This is the second review on my list but the first book. I found out about this book- Confections Of A Closet Master Baker by Gesine Bullock-Prado- through Girlichef. I loved her review and I immediately wanted to get my hands on the book. And I did.
This book is a true story about a woman who once lived in Hollywood and worked with the pretty people. She was unhappy with her job and lifestyle and longed for more so she moved with the love of her life, Ray, to Vermont. To open her own bakery.
It's a story about life, her family, growing up in Germany, and her love of baking. It's a beautiful read and written with heart and soul. She speaks of her mother who passed away from cancer and how she inspired her through her own baking. She reflects upon her time in Germany spent with her grandmother and the breaks they would take every day at 3pm to enjoy coffee and cake.
This book was funny- she's funny!, it was sad, it was inspiring and did I mention there are recipes that coordinate with every chapter? Yup, there are! I found myself at work reading this book and not wanting to put it down. It made me hungry and I wanted to go home and bake instead of changing diapers. Do you blame me? I also found myself dreaming of my own bakery. With every page I turned I kept thinking of what I'd name it. And if I ever do open up my own bakery, I know what I'll name it and I have to thank Gesine for opening up my mind to that possibility. Don't ask, I'm not telling you :-)
For all you foodies and book lovers out there, I highly recommend this book to you. Add it to your Christmas lists or give it as a gift. It will not disappoint.