The art of baking blind A novel

Sarah Vaughan, 1972-

Book - 2015

"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 bake...rs 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"--

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Subjects
Genres
Domestic fiction
Published
New York : St. Martin's Press 2015.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Physical Description
406 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250059406
1250059402
Main Author
Sarah Vaughan, 1972- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Here's something to savor while waiting for the next season of PBS' Great British Baking Show. Eaden's, a chain of upscale British supermarkets, is conducting a "Search for the New Mrs. Eaden," Mrs. Eaden being Kathleen, the recently deceased wife of the chain's founder and the author of the 1966 classic, The Art of Baking. Housewives Vicki, Jenny, and Karen; single dad Mike; and single mom Claire have made it to the competition, held on the Eaden country estate, and are baking their way through the cakes, biscuits, breads, pies and pastries, pudding, and "celebratory tea" rounds while dealing with various challenges at home. Excerpts from The Art of Baking head each chapter, and looks back at Kathleen's own struggles as she works on the book and tries to start a family are interspersed throughout. The problems the bakers contend with—empty-nest syndrome, the demands of motherhood, a straying ­husband—are familiar fare. It's the baking that makes the book rise, and readers will be salivating over descriptions of Victoria sponge, Battenburg cake, Chelsea buns, and other treats. Delectable "food porn," as one character puts it. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Competing to become the New Mrs. Eaden, the cookbook writer who, in 1966, published The Art of Baking, five amateur bakers form unlikely alliances and mix things up as they discover that while perfection is possible to achieve in the kitchen, it is much harder in life. Reading-group guide available.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Five amateur bakers compete in a baking competition, only to discover that the recipe for happiness may not be so easy to follow.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"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 beat 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 thecontestants' 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"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

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 Mrs. Eaden did before them--that while perfection is possible in the kitchen, it's very much harder in life, in Sarah Vaughan's The Art of Baking Blind.