Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The 2006 "Blooker" Awards

That's the correct name I'm told, and it appears to be the very latest thing on the literary scene these days. The Blooker Prize is also the world's first prize devoted to "blooks": books based on blogs or websites. Sponsored by Lulu, the awards are in three categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Comics.

Having said that, in the category of non-fiction, I was extremely pleased to learn yesterday that this year's "Overall" winner is none other than Julie Powell, author of Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

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As many in the blogosphere already know, Powell, a 30-year-old secretary living in an apartment in Queens, New York, spent 365 days cooking all 524 recipes from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Soon afterward, she became an instant Internet celebrity with her 2004 blog chronicling her yearlong odyssey of cooking every recipe in Child's all-time classic cookbook. Powell originally embarked on the "Julie/Julia" project to find a sense of direction, and both the cooking and the writing quickly became all-consuming. Many passages in the book are taken verbatim from the blog, but Powell expands on her experience and gives us generous amounts of background information about her personal life, including her family, friends, and her sometimes less than likeable co-workers. She also includes some comments from her "bleaders" (blog readers), the ones who ultimately formed an enthusiastic support base.

As a reader of Powell's famous blog a few years ago, and a forever lover of the late culinary master, Julia Child, I felt compelled to buy Julie & Julia when it first hit bookstores in September of 2005. Without a doubt, and thoroughly dispelling all criticisms against what we've now come to know as "blooks," Powell's writing is both stimulating and entertaining, making this book another one of those must-haves on every modern book shelf.

Huge congrats on this, Julie.

Good Wednesday, all. Peace.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow. I feel the exact same way. I recently just saw the movie. It was very insirational. I read the book a few years ago and use it as a guide. A guide to cooking and a guide to life. Cooking has become my life a I love to share that love with others.