Tuesday, June 8, 2010

My Life From Scratch: A Sweet Journey of Starting Over, One Cake at a Time

The paperback version of Confections of a Closet Master Baker is out today. It's been renamed "My Life From Scratch: A Sweet Journey of Starting Over, One Cake at a Time" but it's the same content, just a different title and a soft, luxurious cover.

Here's the review from Publisher's Weekly:

From Publishers Weekly

In this terrifically lively account chockfull of elegant, Old World recipes, Bullock-Prado, a former Hollywood film developer and sister to actress Sandra Bullock, recounts the joys and heartbreaks of running her own patisserie in Montpelier, Vt. Having fled the soul-sucking routine in Los Angeles with her husband, Ray, for the simpler pleasures of a small town near the Green Mountains, the author opened her own bake shop, Gesine Confectionary, in 2004, mostly on the fame of the macaroons she refashioned from her German mother's favorite almond treat, mandelhoernchen (and the casual mention in an interview her sister did for In Style). Although a law school graduate, Bullock-Prado always relished playing with sugar, butter, and flour and concocts an affectionate homage to her mother, who recently died from colon cancer, and grandmother. Her memoir follows one day in a busy baker's life, from waking at three a.m. to prepare the batter (croissants, scones, sticky buns) and bake before opening shop at seven; through the hectic lunch (focaccia); and the three p.m. tea time. In subtly compelling prose, the master baker conveys her touching sense of responsibility for the emotional needs of [her] patrons, and offers mouthwatering recipes. (Sept.)
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In celebration, I'm going to send a signed copy along with some macaroons to the 7th commenter. Sadly, this is limited to those living within the United States.