xoxoxoe’s #CBR4 Review #39: Julia’s Child, by Sarah Pinneo
Sarah Pinneo’s debut novel, Julia’s Child, is an entertaining read which charts the trials and tribulations of Manhattanite Julia Bailey, a mother of two young boys who is struggling to make a success out of her small start-up organic food business, called Julia’s Child. Julia is torn between wanting to provide the best, healthiest food for her family and starting a demanding business which keeps pulling her away from any quality time she might spend with them.
Pinneo accurately portrays the fear that underlies a lot of modern parenting — what exactly are we offering our children when we take the fast or easy way out to prepare a meal? She isn’t afraid to poke a little fun at the extremes of organic products, and whether they are truly organic. The book at times reads more like documentary than fiction, as Julia must surmount many obstacles in order to make her business a success and keep her wares organic. In fact, Julia’s struggles with production and distribution of her products makes one wish it were based on a true story, so that we could sample some of the foods mentioned. Luckily, Pinneo also peppers the novel with recipes for Julia’s “muffets” and other creations, which not only adds a nice touch, but enables a reader with talents in the kitchen to whip up their own.
From the author’s page on Amazon: 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.
Anyone with an interest in organic food and eating in a more healthy, responsible way should be interested in Julia’s journey. You don’t need to be a mother of young children to enjoy Julia’s Child, but some of Julia’s encounters and observations of modern mommy culture will be better appreciated if you are traveling or have traveled that road.
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