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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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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 (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,843,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Julia Bailey has a whole lot on her plate. Not only is she a New York City mom and wife, she is also running a floundering business, Julia’s Child, an organic food line for toddlers. She works long days concocting healthy, but appealing meals for children, while attempting to get her line into some big time stores such as Whole Foods, but can’t seem to catch a break, or make a profit. Then, by chance, she gets to appear on a popular talk show, and things start looking up for her struggling business. Can she juggle all of her responsibilities and keep her head? Can she finally succeed enough in business to stop draining the savings account? This debut novel takes us into the mind and heart of an every day mother just trying to make her place in the world.

First off, I’m incredibly impressed that this is Pinneo’s debut novel. The writing is really great and the author seems like a seasoned pro. Additionally, I thought this was a pretty unique story. It takes the typical “busy mom living in the city” story and turns it on its head. I can’t say I’ve ever read anything else that features an organic toddler food line and I think it was so cool that she added this element in to make for something unique. So, I liked that a lot… and now I want some muffets.

I also really liked Julia herself. She was a really sympathetic character and I found myself rooting for her the whole way. I felt terrible knowing that her business wasn’t doing well, and I felt elated when she got several “big breaks.” I admired her spirit and tenacity, most of all.

My one complaint with the novel was the pacing for me. At times, I felt it was a little bit slow and not very exciting. I do understand why that is, though.
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I just finished reading Julia's Child and I am craving more. Yes, the story made me wish Muffets were available at the local grocery store, but I wanted to know even more about Julia and her family. How will she do in the corporate world? How do things fare for her business partner? Will her husband's dream come true? Will her kids continue on the path she has set out for them, continuing to eat organic and local well in to adulthood? Sarah Pinneo's debut novel is a triumph and I look forward to more stories cooked up in her kitchen. Until then, I'll cherish the world she's created in Julia's Child. And, follow her recipe for ORGANIC Squash-Carrot-Raisin Muffets to keep me satisfied until the next novel. KUDOS SARAH!
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