Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession by Julie Powell

By Julie Powell

By the writer of JULIE AND JULIA

Julie Powell suggestion cooking her means via Julia Child's Mastering the paintings of French Cooking used to be the craziest factor she'd ever do--until she launched into the voyage mentioned in her new memoir, CLEAVING.

Her marriage challenged through an insane, impossible to resist love affair, Julie makes a decision to depart city and immerse herself in a brand new obsession: butchery. She unearths her method to Fleischer's, a butcher store the place she buries herself within the information of foodstuff. She learns the best way to holiday down a facet of pork and French a rack of ribs--tough, actual paintings that merely occasionally distracts her from ideas of afternoon trysts.

The camaraderie at Fleischer's leads Julie to find fellow butchers round the world--from South the US to Europe to Africa. on the finish of her odyssey, she has discovered a brand new paintings and even perhaps mastered her unruly center.

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Bafflingly, when I think “sanctuary,” what comes to mind is the gleam of steel and tile, the moist red of a lamb roast, the pungent smell of aging beef, and the grip of a knife in my hand. But it turns out that this is a tricky thing I’m trying to do, and not just because I seem to be constitutionally terrified of men in white coats. There also just aren’t a lot of butchers out there anymore, not real ones, not in this country. That seems impossible, doesn’t it? I mean, there are a lot more of us Americans than there were, say, a hundred years ago, and a whole lot of us are eating meat.

But for now it’ll be bagged and put into the front cooler until the case needs to be refilled. “And that’s it. The rest goes into the grind. ” A white plastic bin on the cutting table is piled high with pig meat, roughly sliced into big strips. Juan has come over to stuff the meat into big clear plastic Cryovac bags. He’s a short, barrel-chested guy I guess to be a little younger than I am. I’m instantly attracted to his smile, though I’ve not yet gotten to talk much with him, just a hello after Josh introduced him this morning as “the only guy with any brains in the whole place.

I knew him when he was a beautiful, shy, blue-eyed teenager in baggy shorts, a stretched-out sweater, and worn Birkenstocks, with a dog-eared paperback jutting out of one rear pocket. And almost at the beginning I picked him out, decided he was the one I needed. It took most of a school year to snatch him from the swarm of pretty girls that seemed always to be circling—he so oblivious, he so sweet and gentle—but I managed it. God, I was invincible when I was eighteen. When it came down to it, I got pretty much whatever I went after.

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