Julie & Julia by Julie Powell

This book review was published in Christian Single.

Armed with a Julia Child cookbook and driven by a desire to put some zest in her ho-hum existence as a secretary, Julie Powell sets out on the Project. In just one year, she beats, mixes, and saut├ęs her way through the 524 complex recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Weaved into her culinary experiments is her life in Queens with her husband, relatives, coworkers, and close friends—as well as strangers with whom she interacts on the blog created to chronicle her adventure. With humor, vibrancy, and raw honesty, the author describes hunting for rare ingredients, tackling kitchen catastrophes, meeting the media, and contemplating the meaning of turning 30.

As she battles failure and celebrates success in her apartment kitchen and in her life, she discovers passion and purpose that accomplishment in the face of formidable odds brings.