Cleaving

A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession
By Julie Powell (Audiobook, 2009)
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.

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.

After a misspent youth involving loads of dead-end jobs and several questionable decisions, Julie Powell, author of Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, has found her calling as a writer-cum-butcher. She lives in Long Island City, Queens, when she isn't in Kingston, NY, cutting up animals.
  • PRAISE FOR JULIE & JULIA:
    "Hilarious and ferociously articulate.  Powell wrote candidly and vividly about her antic adventures with Child's recipes...But perhaps more importantly, she wrote about food in a rich and raucous context, about putting pot-au-feu on the table through plumbing crises and existential desperation; about both 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' fandom and the difficulties of finding marrow bones." (Entertainment Weekly).

  • "Bracingly original, Julie & Julia is clearly the work of a writer who has reclaimed her soul." (People).

  • "Powell is not a domestic goddess; she's emphatically, unembarrassedly a domestic mortal.  But she is also a genuinely gifted thinker and writer about food." (Time).

Product Details

Cleaving
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Price: $29.98 US/$35.98 CAN
  • Audio Run Time: 630
  • ISBN-13: 9781600245695
  • On Sale Date: 12/01/2009
Cleaving