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Julia's Child

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  548 ratings  ·  113 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 279 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Plume Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Amanda Kay
May 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
Ugh. Part of me didn't even want to finish this. Julia is not a character I can even remotely relate to, mostly because I'm not an overprivileged, organic Nazi, who acts entitled. What is supposed to be a story about a mom who creates a business, struggles and makes it, is actually a story of someone who cares only about herself and her own needs. Pinneo's writing is laborious, as if she took a summer creative writing course and has now decided this is her calling. Two stars and that's pushing ...more
Laura Kay Bolin
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Tanya Eby
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-m-the-narrator
This is a Cinderella tale for working moms. Struggling entrepeneur working mom is trying to get her business "Julia's Child" more than off the ground...she wants it to float into every food aisle of Whole Foods. While I didn't really personally connect with Julia and where she's at in her life, I did enjoy visiting her world of upper-incom Manhattanites who dream green and dream big. Pinneo's writing is vibrant and clear, easy to read, and the book is filled with a lot of behind-the-scenes info ...more
Viviane Crystal
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Julia Bailey is a stay-at-home Mom who takes the topic of her children's nutrition quite seriously, but her kids are slow to get the point and frequently pose comical and crazy questions that challenge Julia on a daily basis - very funny often! But Julia's trying to start a new business with an organic food company named Julia's Child! What's the focus - healthy eating - cheese and vegetables into the most unusual products like pancakes and muffins. It may not be such a new idea now but it's ...more
Kim Justice
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
My Review:

To start my review for Julia's Child, I will state that at first it took me a little while to get into the book. Then after I started to get into it, Julia's Child lost my attention again. My daughter loaned it to me thinking that I would like it. I did finish it, but just because of her.

The story to me was kinda slow. Mostly was about Julia getting over her fears of almost every thing she was trying to do. I know we all do think about like this when there is something big we are
Lucie Simone
Mar 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-won
Many bloggers had raved about this book, and I was lucky enough to win a copy from The Chick Lit Bee (thanks!), but it just didn't wow me like I'd hoped. It is well written and I could totally relate to Julia's struggle to manage her small business (I own a small press and often wonder what the hell I got myself into), but I felt the story lacked real drama. I also found it fairly preachy at times and rather self-indulgent, and I was regularly really irritated with Julia's obsessiveness about ...more
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Ok, really 2 1/2 stars. This was a fun enough read, but smacked of propaganda. Way too many not so subtle references to organic food, never feeding your kids sugar or processed food or fast food, lots of food chopping, with kids, dad, everyone. Even her relationship with her parents was weird... She treated them so condescendingly, and of course their opinion of her food habits was that she was too intense about it. It all ended too tidily and unrealistically. Seemed too easy. But, still, I had ...more
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Light fiction about a young mom with a dream: to market her organic-but-tasty baby food. She puts a lot on the line to realize her dream, jeopardizing relationships with her husband, kids, and babysitter; taking financial risks; taking advantage of her one employee. There are a few parallels to the movie "Baby Boom" with Diane Keaton. It's an enjoyable novel and there are even a few recipes included. In some ways I think the author stopped JUST short of a hilarious satire with this one. A fun ...more
Jessica Lahey
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Julia's Child is a really fun read, particularly as I saw so many people I know in this book. The characters are funny and true, and Pinneo's voice is strong and confident in this novel.
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When you see a novel titled Julia’s Child you’re going to assume it’s going to be a) about food and b) perhaps somehow related to the real Julia Child, a chef and television personality. Julia’s Child is indeed about food, but not as I expected it as rather than being about the type of food Julia Child herself produced, it’s instead a novel about children’s food, as Julia Bailey cooks organic treats and snacks for children. It wasn’t necessarily what I expected and when I saw it was a novel ...more
Karen White
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: won-it

From the Publisher:
“A delectable comedy for every woman who has ever wondered if buying that $6 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 with names like Gentle Lentil and Give Peas a Chance. But before she realizes her dream of seeing them on the shelves of Whole Foods, she will have to make peace between her professional
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
I don't remember where I heard about this book exactly. All I can remember is that I read about it on a blog somewhere and marked it as to-read; something about it must have caught my attention. I've recently started going through my to-read list to check if our library carries the books. Its mostly been a frustrating process, lots of dead ends. Then lo and behold, the library actually had a book!

Julia's Child is a first person narrative of a mother and struggling organic entrepreneur. Its an

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
Samantha March
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-reads
This book was just ok. As a non-earthy/crunchy type, I was glad the main character wasn't too preachy about being green and all that. But seriously, she's all against "processed foods" but that's what she's doing. Making food for other people to buy. Duh.

Julia was just so scatter brained it was amazing that she ever got anything done in the book. And truly, she rarely does without tons of help from her nanny, her employee, her husband. She's not self-reliant, independent or entrepreneurial. I
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Julia, a "can I have it all" mom, leaves her job on Wall Street to start an small business in Brooklyn, marketing organic, toddler-friendly foods. At a small business incubator, she meets Marta, and together they try to keep the business afloat. Can they achieve solvency, get the product onto the shelves of Whole Foods Market, while managing their multiple family responsibilities?

This book is a light frothy read with a lot of humor---and some delicious-looking recipes---but the dilemmas Julia
Ali (Ali's Bookshelf )
I love stories like this one, stories about a strong woman that tries so hard to hold everything together. A woman who tries to and does an amazing job of juggling her own business and her family at the same time, even with its really tough not seeing her family all the time.

Julia's Child is a book that will surprise you though. Inside its pages you will not only find an incrediable story, but also some great recipe's.

Julia is a very inspiring character. Like I said above she stands up for
Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received Julia's Child in a Goodreads Giveaway. I was really looking forward to reading it and it did not disappoint me. I am a mother of 3 young children and although I am not struggling to start my own business as well as raise my children, I was able to relate to Julia. This is a very "green" book, but I did not feel that it was overdone. It was very informative and contains quite a few healthy recipes. Julia had the same concerns for her children and for their health as I do for my ...more
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
When Julia Bailey launches a line of organic Muffet snacks for children, she has a whole new world to deal with. Like product presentations to rooms full of mothers and screaming infants, trade shows that exclude her because her company's too small, and offers from corporations she's not sure she can trust. Plus she's got all the problems of a working mother, with a vanishing nanny, angry notes about kiddie snacks from fellow tenants, kids who barge in to interrupt when she's cooking, and a cell ...more
- clever title
- easy to sympathize with the protagonist and want her to "win", and liked it that in the end, she recognized that moms are generally all just trying to do their best at a difficult job, and there is no need for us to be judgmental with each other
- easily recognizable frustrations/urban landscape for many readers

- felt like this couldn't quite decide what it wanted to be: novel? how-to-feed-your-child instruction manual? cookbook? healthy eating manifesto? As a result it
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Julia is a New York City mom with two young boys who is running a fledgling business creating healthy meals for toddlers. She is desperately trying to balance it all and make good on the investment her husband made in her business but despite long hours and some great ideas (Give Peas a Chance), Julia is just barely holding it all together. When an appearance on a morning television show brings unexpected attention and opportunities to Julia and her business, success is within striking distance. ...more
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Julia's Child is a pretty good book, I generally don't like stories about families or ladies with kids but this one was quite enjoyable.

The recipes add a personal touch though I really do wish there were a lot more - but the author wrote them in a way that made you feel like she was speaking to you.

A few of the parts dragged a bit but for the most part the book was well paced and very entertaining - especially the hispanic lady and the people of Brooklyn you see in passing through the book.

May 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I didn't realize we'd be jumping right into the story, Julia Bailey is already set up with her organic food for toddlers business, selling to small local markets in Brooklyn. Now, she's trying to decide if she should take the next step and grow her business even more. Without her co-worker, Marta, I don't think Julia would have succeeded as well. When a chance to be interviewed on a morning tv show arises, it's Marta that preps Julia to face the audience. There were some great characters in this ...more
Feb 06, 2012 marked it as to-read
Recommended by Alice Bradley of finslippy:
"Julia's Child is, simply, a delightful romp. In fact I used the phrase "delightful romp" in the blurb I was asked to write for it, but then the author was all maybe you should read it first? And I was like, what? I haven't blurbed before, I mean, shut up, fine. And guess what I WAS RIGHT it was. DELIGHTFUL. ROMPY. I didn't put that in the blurb, though, because really. I did add that I missed my subway stop because I was so absorbed in reading the book,
Mary Mccarthy
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book.... It made me constantly think of "Comfy Bummy Diapers" days :). But I didn't have the luxury of a nanny, so I probably have even more laughable stories to share :). Love the granola moms vs. "Emily" type of moms. And in the end, I liked how she showed that every mom has their "ick" factor in parenting, whether that be food, nannies, etc. I also ended up selling my business after six years, and I loved the part about Julia negotiating the sale!! Just a very real book ...more
Elizabeth Whitehead
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it
I received this book as an Advanced Readers Copy from Goodreads. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I had heard that it was a good light and quick read and also that it was too "green" for some. I enjoyed the book. It was a quick and light read. It does have a lot of green in it. But it is well written and does make the reader think about the environment and what we are eating as well as what we feed our kids. I think young moms will enjoy this book as well as the included recipes.
Elizabeth Periale
Aug 01, 2012 rated it liked it

"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."
Mar 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Cute book about a Brooklyn mother (Julia) who owns a company that makes healthy convenience food for kids. The books central conflict is that she is overworked and can't make the business profitable, so the reasons for having a company (flexibility, more time with her two young kids) do not apply as she tries to grow the company. The book was interesting in terms of watching her business struggles, but it was pretty light overall. Enjoyable, but not particularly realistic.
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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, and now Hanover, NH, where the occasional moose or bear wanders through her yard.

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