carolyn11215 Loved the book and the movie! 10mo
AmyG @plemmdog I really watch it for the Meryl Streep Julia. 10mo
ReadingEnvy They really made Julie so much nicer / palatable in the movie version. I read her original blog when it was still around. 10mo
LauraBeth Agree @ReadingEnvy! I read her original blog too when she started it and while that was quite a few years ago, I thought she came across as narcissistic and not very respectful of Child (this is based on my poor memory though 😹). I eventually quit reading it before her year was over. 10mo
ReadingEnvy @LauraBeth yeah she is like the quintessential millennial of selfishness and bad reputation 10mo
mrp27 I enjoyed both book and movie, movie is one of my comfort watches. I read her second book, Cleaving and although the topic of butchering was interesting the book was awful and she was equally awful. 10mo
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SauerPatch
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Pickpick

I loved this so much! Such a fun little read, and I was pleased to realize that there‘s (some) actual depth to Julie‘s story beyond a comical narration of her kitchen mishaps during her self-imposed cooking challenge.

Oh and, the movie is adorable as well. 🤓

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StephanieMarie
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Pickpick

#24in48 #hour36challenge This memoir is one of my favourite #foodrelated books 🧀🍖🥐

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Karionie
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Pickpick

I missed this one when it was new. I missed it when it was adapted for film — with Meryl Streep, no less. Then I put up that Julia Child quote while I was cooking dinner one night and a friend of mine said “Say, did you ever happen to read/see Julie and Julia...”. I‘m glad she did, because I had a lot of fun with this. It‘s funny and irreverent and disgusting and relatable. Hooray random book recs!

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olivia.ferz
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Why have I been living under a rock?!! I didn't even know this movie existed. Just watched it on Netflix and I found it so heart warming and didn't want it to end.😖
Also I Googled online and found that it was actually a book first...WHAT!
NEED TO FIND THIS BOOK!!!

AmyG This is a comfort movie for me. ❤️ 11mo
Julsmarshall I love the movie and the book! 11mo
Naj I love this movie. A great pick-me-up! I couldn't finish the book though. 11mo
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Tera0707 Same as @AmyG, this is a comfort movie for me. I‘ll sometimes put it on as background noise. I haven‘t read the book, however. 11mo
olivia.ferz @AmyG @Tera0707 I'm sure this would be my comfort movie too. ❤😊 11mo
olivia.ferz @Julsmarshall Me too!! Looking forward to reading the book too.😊 11mo
olivia.ferz @Naj 😊 I loved the movie too so I'll be reading the book with high expectations. I hope it won't disappoint. 11mo
Naj @olivia.ferz Hope you have a better experience than I did 🤗 11mo
Crazeedi I loved this movie!! 11mo
LauraBeth My boss introduced me to Julie‘s blog in 2002 and it was the first time I‘d ever even heard the word “blog”. 😀 11mo
Sharpeipup I preferred the book & so I hope you find it soon! 11mo
olivia.ferz @Crazeedi Me too!! 🙌 11mo
olivia.ferz @LauraBeth 😂😂 I want to read the blog too! 11mo
suzisteffen I liked the book better, but great actors in this movie, and Meryl Streep was fantastic. 11mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy The movie was fantastic! 11mo
Pricel101 @Crazeedi @naj @amyg love how Meryl/Julia would say “BON APPETIT!” Such joy! 👩‍🍳📚 11mo
Naj @Pricel101 Yes! Meryl Streep did such a great job as Julia. It was just like watching one of Julia's old videos. I remember binge watching all of them when I first saw the movie. 11mo
Crazeedi @Pricel101 I love that! 10mo
bookaholic1 I didn't know either. Watched it last week and loved it 10mo
Maggie_Reads One of my favorite movies. Julia Child‘s autobiography My Life In France is a great read and is more detailed about that time in her life. 10mo
olivia.ferz @suzisteffen I loved her too and also Amy Adams. 10mo
olivia.ferz @Pricel101 After watching the movie, I kept saying it too quite randomly... my mom must've thought I was crazy! 😂 But I adored the way she said it and couldn't help imitating her. 10mo
olivia.ferz @Maggie_Reads Adding that to my TBR! Thanks! 😁 10mo
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booksbrewsandbooze
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Carolhreads
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this book because I found myself relating to the main character who is almost 30 and wasn't sure what she was doing with her life decided to give cooking a try and loves food. Full review is on my goodreads :)

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Carolhreads
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Starting:)

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Naj

"I have never looked to religion for comfort—belief is just not in my genes. But reading Mastering the Art of French Cooking—childishly simple and dauntingly complex, incantatory and comforting—I thought this was what prayer must feel like."

Only on the first chapter and I am already feeling this will be terrible. This is just one example of the ridiculous writing, so far. Also, mental illness slurs have already been covered. So, great start!

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kgriffith
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Panpan

This book has EVERYTHING: Slurs against mental illness, disparaging terms for folks with disabilities, fatphobia... hard pass, thanks. Just... wow.

saresmoore Oh, geez. I think I watched the movie once when I was pregnant? Won‘t be reading the book, though, that‘s for dang sure! 1y
kgriffith @saresmoore at the mention of PCOS meaning that she would get hairy and fat, I was like, okay, I can see how that would seem important and threatening and you just received a diagnosis, I‘ll chalk it up to feeling crummy. But just a few minutes in, she‘s describing a person, and the author narrates and I can HEAR the contempt in her voice... just gross. (edited) 1y
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Pamwurtzler
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📚 Julie and Julia
🙍🏼‍♀️ Julie Mulhern
📺 The Jetson‘s!!
🍇 Jelly - why is the food always the hardest question?
#manicmonday #letterj

JoScho J food was really hard! 1y
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UnabridgedPod
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Pickpick

This #memoir was a great listen—I‘d seen the movie and enjoyed it (I have to admit that I *much* preferred the Julia part of the narrative, so the book—focused on Julie—was a nice surprise).

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StephanieGeiser
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Pickpick

A cute movie and a cute book! It makes me want to take up a similar challenge, though I never have.

GlassAsDiamonds I read this one years ago & loved it... still toy with buying the Child cookbooks every once and a while 😊 2y
StephanieGeiser @GlassAsDiamonds I have the same thoughts!!! (I still own no Julia Child cookbooks, though... 😳) 2y
GlassAsDiamonds @StephanieGeiser shhh...: me either!!! 🤦🏻‍♀️😂 2y
rather_be_reading tht movie was cute! 2y
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Wife
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🍒1) Tagged Book (also a good movie!)
🍒2) Butter? Watermelon? Sour cream?
🍒3) Cilantro 🤢
🍒4) Thanksgiving
🍒5) Voyager (Ferndale), Zingerman‘s Deli
(Ann Arbor), Sister Pie (Detroit)
#MittenLitten #ManicMonday

JoScho I think cilantro is one of those foods with no middle ground-people either love it or hate it. Thanks for playing ❤️ 2y
monalyisha @JoScho So many cilantro haters! I don‘t love it but it doesn‘t ruin a dish for me. What‘s really killing me is all the mushroom haters! I love a good shroom! 🍄 2y
JoScho @monalyisha me too! 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled There‘s a website called ihatecilantro.com. You can post a haiku about how gross it is. 🤢 2y
Wife @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I‘ve got to check out this website! I love a good haiku 😊 2y
Cupofjo @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 🤣😂 that‘s hilarious! @JoScho .. the the weird chemical change some ppl have that makes it taste like soap! 🤢 2y
Cupofjo @Wife 🤣 perfect!! 👏 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Amen, sister! 2y
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MandaChittles
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Mehso-so

I love this movie but didn‘t really love the book....

AmyG I love this movie, too. Probably better than the book but only because of Meryl Streep. 2y
kathedron I agree! Meryl Streep is brilliant (no surprises there!) and I thought Amy Adams's Julie was a more sympathetic character than she comes across in the book. 2y
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DMC_run8
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Day 11 Punctuation. Ampersand is my favorite! #riotgrams

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FantasyChick
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Pic 1: The books. I have wanted to read some of these for the longest time!!!! Especially the tagged book 🤗 Creepy and killers and Julia!! #pumped
@TheLudicReader
#secretsantagoespostal
#wintersolsticebookexchange

TheLudicReader I have read three of the five. I also bought a copy of The Spider and the Fly for me. 2y
FantasyChick @TheLudicReader Did you? Maybe we should try to #buddyread it! 2y
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Gina
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So Julia Childs just got even cooler in my book!

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Gina
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Julia Child's legs. Photo by her husband. ♡♡♡

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Foragingfantasy
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I watched this movie yesterday and it put me in a baking mood. So, I made a berry galette for my hubby. I would love to cook my way through her book like Julie does.

TaylorMay That sounds like so much fun! I love cooking shows. I'm currently obsessed with the Great British Bake Off. 2y
Foragingfantasy @TaylorMay I haven't seen that one, but I love chopped and iron chef! 2y
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TaylorMay You should totally look it up!! I lovw both those shows too. This one is a little less cut throat but still really good. There is an American version that they do during the holidays but it's not quite the same. 2y
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BekaReid
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Pickpick

Such a fun read! I literally laughed out loud multiple times while reading...perfect remedy for surviving a semi-insane work week (a food show one at that). And seriously, how many books have both a Jane Austen reference AND a reference to "the prematurely canceled Joss Whedon outer space-western series"?!

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BekaReid

@JReid This one is for you! ? "Liver forces you to access taste buds you didn't know you had"

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BekaReid
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"We none of us knew for sure what kind we were, exactly, but as long as we were the kind that could sit around eating together and having a lovely time, that was enough."

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BekaReid

Finally getting some reading in this week!

"The thing you learn with Potage Parmentier is that "simple" is not the same as "easy.""(Day 1, Recipe 1)

"After you look at that every day for a couple of months, you just get used to it. You can get used to anything, as long as you don't mind collapsing a few mineshafts of your brain where the stuff you can't think about is skulking around. It's easy – not simple, maybe, but easy." (Day 36, Recipe 48)

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TheBookHippie
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#5movies Books Food Music

eanderson 💕 You've Got Mail!!! 2y
TheWordJar Man, You've Got Mail is another one I forgot! ❤️ 2y
Mamashep Yes to all of these!! 2y
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Caryl
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J books were tricky to find! Here's what I've got. #startswithj #anditsaugust

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parttimedomestic
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Guys! I did it! 24 hours of reading in 48 hours!
I finished 5 books, over 1180 pages and 6 hours of audio books...😂 #24in48 #readathon

abbylibrarian Woohoo!!!!!! 2y
GarthRanzz Way to go!! 🎉 2y
parttimedomestic @abbylibrarian Thank you! 😁 2y
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parttimedomestic @GarthRanzz Thank you! 🎆 2y
Eyelit 👏👏👏 2y
jaimeisbionic Wow! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
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parttimedomestic
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Almost!!! #24in48

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Melli

So i decided this book will be my laundry chore read.. definitely thought it would be more about her cooking trials and error then I have gotten so far. And I'm about half way threw. So I don't dnf or feel guilty I'll read it when I'm doing laundry hiding down my basement..might take me a while to finish but this works for me

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Melli

So I gave decided after I bailed on what was lost that I would read this one.. ok so I have LOL'd quite s but already.. I mean who couldn't laugh at the sentence I could make my first millions selling dirty sex steaks..

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JillR
Bailedbailed

I really wanted to like this but a third of the way in I'm just not interested so I'm going to leave it there. I really wanted to enjoy it!

Rachel.Rencher I wish I'd bailed... I really didn't like it! 3y
JillR @Rachel.Rencher I loved the idea of it, just couldn't get on with the writing style 3y
AJBowers This is way better 3y
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JillR Thanks @AJBowers I'll check it out! 3y
AJBowers I only liked the Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci part in the movie anyways lol. 3y
JillR @AJBowers I haven't seen it 😳 3y
AJBowers It's only ok, but it made me really hungry 😂 3y
JillR Haha @ajbowers - I thought the book might make me feel like that, until I got to the eggs poached in red wine and then the bone marrow 😆 3y
AJBowers Lololol right?! I'll pass on the bone marrow... 3y
JillR Ha me too 3y
DeleteAcct I have not read the book but I hear it's horrible. The movie I have seen and I liked it. 3y
JillR @Rachbb3 it seems for once the movie is better than the book! 3y
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vkmartin
Pickpick

I love this book. I just re-read it for the third time and I feel like I love it even more. Yes, Julie is self absorbed and histrionic, but so am I at times. And I always get inspired to cook, especially from my copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which I wouldn't own without reading Julie and Julia first.

Literaryunicorn Same! I had a few kitchen disasters during that phase! 3y
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MrsMetcalfeReads
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Next up to read!! I loved this movie!

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Rachel.Rencher
Bailedbailed

I wanted to like this book, I really did. I watched the movie years ago with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, and just got my hands on the book a few weeks ago. I'm not one to let the movie influence how I feel about a book (I usually read the book first), but this one was severely disappointing. It was mostly her griping about her life in a government job and her husband. I was so hoping to get more of an insight on her cooking and blogging. Oh, well!

Lucas.Rencher That's so disappointing I loved the movie. Thanks for the advice 3y
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Victoria_Clyne
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Pickpick

I quite enjoyed listening to this audio book. I like that it was read by the author. I like the authenticity, Powell wasn't afraid to talk about what went wrong which I find refreshing in this era of facebook, instagram, etc. As much as I enjoyed the book I felt that it was missing the insights into Julia Child's life that the movie gave.

Joanne1 I agree. 3y
Maggie Have you read My Life in France? It's the book that the Julia Child portion of the movie was based on. 3y
Victoria_Clyne @Maggie I haven't read My Life in Frances but I have been considering it for my tbr list. My ever growing tbr. 😉 3y
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Victoria_Clyne
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Finishing up my audio book whilst cooking dinner. Quite an appropriate choice of activity given the book.

Joanne1 😆nice chicken too! 3y
Victoria_Clyne Thanks @Joanne1 I do love my chicken. 3y
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Victoria_Clyne
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Started my latest audio book yesterday. I'm really enjoy it so far and I love that it is read by the author. I love the movie hopefully the book doesn't disappoint.

Joanne1 Oh that would be good on audio. This is one that I preferred the movie, but only just. 3y
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Shyanna
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So I just finished reading this book. Needless to say, it does not fit my normal genre of book...however, I found it witty, interesting, a tad repetitive at times to say the least but also surprisingly inspiring. Julie is raw which can be hard to find in some memoirs which tend to gloss over more of the rough times in their lives. I would recommend this read to anyone who wants a little laughter, honesty, and even a little excitement in their life

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julesG
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#riotgames

Although my name is not exotic, I don't often come across it in books or find an other with the same name.
This book by Julie Powell carries my given name and one of my "pet names".

Sarah83 My name isn't often used too. 🤔 3y
julesG @Sarah83 Right, can't think of a book with a Sarah right now; as an author though. 3y
Sarah83 It is quite funny because at school we where 10 Sarahs in one form. 😉 3y
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Maggie
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My favorite movie adaptation for #FunPhotoFriday comes from my favorite class in college.

My women's lit class was called "Women, Life Writing, and Food," and we read both these books at about the time the movie was being filmed. I liked Powell's memoir much more than Julia Child's "My Life In France," and if I'm honest, really didn't care for Child's self-aggrandizing at all. But in the movie, as usual, Meryl is perfect.

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MegWesley

When I first tried to read this book, I hated it because I was fed misinformation about it. I assumed it ended in a tragic blow up between Julie and her husband, but instead it was a funny read about her journey (and failures) in cooking. I love a good book that will make me laugh out.

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BooksRockMyWorld
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Bailedbailed

This book starts amazingly... A beautiful premise, funny writing, and very relatable considering I'm a very life-confused 30 year old woman.
But soon after that it becomes unreadable, I just couldn't follow her train of thoughs. Hectic and confusing, with shady points at the end of each paragraph.
I read a quarter of the book and bailed... Life is too short to read books that you don't like.

Soubhiville I haven't read the book, but I really liked the movie. If you thought the premise sounded fun maybe give that a try? Also, where did you get that mug?! My husband needs one!!! 😂 3y
Theresa That mug!! 😂😂😂 3y
LauraBeth I'm with @Theresa - I ❤️your mug 😀 3y
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BooksRockMyWorld @Soubhiville oh yeah! I can't wait to see the movie. :) 3y
BooksRockMyWorld @Soubhiville @Theresa @LauraBeth my bf got it from his family for b-day. I adore it! 😍 3y
Zelma @BooksRockMyWorld the movie is really good. Meryl Streep is phenomenal as Julia Child. I know the book is based in her blog so maybe that is why it's so uneven, I find blog-turned-books don't flow well and sometimes feel like a pile of short anecdotes or are too choppy. 3y
BooksRockMyWorld @Zelma I feel you might be right... Half the time I just don't know what she is talking about, I assume it might be clearer in a blog form. 3y
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BooksRockMyWorld
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Oh, I'm gonna love this book. ❤

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mmccreary66
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He meant that sometimes you get a glimpse into a life that you never thought of before. There are hidden trap doors all over the place, and suddenly you see one, and the next thing you know you're flogging grateful businessmen or chopping lobsters in half, and the world's just so much bigger than you thought it was.

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Daisey
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I had to go to my Goodreads shelves for today's photo. Nonfiction definitely wins when it comes to wordy titles!

#longtitles #Booktober #nonfiction