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Title:
Cleaving : a story of marriage, meat, and obsession
Author:
Powell, Julie.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown and Co., [2009]

©2009
Physical Description:
307 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
Her marriage challenged by an insane, irresistible love affair, Julie decides to leave town and immerse herself in a new obsession: butchery.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780316003360
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Book

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Julie Powell thought cooking her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking was the craziest thing she'd 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 Fleischer's, 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 Fleischer's 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 Notes

After a misspent youth involving loads of dead-end jobs and several questionable decisions,Julie Powell, author ofJulie & Julia--made into a major motion picture by Nora Ephron starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams--has found her calling as a writer-cum-butcher. She lives in Long Island City, Queens, when she isn't in Kingston, NY, cutting up animals.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The author of the charming, riveting, thrilling and successfully filmed Julie and Julia (2005), in which Powell recounted her year spent cooking all the recipes in Julia Child's classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, has turned to butchery! As she relays in her new memoir, after her year with Julia, she apprenticed in a butcher shop in upstate New York and learned the trade from the inside out, from sinew to steak. Another prominent theme here is the stress placed on her marriage to the understanding, even noble Eric (as he was depicted in the previous memoir) by their mutual infidelities. It's a grim book. Powell's fans happily voyaged with her through Julia Child's cookbook, but taking the journey through her learning the art of butchery is another matter. Graphic, even gross, detail about breaking down a beef or pig carcass and about her adulterous sex life (Do we really want to hear about her phone sex with her lover?) blocks any sunshine from emerging from these pages. The previous book made foodies of us all, but this book may convince us that vegetarians have had the right idea all along.--Hooper, Brad Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Powell flounders in her latest cooking-themed memoir. Trying to end an affair, the married Powell leaves town and seeks distraction in a butcher shop. She explores her obsessions with meat and with her lover-but listeners will quickly tune out. Her sarcastic inflections, flat tone, and nervous voice that worked reasonably well with Julie and Julia sound supercilious and affected here. The clunky performance cannot redeem the uninspired prose, and Powell-who compulsively cheats on her "saintly" husband-is difficult to empathize with. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved