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Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughan - Book Review and a chance to win your own copy!

About The Book:

There are many reasons to bake: to feed; to create; to impress; to nourish; to define ourselves; and, sometimes, it has to be said, to perfect. But often we bake to fill a hunger that would be better filled by a simple gesture from a dear one. We bake to love and be loved.

In 1966, Kathleen Eaden, cookbook writer and wife of a supermarket magnate, published The Art of Baking, her guide to nurturing a family by creating the most exquisite pastries, biscuits and cakes.

Now, five amateur bakers are competing to become the New Mrs. Eaden. There's Jenny, facing an empty nest now that her family has flown; Claire, who has sacrificed her dreams for her daughter; Mike, trying to parent his two kids after his wife's death; Vicki, who has dropped everything to be at home with her baby boy; and Karen, perfect Karen, who knows what it's like to have nothing and is determined her facade shouldn't slip.

 As unlikely alliances are forged and secrets rise to the surface, making the choicest pastry seems the least of the contestants' problems. For they will learn--as as Mrs. Eaden did before them--that while perfection is possible in the kitchen, it's very much harder in life.

My Thoughts:

I have had this book on my TBR stack for quite a while - always putting it off to read at the "perfect" time - well, that time has come, and I am so perturbed with myself that I didn't get to it sooner - I LOVED it!

Sarah Vaughn has baked up a delicious story of five people competing in a huge baking competition, all for reasons of their own.  Vaughn gives each character plenty of room to tell their stories in their own voices, plus she sprinkles in tidbits of memories from the past character that has influenced the reason for the contest.  Readers will root for some characters and want to boo the protagonist for her sly and cunning machinations.  And the setting of the baking competition is just wonderful - you can almost smell the luscious scents that come from the kitchens.

If I had one teeny little complaint - it is that there are no recipes included in the book!  Vaughn does such a great job of describing all the yummy treats that the contestants are making, that I had to get up and find a snack several times!  And that Battenburg cake - oh my gosh!  I want a slice right now!!

Just look at this beautiful cake! 

I highly recommend this book for those who love novels about food, who love novels about friendship and who love great writing!

About The Author:

SARAH VAUGHAN studied English at Oxford and went on to become a journalist. After eleven years working at the Guardian as a news reporter, health correspondent, and political correspondent, she started freelancing. She currently lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children. The Art of Baking Blind is her first novel.  Check out her website at www.sarahvaughnauthor.com


My friend Mary at Bookfan is giving away a copy of The Art Of Baking Blind - click on this link to enter!


My thanks to St. Martin's Press for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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