Charming is the word that comes to mind when I think about “Julia’s Child” by Sarah Pinneo post read. Julia Barnes is a mom, wife and mompreneur that hatched an idea for a company based on food options she could not find on the shelves for her boys. Julia’s Child is a business that develops, produces and sells organic, healthy and tasty food products targeted for toddlers.
Julia is married to Luke and they have two adorable boys Jasper and Wylie. Her company has one employee Marta who is smart and should in my mind receive an Oscar nod for supporting role, you will have to forgive me I have Oscar on the brain. Additional characters that deserve mention: Bonnie the live in nanny; Mr. Partucci who has questionable business endeavors that stores her treats; Kai Travers the Whole Foods guy in the Northeast; GPC a conglomerate that could be her sell out or salvation. And of course Zia Maria who brought Julia and Marta together with her program to train welfare moms and turns her kitchen into an incubator when her restaurant is closed.
Another star of the book besides it cast of characters is the writing, I cannot recall how many times I uttered “that was smart writing” while reading JULIA’S CHILD. To share, these two examples are straight out of chapter 1: “What I needed was the patron saint of stage fright and poorly funded business ventures.” and “…even the playdough is whole grain”. And lets not forget “The Scene” and its health conscious <100 lb. host “Lizzie Hefflespeck,” that puts Julia on the national map. I just happened to be at the gym reading this chapter when the real life version was on the air and had another good chuckle.
JULIA’S CHILD chronicles the journey of one woman with an idea to bring organic toddler food to the masses through the maze of first time entrepreneurship. Julia is driven but she is also torn between her roles as mom and emptying the family’s bank account too. With every success that Julia’s Child reaches there is another setback that threatens the end of the business. Pinneo does an excellent job celebrating the many hats of Barnes while sharing the struggle for balance and also the desire to succeed.
For every mother who has struggled with the many daily hats you wear this read is for you. For any entrepreneur out there wondering if today is the day or why you ever went down this path this read is for you. For any foodie who leans to the organic side you will love the recipes that come included for no extra charge. For any woman that has doubted herself this is a must read. You know you have a good read when you are not the intended audience but you still cannot wait to return to its pages.
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Special notes and thank yous:
KMSPR for putting together this wonderful author tour and including me in the schedule: http://kmspr.com/
Plume books for publishing and providing this book: http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/publishers/adult/plume.html
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