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Julia's Child: A Novel [Paperback]

Sarah Pinneo

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Book Description

Jan. 31 2012

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

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1 Original edition (Jan. 31 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452297311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452297319
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,387,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Julia's Child Feb. 23 2012
By Samantha J - Published on Amazon.com
Julia Bailey is a true mompreneur, a wife and mother of two boys who is desperately trying to get her business off the ground. After having her first son and actually thinking about what food and fillers she was putting into his system, she knew she wanted to do better. And Julia's Child was born - a company that makes organic toddler meals, showing young kids that vegetables deserve a chance. But how much will Julia sacrifice to see her products on Whole Foods shelves? Her husband is missing her, her kids are spending more time with the nanny, and someone is now trying to sabotage Julia's vegetable fields. Can Julia do it all?

I had a lot of fun reading this debut from Sarah Pinneo. Julia was such a great character, sometimes a little uptight and one-minded, but all for good reason. I sometimes feel like her - being twisted in so many directions and trying to be an entrepreneur and keep my head above water - and I don't have a husband or kids! I give her many kudos for what she was trying to achieve. I have to say, I think my favorite character was actually Julia's husband, Luke. It's so common now to read books where the husband eventually leaves or is caught with the nanny. Luke was a true man, a loving husband, and a wonderful father. The little boys made a great addition to the book as well.

The ending had me a bit befuddled. The last few chapters felt a bit rushed to me, and I kept having to Google terms so I could understand what was happening to Julia and her business. It would have been nice if some of the corporate terms were explained a bit so I knew more of what was going on, but that was really my only issue with the book. This is a strong debut from Pinneo, and I'll be sure to read more from her. Even if you are not a mom, I think this book should go on your to-read list - it's a good one!

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Carl Hiassen Was a NYC Mom Feb. 2 2012
By K. J. DellAntonia - Published on Amazon.com
If Carl Hiassen wrote about Upper West Side and Brooklyn parents instead of the Florida Everglades, this is the comedy he'd produce. It's a thoroughly researched, passionate skewering of what it means to try to be the right kind of mother in a particular place at a particular time, what it is to take risks on a business and a belief, and what it is to have to rely on the big machines of publicity and financing to succeed. Ironic, bubbly, funny--a really good read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars didn't love it! Feb. 11 2012
By Josefa Wann - Published on Amazon.com
Although I enjoyed the book, I found Julia to be selfish and having a one track mind without giving much thought to her long suffering husband (1st prize for patience), her nanny, her business partner, or ultimately her sons. It's only about me, me, me! She should be more like her mother.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't just sample. . . Jan. 31 2012
By Rosemary DiBattista - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
but take great big bites of Julia's Child, Sarah Pinneo's warm and witty fiction debut. Pinneo explores a dilemma familiar to females everywhere--love vs. work--in a way that is smart and fun. With a likable protagonist and a great cast of secondary characters, Julia's Child plays like best sort of thirties screwball comedy, one with both a heart AND a brain.

You'll root for Julia as she struggles to realize her dream, wish Marta were your best friend, and maybe crush just a little on her husband Luke. More than anything, though, you'll recognize her as she struggles to balance her love for her family with her professional goals. Whether Foodie Mom or SUV Suburbanite, there's a little bit of Julia in all of us.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read June 20 2012
By Word Farmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I admit, I reaceived this book for free from the publisher ]won in a contest] BUT I entered the contest because I had heard great things about the book. I was NOT disappointed. It was fun, touching and entertaining all at once. I come home from work too tired to read for long. But this had me up way too late!!!

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