Julia's Child: A Novel

Julia's Child: A Novel

by Sarah Pinneo
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Julia's Child: A Novel by Sarah Pinneo

A delectable comedy for every woman who's ever wondered if buying that six-dollar box of organic crackers makes her a hero or a sucker.

Julia Bailey is a mompreneur with too many principles and too little time. Her fledgling company, Julia's Child, makes organic toddler meals like Gentle Lentil and Give Peas a Chance. But turning a profit while saving the world proves tricky as Julia must face a ninety-two-pound TV diva, an ill-timed protest rally, and a room full of one hundred lactating breasts. Will she get her big break before her family reaches the breaking point? In the end, it is a story about motherhood's choices: organic versus local, paper versus plastic, staying at home versus risking it all.

A cookbook author's hilarious fiction debut, Julia's Child will have foodies and all-natural mamas alike laughing, cheering, and asking for more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452297319
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sarah Pinneo was a Wall Street dealmaker before making the transition from breadwinner to bread baker and food journalist. The coauthor of The Ski House Cookbook, Pinneo lives in Ludlow, Vermont, and Hanover, New Hampshire.

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AlisBookshelf More than 1 year ago
I love stories like this one, stories about a strong woman that tries so hard to hold everything together. A woman who tries to and does an amazing job of juggling her own business and her family at the same time, even with its really tough not seeing her family all the time. Julia's Child is a book that will surprise you though. Inside its pages you will not only find an incrediable story, but also some great recipe's. Julia is a very inspiring character. Like I said above she stands up for what she believes in, which is feeding kids nutritious food with making it taste good. She not only does that but she also goes full thortle to get to her goals. I loved reading about her time with her kids and her husband. My favorite play time with her kids would have to be her time in the homemade tent. (not going to give it away, so you will have to read the book and find out why I love that part.) Julia's husband is another great character in this story, he's strong for her and lets her go for her dreams. Now that is a real man!!! I also love her kids in this book. They are so smart. They can tell mommy is working really hard to get what they need. I loved all the characters in this book, they were well developed and very personable. I love reading characters that I can see something of myself in. All in all Julia's Child is a great read and a very inspiring story for people to read when they feel like giving up. This book could give them some hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book give it a try
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Julia Bailey is a stay-at-home Mom who takes the topic of her children's nutrition quite seriously, but her kids are slow to get the point and frequently pose comical and crazy questions that challenge Julia on a daily basis - very funny often! But Julia's trying to start a new business with an organic food company named Julia's Child! What's the focus - healthy eating - cheese and vegetables into the most unusual products like pancakes and muffins. It may not be such a new idea now but it's still great to see how it all started - and the sample recipes in the novel are fascinating to consider - and try! The other interesting part of this novel is to follow how a small entrepreneur starts a business initially stocking her products in a small Brooklyn store. Next step a break on a TV show; next step approached by Whole Foods, the well-known natural food store, and so much more. The reader will learn quite a bit about the "organic" label, what it really means, as well as marketing and business aspects of growing a flourishing, lucrative business! This is a light-hearted novel that was pleasant, informative, funny, and interesting all the way through to the last page - a supportive husband and adorable kids add to the fun and adventure of the journey! Nicely done, Ms. Pinneo!
anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
Crunchy momma, Julia Bailey, has taken her love for making healthy foods for her children and turned it into her own small business, Julia’s Child. Julia’s Child is all about making healthy snacks for toddlers and Julia dreams of the day when she can get Whole Foods to sell them in their stores. After a chance meeting, Julia’s Child begins to really take off. Great right? Well, as the business grows so does the debt while the time she can spend with her family begins to shrink. When things begin to look like all hope is lost, a life preserver suddenly appears but is it what it appears? Julia finds herself struggling between holding fast to her ideals or becoming a sellout. The question becomes is there a middle ground and can she find how to live in the moment? I really enjoyed Julia’s Child, I found it to be a light hearted read with some real life lessons to be learned. As a mom, I can appreciate Julia’s struggle with finding a happy balance to her life and to her dreams. I’ll be honest; when I first started the book I felt a little mommy judgment. I am not a crunchy momma. I’m not. Yes, I feed my children fruits and vegetables and when we go out to eat mine will yell in unison for a side of steam broccoli over French fries any day of the week. But I don’t mind them eating some amount of processed foods at the same time. By the time the book ended I could really appreciate where Pinneo went with the story. She really conveyed how we as moms do have our things we feel strongly about and truthfully we all look for some shortcuts along the way and we each need to find the ones that work for us and not judge each other. This really hit home for me and I couldn't agree more! A book mom’s can really appreciate (and some recipes in there too, I can’t wait to make my shopping list this week)!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We read this for book club, and it was a great choice. There's plenty to discuss--motherhood, the organic food movement, responsibility. And the book is funny, too!