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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: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,212,663 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.

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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
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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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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Kay on March 1, 2012
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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)!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danielle M. Smith VINE VOICE on February 18, 2012
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When successful entrepreneur and mom Julia Bailey goes into business for herself she pores every ounce available into it, including the time she once spent with her family. Opening her new business "Julia's Child" only became a dream after the birth of her two children, but her business sense came long before that. With a team consisting of only her and her new friend Marta, Julia develops an organic line of food for toddlers that quickly has them both working around the clock. In a matter of a few months her life is quickly turned upside down and she's left wondering if what everyone else feeds their children is really that important.

Julia's Child was such a pleasure to read. Not only was it based on a topic that is close to my heart, but the writing was superb. Within pages Sarah Pinneo's writing had me caught up in Julia Bailey's life & new found business and I couldn't help but want to keep reading until the very last pages were finished. Sarah's characters were fantastic and I especially loved her husband Luke. Now, Julia could actually become a bit annoying at times but thankfully another great character emerged in her new business partner Marta who helped balance her out. There was even more to it than that including a mother that couldn't be more different, a nanny who gets herself into her own bit of snafus, and her two adorable little kiddos. Overall the entire cast of characters coupled with the writing made for a spectacular read and one I won't soon forget.

Speaking to the actual subject matter of the story I'll say I was pleasantly surprised. I'm actually quite fortunate in that I live in an area on the coast of California known for it's abundance of fresh locally grown organic produce as well as numerous farmer's markets weekly.
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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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