The book: Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
The summary: Trapped in a boring job and living in a tiny apartment in New York, Julie Powell regularly finds herself weeping on the way home from work. Then one night, Julie notices that the few items she’s grabbed from the Korean grocery store are the very ingredients for Potage Parmentier, as described in American chef Julia Childs’ legendary cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. And The Project is born. Julie begins to cook — every one of the 524 recipes in the book, in the space of just one year. This is Julie’s story, as gradually, from oeufs en cocotte to bifstek saute au beurre, she realises that this deranged Project is changing her life.
Why it’s fun summer reading: The book is surprisingly light on cooking, but the prose is entertaining and captures the joy and excitement that comes with good, simple, heartfelt food.