#DailyBookQuote : 12th May 2014
– Julie Powell (April 20, 1973)
Julie Powell was born and raised in Austin, Texas, where she first fell in love with cooking and then with her husband, Eric. She is the author of a cooking memoir, Julie & Julia, which was released in 2005 and then made into a successful Hollywood movie. Her writing has appeared in Bon Appétit, The New York Times, House Beautiful, and Archaeology Magazine, among others. With the humor of Bridget Jones and the vitality of Augusten Burroughs, Julie Powell recounts how she conquered every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and saved her soul. Julie Powell is 30-years-old, living in a rundown apartment in Queens and working at a soul-sucking secretarial job that’s going nowhere. She needs something to break the monotony of her life, and she invents a deranged assignment. She will take her mother’s copy of Julia Child’s 1961 classic recipe book Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and attempts to cook all 524 recipes within a year. At first she thinks it will be easy, but as she moves from simple soups to more complicated French dishes, she realizes there’s more to Mastering the Art of French Cooking than meets the eye. Slowly she turns her kitchen into a miracle of creation and cuisine at the same time she also changes to make a significant change in her life as a whole, eclipsing the ordinariness of day to day life with spectacular humor, hysteria, and perseverance.