Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession cover
Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession
by Ms. Julia A. Powell (Julie) '95
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Little, Brown and Company; 2009; 320 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Food/Wine, Memoir
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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 toAfrica. At the end of her odyssey, she has learned a new art and perhaps even mastered her unruly heart.