I wish this book would've had more parts about Julia Child like the movie did. It seemed like the movie was a lot more balanced whereas the book was almost all about Julie Powell. I get that it was her memoir, but it got a little old after awhile. She seemed to talk about the same basic theme over and over again: her constant psychological meltdowns. I think it's important to look at it in the context of the early days of blogging, but it's kind of amazing to think of how she got to be so hugely popular if every entry on her blog was like the book.
I did find it inspirational that she was able to change her life to what she wanted it to be in such a triumphant way. You don't often find stories of people in their 30s doing that, so it was a reassuring thing. I agree with the previous poster about how it seemed crazy how dirty her kitchen got after awhile. It's hard to understand living and working in such a small space and allowing so much potential for food-born illness to build up without even noticing.
I think people who cook would really appreciate this book a lot more than I did because she gets very technical with her recipe descriptions. I understand this is a book about cooking though. so that's understandable. Overall, this was ok, and I rarely say this, but I really did like the movie better.
The best thing about this book are the illustrations. They're etchings, and they're really beautiful to look at.
I love having this hanging in my living room! It's pure summer and makes me think of the sand dunes up north!
Maybe not as funny as some of his other books, but I still enjoyed it a lot. I think the colonoscopy story is one of his best (if totally gross and inappropriate like the other reviewer said).
There was a lot more text to this than I expected so it would require a lot more time than I was able to devote to it right then. But it was still a fun book to flip through-one I'd like to go back to.