By Guest Writer, Sarah Pinneo
I’m a food journalist and a cookbook author. Julia’s Child: A Novel was my first work of fiction. It was great fun to write a story about a mother struggling with her ambitions, her toddler, and with the price of organic vanilla.
Of all the pressures of motherhood, the ones we heap upon ourselves are often the heaviest. Julia has to learn, between the first and last pages, how to balance her goals with her sanity. But before she can, she will have to face a room full of 100 lactating breasts, a 92 pound TV diva and a pot smoking organic inspector.
When I finished the story, I realized that it would be great fun to include some of Julia’s recipes. The trouble was, Julia’s best fictional successes were for tasty baked goods called “muffets.” In the book, Julia is very proud of the fact that muffets contain very little added sugar. But when it came time to write the recipes for the book, it was harder than I thought to create low sugar recipes that I actually wanted to eat.