I finally finished this book last night. I say finally not because it was a tough slog, but because I've been distracted by the baseball playoffs and new episodes of my favorite shows!
"A secretary in Queens risked her marriage and her sanity and her cats' welfare to cook all 524 recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking -- a book that changed the lives of thousands of servantless American cooks -- all in one year. The same year she turned thirty. It was the hardest, bravest, best thing a coward like her ever did, and she wouldn't have done it without Julia." (297)
Vegans and vegetarians should not read this book. Seriously. I eat meat, but definitely don't want to eat a lot of the stuff that is described in this book. I found it entertaining & full of personality, but could have done with many fewer swear words. After a while you want to say, "We get the point." The author reminded me a bit of Heather Armstrong (Dooce) in her storytelling. I admire her tenacity in attempting to cook all of these challenging recipes. I think the book could have used a bit more Julia Child and a little less about the lives of Julie's crazy friends. I'll be interested to see the movie version of Julie & Julia; I can definitely see Meryl Streep as Julia Child (she's such a marvelous chameleon), but I wonder if Amy Adams is too sweet for Julie. (No offense, Julie.)