Julie Powell was on the verge of turning 30, trapped in a series of unfulfilling temp jobs, and living in a dreadful apartment in Queens, New York. That’s when she decided to break the monotony by attempting to make all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. One year later, Powell had achieved her goal, documented her experiences on one of the most popular blogs on the Internet, and began the award-winning, bestselling book Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously.
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Queens, New York
Date of Birth:
April 20, 1973
Place of Birth:
B.A. in English and Theater & Dance, Amherst College, 1995
James Beard Award, Magazine Feature Writing Without Recipes, 2004; James Beard Award, Magazine Feature Writing With Recipes, 2005; First Annual "Blooker" Award, 2006; Quills Award, Debut Author, 2006
Julie Powell's official web site
|The Buzz Book|
|Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously|
From our Editors "Julie Powell was turning thirty years old and was stuck in an uninspiring secretarial job. But with the ebullient Julia Child as her muse, the 1961 classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking as her guidebook, and her husband, Eric (possibly the most patient man on the planet), as her dedicated first officer, she turned her kitchen into a battle zone of failed poached eggs and deflated 'puff' pastries and, ultimately, into the site of a miracle of creation and cuisine."
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|"I find myself embarrassed to talk too much about how I got here, because it was so incredibly lucky," Powell admits in our interview. "I had the right idea to tackle the right subject in the right medium at the right time, and one thing led to another with very little effort on my apart, aside from the cooking and the blogging, which were both so much more fulfilling than my hideous day job that I didn't even think of it as work. Mine is a sort of Cinderella blog story; all I had to do was work in dead-end temp jobs for nine years and snap! New life!"|
|Powell's Reading Recommendations|
|Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger|
We asked Powell to tell us about some of her favorite books, which include Nigel Slater's food-themed memoir. "Biscuits and bad puddings become a prism through which we see more clearly [Slater's] sorrow, his isolation, his uncomfortably emerging sexuality," Powell observes. "Toast is food writing about death and sex and bodily fluids, and it's some of the best I've ever read."
|Against Love: A Polemic|
"With tongue firmly in cheek, Kipnis tartly, and sometimes hilariously, dismantles our most sentimental received notions about love and marriage in the modern world, and in the process gives you both a subversive laugh and a few things to think about," Powell reflects on another favorite read, Against Love. Read our interview to learn more about Powell's best-loved books, including: