Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Julia's Child Book Review

When I was growing up I was a total bookworm. I loved to read and I always spent all my free time reading. I would beg my mom to take me to the library almost everyday. When I got to college that all changed. I got burned out from all the boring text books I had to read and I didn't really have much free time anyway. Recently I was sent a copy of Julia's Child to review and I was very happy to get back into the swing of reading.

"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 tricky as Julia must face a ninety-two-pound TV diva, an ill-timed protest rally, and a room full of one hundred lactating breasts. Will she get her big break before her family reaches the breaking point? In the end, it is a story about motherhood's choices: organic versus local, paper versus plastic, staying at home versus risking it all." 

I loved this book, it kept me laughing the entire time. I was hooked after the first page and I ended up reading instead of sewing/crafting. I think any mom or business woman can relate to the main character in the book, Julia, and the struggles she faced. Another great part of this book is that it includes a bunch of healthy recipes for toddlers and moms alike. I was sad when I read the last chapter because it was like saying goodbye to a good friend. I can't wait for Sarah's next book and I highly recommend you go out and get a copy of Julia's Child for yourself.

Sarah was wonderful enough to send me a toddler friendly recipe to share with you all, she is a cookbook author and food writer after all. You can follow Sarah on her website, her Facebook page, or Twitter.

Wylie’s Whole Wheat Gingerbread Play Dough
By Sarah Pinneo

When my older son was four, he always wanted to make gingerbread cookies. Of course, his favorite part was rolling out the dough. He wasn’t the one who had to stand in front of the oven checking batch after batch. To give his obsession another outlet, I realized that I could make the preschooler play dough experience much more realistic. I developed this gingerbread play dough recipe for his amusement. As I wrote Julia’s Child, I enjoyed finding a way to work this family stand-by into the book. Another thing you can do with this recipe is to make it up as a gift for others—put all the dry ingredients in a clean spaghetti sauce jar, and tape the instructions to the lid. Et voila, a handmade gift.

1 cup whole wheat (or any other kind of) flour
½ cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (for color)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon powdered ginger
½ teaspoon grated cloves
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Have your child stir the dry ingredients together in a saucepan for as long as it interests him. (Tip: toddler + large spoon = flour flung about the kitchen. Give your child a chopstick or a fork to stir with. You can thank me later.)
Add the water and vegetable oil, and then stir.
On the stove, stir over medium heat for 3–5 minutes, until you see the play dough form a skin on the bottom when flipped. Turn it out of the pan and knead when cool enough to handle. Dough keeps well in an airtight container.

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