Monday, November 2, 2009

Memoir Mondays... Confections of a Closet Master Baker by Gesine Bullock-Prado

"A former Hollywood insider trades the Hollywood Hills for Green Acres—and lives to tell about it in this hilarious, poignant treat of a memoir"

Gesine Bullock-Prado gave up the designer clothes, the Red Carpet walks and life as a Hollywood schmoozer (almost all of which she hated) for her true calling- Baking! Gesine comes out of the closet in her book Confections of a Closet Master Baker to share with us her journey from unhappy Hollywood insider to life as a baker in Vermont and it is simply delicious!

The writing, the recipes, and Gesine Bullock-Prado's wry sense of humor is all delectable! Chapters are arranged by hours, as we weave our way through a typical day as a baker with Gesine, starting at 3:30am, the witching hour. Sprinkled between the stories of Gesine's adventures in baking and the interesting cast of characters that make up her world, are the the wonderful recipes for treats such as Apfelkuchen and Raspberry Meringues, Devil Cream Pie and her signature Starry Starry Night cookies! Along with tidbits for baking perfection! We spend tender moments with her mother, share glimpses into her complicated relationship with her father and we learn about Gesine growing up. And of course there is the occasional knife sharp word here and there about the Hollywood left behind. This is a memoir, a recipe journal and the story of one woman's journey to finding passion and peace in her life. The writing is engaging and light. We find out there's a purpose behind the baking, and it's not just to eat!

Roll up your sleeves and crack the spine to enter the world of flour, puff pastry, and Hollywood! Gesine shares the perfect recipe on how to follow your passions and her secret Golden Eggs recipe!

I want to thank Catherine P. of Broadway Publishing, a division of Random House, for sending me a review copy! This book was a delight to read! And my baking will never be the same!

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