Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession by Julie PowellJulie Powell thought cooking her way through Julia Childs Mastering the Art of French Cooking was the craziest thing shed ever do--until she embarked on the voyage recounted in her new memoir, CLEAVING.
Her marriage challenged by an insane, irresistible love affair, Julie decides to leave town and immerse herself in a new obsession: butchery. She finds her way to Fleischers, a butcher shop where she buries herself in the details of food. She learns how to break down a side of beef and French a rack of ribs--tough, physical work that only sometimes distracts her from thoughts of afternoon trysts.
The camaraderie at Fleischers leads Julie to search out fellow butchers around the world--from South America to Europe to Africa. At the end of her odyssey, she has learned a new art and perhaps even mastered her unruly heart.
Author Julie Powell on Meat and Marriage
Powell was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She graduated from Amherst College in with a double major in theater and creative writing. She later married Eric Powell, an editor for the magazine Archaeology. The blog quickly gained a large following, and Powell signed a book deal with Little, Brown and Company. Child was reported to have been unimpressed with Powell's blog, believing her determination to cook every recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year to be a stunt. Child's editor, Judith Jones, said in an interview:.
Powell has published a second book, Cleaving , on butchering and marriage. Julie Powell was born in Austin, Texas on April 20, At that time, Powell was working an unfulfilling job at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, fielding phone calls relating to the aftermath of the September 11, terrorist attacks at New York City's World Trade Center. Powell began her blog with the intention of channeling her energy into a more fulfilling venture. The blog chronicled Powell's attempt to prepare all of the dishes described in Julia Child's classic cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking , in just one year. Powell frequently invoked Julia Child's journey to her culinary career, as she personally searched for a more meaningful use of her talents.
Julie Powell was a bright young woman stuck in a 'tailspin of secretarial ennui' when she had the idea of cooking every recipe in Julia Child's classic cookbook, Mastering The Art Of French Cooking, blogging as she went. Powell, meanwhile, has not hung up her chopping knives, but merely switched to another, more fearsome set of implements. That little knife cracks open a haunch joint or breaks down muscle groups into their component parts like nothing else. No humans were harmed in bringing you this scene, but still, I get why it would all make some folks, well, speculate. Powell's hectic, confiding style is the literary equivalent of a girly evening of dirty gossip over a bottle or five of Sauvignon blanc. Why butchery?
August 31, by millicent 19 Comments. Does an author have the right to be a bad person? A dark read. Not because of the one scene of anonymous sex which the entire internet seems to have fixated on, and which was totally forgettable , but because of the ugly and insanely raw emotional territory it occupies, and how fiercely it decimates the Julie Powell persona of Julie and Julie. I wrote this post about the internet response to the book and to female selfishness generally back in March