Thursday, August 24, 2006

Vote Early, Vote Often...

So, J&J has been nominated for two Quills Awards - best debut book and best cooking-related book. I'm up against Julia Child, Bill Buford, AND Rachel Ray, so I'm not optimistic, but what the hell... And it's a people's choice type deal, so you can help! Vote here:


Blogger fivendimer said...

Vote early and vote often!!!!

3:03 PM  
Blogger Loren Shlaes said...

hi julie,

just wanted to tell everyone that as long as they're voting for you, they should also cast a vote for alison bechdel's fabulous graphic novel, fun home.

hope you win. i HATE rachael ray! {but i love her chambers stove -- my mom had the same one.}

10:02 PM  
Blogger chachlilmum said...

Good luck, Julie! I voted for you (twice). I DO hope you win, as I love a great story with lots of swear words. You talk just like me! Sorry, cybercita, I like Rachael Ray, too. She's all about getting dinner the hell on the table instead of calling for takeout. And I gotta respect that.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Di said...

Julie: Loving your book and voted twice. As soon as I finish the book, it should be appearing in Di's Book Blog, so if you are interested, please click on: and you will see a wonderful glowing review sometime soon.

3:56 AM  
Blogger Loren Shlaes said...

hi julie,

me again. just wanted to tell you that i was in the bookstore and saw the paperback version of julie/julia. i really liked the cover blurb. who came up with "my year of cooking dangerously"?

10:04 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I will vote for you Julie! Very good luck to you! I like Rachel Ray too, but I don't think that it's fair to lump all of you together like that. She has a TV show for goodness sakes. That's just not fair. I guess you should call up your buddies at the Food Network and get a show too! That would solve everything and ensure your chances of winning. Damn I'm brilliant! Anyway, loved the book, love the blog (wish there were more!) and love you! Good luck!

6:27 PM  
Blogger said...

Funny that you're up against Ms Child herself in the Cooking category! Best of luck Julie...

4:59 AM  
Blogger Rin-SB said...

(I think I picked an excellent spot to lose my blogging-virginity). Just thought you would like to know that you’ve been book clubbed, which sounds like a violent attack by a postal librarian, but really means that a group of gals in Santa Barbara decided to read your book together during the most coveted of reading months….July. You may also be happy to know that your book was also actually talked about and not just an excuse to get together and gorge ourselves on brie, salami, and wine (which could not be said even for Jane Austen’s P&P….unfortunately, for me….cuz I picked her…and no one else in my age group shares the obsession). We love the book and it inspired many of us to cook, and all of us (me especially) to eat….a lot. You’re Silence of the Lamb quote really made us feel a sisterly bond to you and your humor….if Precious was here now, I tell her…”it writes a great book.”

5:20 PM  
Blogger Di said...

Finished the book last night and the glowing review has been posted. Hope it prompts lots of readers to buy more copies!


5:05 AM  
Blogger bookgirl said...

Hi Julie,
I just finished the book, and I loved it!!! I will vote for you!!!

8:30 PM  
Blogger Costumegirl said...

I just wanted to say that I am two thirds the way through reading your book and IT'S FANTASTIC! I have an hour's journey (sometimes more - that's the London Underground for you!) to and from work each day so I can really get stuck in. On two or more occassions, forgetting where I am, I have laughed out loud whilest avidly reading and got rather odd looks from other commuters - cheer up travelers!! I too am in the early stages of my third decade on this earth and have recently become rather too obsessed with all things culinary and retro kitchenalia, your book and others comments have resored my faith that I am not going entirely mad and can carry on creating safe in the knowldge that there are others out there too. Many thanks and long may you continue writing.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Chica de Cayo said...

I have just discovered your book. It is a rare find; one that I force myself put down and walk away from so that I will not gobble it up in one setting, leaving me in a total terminal foodie daze. Please come to Key West and find what madness you can enjoy with Floribbean cuisine.

4:34 PM  
Blogger author said...

I enjoy your candid humor. Your voice is fresh and young, retaining the lightness of a souffle even when dealing with soul-scorching events. I savored it more because my daughter left Hawaii for Astoria to pursue a musical theatre career. She experienced the blackout too. I just finished reading J&J last night. I voted for you. A link to vote could help your tally.

1:46 PM  
Blogger marcella aka milo said...

Hi Julia, I bought the book in Paris and am halfway through - I absolutely love it and have already voted for you. Also, posted a review on my foodie blog, hope this helps!
ciao from Italy!

12:47 PM  
Blogger Loretta said...

Best of luck to you, Julie. Just finished the book--it made a long trip from upper Minnesota to Chicago bearable. I picked it up because I'd just finished Julia's memoir (I'm assuming that's the book you're up against.). I've been living under a variety of rocks so I hadn't heard of your experiment ( I know, flattery will get me everywhere) but your book had me hooked from the start. Great writing and, dare I say, inspirational (I also have a thing for David Straitharn!). You've got my vote!

3:37 PM  
Blogger JeanneRS said...

Just finished voting for the project on quills and finally ready to become a part of the project with a post. After devouring the book (yes, pun intended, as dorky as that is), all I have to say is, Julie, will you be my best friend? Just kidding. Sort of. I LOVED the book, your wit, your sarcasm and your guts. Can't say I would have stuck with the aspics - but then I'm one of those people chefs of all kinds loathe (don't say it too loudly, but I'm a vegetarian). You go chica!

7:34 PM  
Blogger Jult said...

Hi Julie, I am Julia (but my family calls me Julie), and I am reading your book! I love it so far! Especially since I have recently been really getting into cooking! I voted for your book! I am contemplating my own blog now! You are the inspiration fellow Julie/Julia!Thanks!


11:32 PM  
Blogger Chloé said...

I have to say, after hearing a lot about your book and reading you in the NY Times magazine, I was very curious about your book - I loved the article, by the way.

I just voted for you and I think it's interesting that you are up against Julia Child When I found myself at the Strand in Manhattan at 9pm on a Tuesday just because my husband had an urge to buy a book and promised he would buy me one if I went with him, I ended up with your book and Julia's book in my hands. After hesitating, I picked yours, thinking that I'll wait until the day we move to Paris (someday, someday!) to read hers.

We are not moving to Paris yet but now that I am almost done with your book, I can't wait to go get My Life in France... and I am still fighting an urge to try my hand at MAoFC!!

Thansk for your inspiring book and good luck with the Quill!

12:33 PM  
Blogger M'lin said...

Hi Julie - just finished Julie/Julia and laughed and commiserated the whole way through - I think you might be a modern hero for working class just turned 30 women everywhere. If you had been single it would have been the icing on the cake - but Eric sounds great so I don't wish that on you. I cast my vote for the quills - good luck!

9:17 AM  
Blogger PigsFlew said...

It's almost 1am, I have to get kids up for school in 5 1/2 short hours, but I couldn't stop reading the J&J book. Thank you for giving the world such a wonderfully affirming thing. I can't remember the last time I finished a book feeling so inspired and cheered. Well done!!! I will happily vote for you.

12:14 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I too am a late-comer to the J&J cult, but better late than never. Just finished the book and loved it of course. Though my favorite bits are legion, my current fave is the line "Lady, you're hell and gone from fucking New Jersey." Plan to work that into daily use ASAP. SO GLAD to have found this blog - I was already dreading finishing the book and missing your voice. If you're ever back in sunny Seattle, love to have you crash our stitch n bitch at our fabulous neighborhood bar - gimlets all around! No offal, though - sorry!

9:23 AM  
Blogger Bea said...

Julie, I voted for you in several categories... look forward to meeting you in Illinois in November. Apparently we are having lunch - lovely! I have a copy of your book to give back to you actually.. it is stuffed with comments, photos, articles and other paraphenalia that friends added. Its wonderful.. It became like a portable book club being sent overseas and back. Fantastic read. My friend gave your book to her therapist. haha.

12:37 PM  
Blogger heregoes! said...

Hi Julie,
New to this...very new! Never blogged before but I am inspired by your journey.
I face a similar "what now?" crossroads.
How the heck did you get started? If I don't do something soon, I may dissolve away.
I've been a writer for 20 years but of the TV variety.
Left it all to move to the Gulf.
I need some "no sh*t" advice.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Michelle O'Neil said...

Hello Julie,

I am a new blogger and I too have been on a "learning to cook" adventure this year so I was thrilled to find out about your book. It is our book group pick for next month.

I also have a potty mouth and I'm sensing from your comments to the left that I'm going to really enjoy this.

Congrats on your success!

7:43 AM  
Blogger Pete's Readings said...

Hi Julie:

Happy to vote for you! I loved your book so much I passed it on to my upright Republican sister-in-law, who's now passing it around to all the air force wives. Hell yes, the personal is political.

Not sure this is the right forum to reach you with such a request, but I run the reading series at Pete's Candy Store, a really fantastic bar in Williamsubrg. Can I woo you to read for us? We're starting our 7th season; last spring we featured Christopher Sorrentino, David Gates, David Rees, Sigrid Nunez, and Julia Slavin among others. To find out more about us, you can check out our site:, or feel free to contact me at We would LOVE to have you.

Congratulations again on the nomination.


3:08 PM  
Blogger wheresmymind said...

Well...since you aren't cooking Burgers everynight I think you'll beat Rachael Ray!

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