. "Because Boeuf Bourguignon is meant to cook three to four hours, and it was already after ten o'clock at night. And so I made the fateful -- or maybe I should just come right out and say "very bad" -- decision to drink a vodka tonic or two while I waited." Julie & Julia by Julie Powell I'm about halfway through this and can understand why it is so popular -- it is a clever idea and Powell can be funny. For myself, I love the cooking parts, like the Boeuf Bourguignon story. But Powell can also be coarse and spends most of her time writing about her non-cooking life, which I didn't expect. Mixed review on the horizon. Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event. .