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Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously - Julie Powell This intrigued me in the original hardcover, but since I only buy books in paperback I've been waiting to read it. It's a lot of fun to read, more of a "memoir with food" than actual food writing...and I hadn't realized that a much of it came from a blog she was keeping during the course of the "Julie/Julia Project." Julie's decision to undertake her Project out of dissatisfaction with her job and frustration over the direction her life is (or isn't) going sounds a bit like an early midlife crisis, although it's hitting her at the eve of her 30th birthday rather than past her 40th. And while the outcome may not have been what she expected when she started the Project, she did end up finding some new direction through its process and actual completion - although I think she only did Volume One of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, so she may have a Volume Two of the Project some day. She doesn't include recipes, as I'm sure they are copyrighted, but describes many of her cooking adventures in enough detail that I don't think I have any real interest in mastering the art of French cooking myself.