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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1 Original edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452297311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452297319
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,654,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hilarious and moving, I actually missed my subway stop reading Julia's Child. Any parent will relate to Julia's triumphs and misadventures." --ALICE BRADLEY, blogger at Finslippy.com, and coauthor of Let's Panic About Babies.

"Pinneo skewers the cult of the child with an insider's eye. A witty, well-plotted fiction debut." 
--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY


Peppered with real recipes and the kind of convincing details expected from a food writer. [A] foodie take on I Don't Know How She Does It
--KIRKUS REVIEWS


Pinneo, a cookbook author who used to work on Wall Street, has seamlessly blended her two interests into this cute fiction debut. Well written, well paced, and very absorbing. 
--LIBRARY JOURNAL

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 Hanover, New Hampshire.

More About the Author

Sarah Pinneo worked in finance for more than a decade before making the transition from breadwinner to bread baker. Sarah writes about food and sustainability for lifestyle publications including The Boston Globe Magazine and Edible Communities. She has lived in Grand Rapids, MI, New York City, Ludlow, VT and now Hanover, NH, where the occasional moose or bear wanders through her yard.

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This book is pure fun.
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I loved all the characters in this Julia's Child, they were well developed and very personable.
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You will giggle, and you will want it to go on and on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samantha J on February 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. J. DellAntonia on February 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Josefa Wann on February 11, 2012
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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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary DiBattista on January 31, 2012
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Word Farmer on June 20, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By julie on April 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. As a mom of a small child, a worker outside the home, and a person concerned about the environment, a lot of the themes of the book resonated with me. It made me think about important issues, but at the same time the book was very entertaining and uplifting. I really enjoyed that combination--social-issues depth plus plain interesting fun. It's just what I've been looking for, to read in order to unwind at the end of a long day. The only caveat, in my opinion, is that the book starts out a bit slow, but it really picks up the pace and actually is action-crammed by the end--so I hope others don't give up after the first couple chapters, because they'll miss out on a very good story. I really liked it! Worth a read for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K Britton on April 9, 2012
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A fast, fun, and timely read about Julia, a young mother attempting to bring a line of organic food for children to the marketplace -- while raising her two children, running an organic farm in Vermont, and holding her marriage together. Pinneo, who clearly knows her way around the business world, is at her absolute best whenever Wylie, Julia's two-year old son, is "on stage;" her Halloween scene was laugh-out-loud funny. A must-read for mother's with youngsters and a dream.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Bunker on March 23, 2012
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I so like Miss Pinneo's novel, for the following reason. It beautifully defines and portrays a particular moment in history, when (after so many years of neglect) American women of intellect and charm suddenly discovered the joys of real food, for their lucky children. And in Brooklyn, of all places. Just one thing: I do hope Miss Pinneo will extend her culinary domain to encompass the recipes of Elizabeth David. Our very own British foodie avatar.
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