Yes, she made fun of vegans.
But that's not why I didn't like it.
One of the scences I particularly did not like was where she had to get marrow out of the bone of a cow leg. I have no problem with that if she's made the decision to eat meat. However, she goes on to explain how her and her husband have a discussion about buying a country house and a cow and lovingly taking care of it as penance for the marrow extraction. Oh, you feel guilty? Now?
It really highlighted to me that it's not until people are elbow deep in a splintered shin bone that they actually realise that meat comes from an animal. So she felt bad about that cow. But the hundreds of other cows she slaughtered that year don't deserve a single thought. And the lobsters she boiled alive were fine. And the veal comes from the butcher... not the calf.
And the amoral, contradicting opinions about her married life and her friends' love lives drove me nuts.
Her second book is about how she becomes a butcher and cheats on her husband. It honestly made me wonder if she cheated on her husband just so she could write her second book. At any rate I won't be reading it.
However, I did enjoy the bits where she talks about food (the bits without her pathetic attempt at moralising). The opening shopping sequence, as she buys potatoes and leeks for Potage Parmentier without realising it, was lovely. And it made me want to make Potage Parmentier!
So, after all that anger vented toward Julie Powell here is my vegan version of her first blog entry.
500g potatoes, diced
3 cups sliced leeks
2 litres (8 cups) water
1 tbs salt
3 tbs vegan butter
Add the potatoes, leeks, salt and water to a soup pot and bring to the boil. Simmer for 45 minutes.
Blend the soup in a blender (or in the pot if you have an awesome stick blender like mine!). The blending is important. It has to be smooth. Use a sieve if you have to.
Stir in butter before serving.