Sunday, July 12, 2009

Confections of a Closet Master Baker

Confections of a Closet Master Baker Confections of a Closet Master Baker by Gesine Bullock-Prado

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book wasn't what I expected.

I was expecting a self-absorbed, boutique-ey book about someone who fancied themselves a baker.

Instead I was plunged into Gesine Bullock-Prado's memoir of her exodus from the shallow Hollywood world she had found herself in, to a self-created temple of baking delight in Montpelier, Vermont.

This is DEEP baking. Her grasp of why baking matters, what in means to the baker and the consumer, is breathtaking. There is sadness, joy, excitement, boredom,and life here. There are crazy coffee shop regulars and beloved dogs. There is family, roommates, hospital stays and holiday meals. There are trips to bakeries in Vienna and the morning ritual at home. And there are recipes.

It's a measure of how I feel about this book that I seriously want to make all the recipes in it. (Usually recipes in books aren't very tempting to me.) While there are a few people I'd like to pass this on to, they're not going to see it - I've got some baking to do...

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Just realized I had got the title of this wrong. Confections, not confessions. My father the wordplay artist will be disappointed.


SnowLeopard said...

Funny! I just wrote a review on a my favorite baking (bread) cookbook too! (Not that was a cookbook, but close enough. :) This sounds awesome! Share? Pretty please with dusted powdered sugar on top?

Anna said...

Hi Turi,

I just finished Gesine's book and agree with your assessment wholeheartedly. What I wanted to tell you was I did the same thing. I read Confections as Confessions and didn't realize it for months. My brain just registered it as Confessions. I even had a link from my blog to Gesine's saying "Confessions".