Book Review: Julia’s Child {Giveaway!}

A longtime reader and lover of fiction, I’ve actually read way more in the way of nonfiction in the last few years it seems. Between marriage and parenting, cooking, baking, gardening, sewing, food choices and other lifestyle topics, I’ve been immersed in the world of learning more and more.

I’ve enjoyed most of the books I’ve read recently, but I’ve missed reading just for fun.

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that the topics we write about at Simple Organic just don’t usually lend themselves to the fiction genre… usually.

But sometimes… they do! Read on to discover a fun, relevant novel that I recently devoured.

When fellow blogger and cookbook author Sarah Pinneo contacted me about reviewing her new book, Julia’s Child, I jumped at the chance to read a novel whose cover reads, “Take one organic food venture. Add two kids. Season with mayhem.”

Julia’s Child is an entertaining book, entwined with many of the values that I myself hold dear. While I don’t personally relate to the working mom/entrepreneurial aspect of the main character Julia Bailey, I can certainly see myself as one of the women “who’s wondered if buying that six-dollar box of organic crackers makes her a hero or a sucker.”

The choices we make for ourselves and our families are complicated, and Julia’s Child applies humor to the complications of wanting to feed our children healthy, real food in a world dominated by Happy Meals.

The book didn’t exactly end how I expected, but it did confirm the fact that we each have to weigh out the choices in our life, and decide what priorities we’re going to focus on for the time being.

Now, I’m sure I’m not the only one who likes to read the back of the box about the natural food companies whose snacks I sometimes bring home. I love it when I see that the companies started small in a garage somewhere or are using recipes passed down from generations before.

If you’re like me, then you’ll be interested in knowing that when Sarah emailed me, she told me about how in her research for the novel, she actually interviewed real-life mom(and dad)-preneurs who sell organic food products. You can read about some of these companies and how they got their start over on Sarah’s blog.

And as a bonus, the novel is peppered with recipes throughout that I can’t wait to try for my own kiddos (and myself!).

About Sarah and Julia’s Child

Cookbook author Sarah Pinneo delves into the delicious world of fiction with her hilarious first novel, JULIA’S CHILD, being published by Plume in February 2012. Sarah is a food journalist, and is also the co-author of The Ski House Cookbook.

 Perfect for foodie and all-natural mamas, Julia’s Child examines motherhood’s choices: organic vs. local, paper vs. plastic, staying at home vs. risking it all. 


Today, one lucky Simple Organic reader is going to win a copy of Julia’s Child.

How to enter:

1. {Mandatory} Leave a comment telling us your favorite food as a child (or your child’s favorite food).

2. {Bonus} Follow Sarah on Twitter or Facebook and leave a comment telling us.

Open to US Residents only, the giveaway will end on Friday, March 2 at midnight PST.

I heartily recommend this fun book, so if you don’t win, be sure to request it at your library, or pick up a copy for yourself as a little literary treat.

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About Nicole

Nicole can be found blogging at her lifestyle blog, and is the editor of Simple Homemade. She loves to read, sew, make ice cream, take pictures, watch baseball and go for walks by the beach with her hubby and three little kiddos. She loves anything handmade and is affectionately known as a bit of a hippie among family and friends.


  1. my kids favourite food is burritos, esp pan-fried burritos

  2. book sounds great! I loved (and still do) grapes, especially frozen, and so does by daughter!

  3. My favorite food as a child was chicken casserole!

  4. My kids love quesadillas
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  5. My favorite childhood food was fish sticks. Molten on the outside, still frozen on the inside. Thankfully my tastes have changed!

  6. My favorite food as a child was definitely chicken nuggets.

  7. My favorite food was perogies and my daughters would have to be pizza!

  8. My favorite food was chicken and dumplings.

  9. Strange, but true – my daughter’s favorite food is ham :)

  10. My favorite food as a kid was “green” ice cream. (lime sherbert).

  11. This sounds like a great book! I have been reading too much non-fiction as of late…and instead have switched to mindless teen fantasy :-) My favorite food growing up has to be lobster…hands down. I do live in Maine after all!
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  12. i’m following on facebook
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  13. and now on twitter @townsendhouse1
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  14. My favorite food is barbacoa burritos with avocados!

  15. Tater tots!

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  16. I liked Sarah on Facebook (Beth Book Review).

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  17. With the expectancy of our first baby, I too have been reading mostly nonfiction: how to green the house and yard, what to expect during pregnancy and labor, what diapers and other products are best, etc. I think I need to relax with some good fiction!

    My favorite childhood food was (and still is) Mom’s homemade whole-wheat bread, fresh from the oven, with a dollop of butter and jam.
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  18. My favorite food as a child was tacos!! And I still love tacos!

    My 22-month-old loves cheese!
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  19. This book sounds like a fun read. I’d love to win it. Thank you for the opportunity. My girls favorite food for the past couple years has been seaweed.

  20. Peanut butter and sweet pickle sandwiches made by my grandmother. And my Dad’s chili. Makes me smile just thinking about them :)
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  21. Jessica Croft says:

    Baked mac and cheese with the crunchy breadcrumb top!

  22. My favorite food as a child was probably my mom’s mashed potatoes…they are still amazing today!
    -Kelly Elizabeth

  23. Always hard for me to pick a favorite…but I’ll say a meal of fried chicken, sweet corn and green beans, fresh from our farm/garden.

  24. probably PB & J, for all of us!

  25. Lawana Gray says:

    Pancakes! Hands down! :)

  26. Oh, it is hard to name just one, but I guess my mom’s potato salad. As for my babies – cheesesticks for sure. :>)

  27. Sounds like such a fun book! Do I have to pick just one? hmmm…probably tacos. I remember me and my stepbrother having taco eating contests. I still love a good taco!

  28. Following Sarah on twitter!

  29. I loved fresh raspberries from my grandparent’s garden!

  30. my daughters favorite food would be ziti.

    I am a follower on facebook.

  31. nopinkhere says:

    As a child I loved eggs (scrambled, hard-boiled, etc.), but now as an adult I can’t stand eggs by themselves. It’s a texture thing.

  32. My 8 YO is in love with broiled cod…can’t get enough!!

  33. I follow Sarah on fb…thanks~

  34. something I try and resist giving to my kids now :) “noonies” …. pasta and butter.

  35. My favorite food as a child was spaghetti.
    My son’s is edamame!

  36. loved strawberries!

  37. My three youngest love bananas. But my seven-year old son’s favorite food is sushi! I’m glad he’s adventurous, but I can afford way more bananas than sushi.

  38. My favorite food as a kid was spaghetti and meatballs. It still is actually.

  39. Lyndsey Gentile says:

    I loved having breakfast for dinner as a child. Ham steaks with eggs, toast and home fries. It felt like my family was celebrating a secret holiday when my mom would announce, “breakfast for dinner!”

  40. sacha scherrer says:

    when i was little, my favorite food was chicken croquets… my chilren wouldn’t touch them now ~ but they do love homemade garlicky kale chips!!!

  41. My mom made this dish called chicken aucapulco. I think she made it up…

  42. I LOVED home made pizza night as a kid. Now we make pizza with our daughter every Friday. She’s always excited for pizza.

  43. Kathi P. says:

    My favorite food as a child was apples with peanut butter.

  44. The book sounds delicious! My favorite food as a little kid was pancakes, and as an older kid (don’t laugh) was stuffed cabbage.
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  45. Elizabeth says:

    my favorite food was a chicken noodle casserole my mom made

  46. Elizabeth says:

    following on fb

  47. strawberry shortcake :) Yum!
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  48. Felicia says:

    My oldest (11) daughters favorite food is roasted brussel sprouts and my youngest (8) DD is green smoothies made with kale & pineapple. My favorite food growing up was watermelon.
    Thanks for the review, it sounds like a great read!

  49. Chicken and Dumplings!

  50. Kara E. says:

    I can’t remember back to when I was very young, but I’m sure in the late grade school years I loved mom’s chili and scalloped potatoes and ham (it’s kind of a casserole dish). I make both today (guess I still love them, eh?). I’m not sure I had favorites for the warmer months. Maybe watermelon.