Cooking blog-turned-book wins Blooker Prize
An amateur chef's diary of her attempt to cook all 524 recipes from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking has won the first literary prize devoted to books based on blogs.
Julie Powell, a secretarial temp from Queens, N.Y., told the story with such charm and humour on her weblog, or blog, that it eventually became a book, Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen.
On Monday, the book was chosen ahead of 89 others for the $2,000 US Blooker Prize, a new award for books based on blogs sponsored by Lulu, a U.S. digital publishing house.
"The community aspect of blogging and the interaction with others kept me honest and kept me writing," Powell said, according to Reuters.
Her blog was published in book form by Warner Book Group's Little, Brown imprint, and went on to sell more than 100,000 copies.
Judges hailed the book for making the difficult transition from blog to book. "Powell's heartfelt, funny, and occasionally obscene tell-all about her journey of self-discovery and cholesterol is by turns funny, shocking and delicious. Those who dismiss blogging as 'mere' confessional writing and complaining about one's day job fail to appreciate just how engrossing those genres can be when handled by a talented writer like Julie Powell," said Cory Doctorow, Canadian editor of the blog BoingBoing and chair of the judging panel.
"It does the thing that all great non-fiction needs to do - makes a subject interesting because of how it's covered, not because of the subject itself," Doctorow said. "I don't care about French food but I loved this book."