Confections of a Closet Master Baker

confections closet master bakerFirst can I say what happened to this week? To this month? Next week is going to be mid-February. Very, very scary!

I'll admit it, I read Confections of a Closet Master Baker because the author, Gesine Bullock-Prado is Sandra Bullock's sister. Well, that's not entirely true. I read it because she's Sandra Bullock's sister, left Hollywood happily and opened a bakery in a town in Vermont I've visited many times. (And next time I'm going looking for the bakery.) Even if she hadn't been Sandra Bullock's sister I still would have read it because it's about someone who left a high-powered career in a big city, moved to small town in Vermont and opened a bakery and then wrote a book about it. Let's be honest, that totally sounds like something I would read.

I really liked how the chapters were set up in this book. Each chapter is an hour of the day. As she goes through the day Bullock-Prado reflects on her life then and now. Each chapter ends with a recipe, and the recipe . It works - it might work a bit better in some chapters than others but overall I have to say that it works. She doesn't really tell tales about her life in Hollywood, but she doesn't ignore it either. It's just another part of her life.

I think what I got the most from Confections of a Closet Master Baker is the feeling of love. The love for her husband, her sister, her mother and for baking. She loves her life and her work and it comes through in her writing. I can only imagine how it comes through in her baking.

It's a decent food-lit type of book. Warning: may cause craving for cake.

Edit & note: Also being published in paperback as My Life From Scratch.