The Julie/Julia Project Goes Mainstream with a Book

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Seems no matter how modern and techy we writers try to be with our blogs, we still just want to write books. The first food blog, any type of blog actually, that I ever read was the Julie/Julia project - a 365-day attempt to cook each and every recipe from Julia Child's tour de force, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Lucky her, Powell has just come out with a book (the real paper kind!) about the experience, called Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen. Our copy, from the aptly named Powell's books (our favorite online bookseller), just arrived, all hard-cover and shiny.

The reviews are mixed, but we can't imagine it would be very different from the blog itself. And since that hasn't been updated since the day after Julia Child died, in August 2004, I think most of Powell's fans are ready for some new material. The question is: is a blogger an author? Can the spirit and voice of a blog translate gracefully into a book, to either read and re-read again and again, or to collect dust on a high shelf.

We'll let you know what we think.

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Sara Kate is the founding editor of The Kitchn. She co-founded the site in 2005 and has since written three cookbooks. She is most recently the co-author of The Kitchn Cookbook, to be published in October 2014 by Clarkson Potter.