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Cleaving A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession (Paperback)

Author:  Julie Powell
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Format: Paperback Large Print
ISBN-10: 0316053821
ISBN-13: 9780316053822
Sku: 210405782
Publish Date: 12/1/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 5.75L x 1T
Pages:  451
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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.
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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.
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While film editors were busy cutting JULIE AND JULIA, the hit movie based on Julie Powell's first book, Powell herself was cutting pig carcasses, chicken necks, and sides of beef. While attempting to distract herself from the perils of literary success and a fervent love affair which wrecked her marriage, Powell took up butchery, and vented her amorous frustrations by carving heaps of meat. She became so obsessed with the intricacies of chiseling briskets and separating flanks from shanks that she embarked on a series of visits to meat shops around the world to observe the different methods of disciplined dissection used by internationals masters of the craft. However, Powell discovers that it is infinitely easier to hack up ham hocks or carve a perfect roast than it is to sever the passions which control her own beating heart.

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"There is a great book to be written about butchers and butchery....This is not that book, though it does contain many insights into how interesting butchery can be--this mysterious world of connective tissue and very large knives....Powell writes well about the sensual properties of meat...." - Bee Wilson 10/16/2009

"Ms. Powell's travails at Fleisher's, a small, family-owned butcher shop near Kingston, N.Y., in the Catskills, provide her with great material....Performing the job seems to give her a strange sort of pleasure, and it is not unrelated to her genuine culinary passions.....[But] CLEAVING often feels forced, like a chore performed to please an agent, a publisher and maybe a movie studio. Ms. Powell is a wonderful prose writer--here's hoping that her next project makes better use of her skills." - Moira Hodgson 12/01/2009

"CLEAVING is an ambitious undertaking; Powell means to acquaint us with the ins and outs of a worldwide industry, even as she reveals intimate details about the unraveling of two relationships. An entertaining writer, she almost pulls it off, distracting us with descriptions of knives, carcasses and meals, as well as recipes strategically placed. Yet despite some fine writing about butchery, and some not-so-fine writing about romance, CLEAVING turns out to be not much more than a rambling recitation...of all sorts of bad behavior." - Dinah Lenney 11/29/2009

"Powell can be an engaging writer. Fast, funny and observant--though too bust steamrolling to Google facts--she's your mean best friend sending instant messages that make you snort at your desk. Her reliance on snark and pop-cultural references is cheap, but her sincere interest in butchery and love for the Fleischer's crew bring the book's slasher scenes to life." - Christine Muhlke 12/06/2009

"Powell isn't just honest about her flaws and foibles, she writes about them blatantly and self-indulgently. Her writing is peppered with profanity, and she seems titillated by her indiscretions....CLEAVING is confessional and, yes, crass, but it's also a compulsive, voyeuristic read. If you're a foodie, the recipes scattered throughout are a bonus, but the real meat in this book is Powell's relationship with her husband, Eric - and how she goes about tearing it to pieces before seeing what's left to salvage." - Lylah M. Alphonse 12/13/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Large Print Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0451
Product attributePublisher:   Little Brown and Company
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