The cake therapist

Judith M. Fertig

Book - 2015

" A fiction debut that will leave you wanting seconds, from an award-winning cookbook author. Claire "Neely" O'Neil is a pastry chef of extraordinary talent. Every great chef can taste shimmering, elusive flavors that most of us miss, but Neely can "taste" feelings-cinnamon makes you remember; plum is pleased with itself; orange is a wake-up call. When flavor and feeling give Neely a glimpse of someone's inner self, she can customize her creations to help tha...t person celebrate love, overcome fear, even mourn a devastating loss. Maybe that's why she feels the need to go home to Millcreek Valley at a time when her life seems about to fall apart. The bakery she opens in her hometown is perfect, intimate, just what she's always dreamed of-and yet, as she meets her new customers, Neely has a sense of secrets, some dark, some perhaps with tempting possibilities. A recurring flavor of alarming intensity signals to her perfect palate a long-ago story that must be told. Neely has always been able to help everyone else. Getting to the end of this story may be just what she needs to help herself"--

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Published
New York : Berkley Books 2015.
Edition
Berkley trade paperback edition
Language
English
Item Description
Includes readers guide.
Physical Description
viii, 293 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780425277324
0425277321
Main Author
Judith M. Fertig (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Award-winning cookbook author Fertig brings her culinary talents to fiction in her debut novel. Claire "Neely" O'Neil is an unusually talented pastry chef. Not only does everyone love her confections, she can also "taste" people's feelings and use those flavors in her pastries to assist others in coping with fear and loss. Now Neely has her own feelings to deal with as she comes home to Millcreek Valley, Ohio, to open a new bakery called Rainbow Cake. Leaving behind a failing marriage and big-city life, Neely finds that things are not as subdued in her hometown as she expected. As she reconnects with past friends and copes with a rather-too-present husband, Neely detects a recurring angry flavor that overtakes her, pointing to a forgotten story that needs to be remembered. Neely's talents for helping people through her pastry palette have always been useful, but this challenge may be the final step she needs to help herself. Fertig crafts a culinary tale that has as much substance as sweetness and is as pleasingly layered as Neely's signature rainbow cake. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Claire "Neely" O'Neil, a pastry chef who can sense memories and emotions through baked goods, opens a bakery in her hometown and encounters a sensation of alarming intensity that signals to her a long-ago story that must be told.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A talented pastry chef who can actually "taste" feelings, Claire "Neely" O'Neil returns home to Millcreek Valley, Ohio, to escape her crumbling marriage and, while starting a new bakery, finds her past coming back to haunt her in unexpected ways. Includes teaser and reader's guide. Original. 75,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

" A fiction debut that will leave you wanting seconds, from an award-winning cookbook author. Claire "Neely" O'Neil is a pastry chef of extraordinary talent. Every great chef can taste shimmering, elusive flavors that most of us miss, but Neely can "taste" feelings-cinnamon makes you remember; plum is pleased with itself; orange is a wake-up call. When flavor and feeling give Neely a glimpse of someone's inner self, she can customize her creations to help that person celebrate love, overcome fear, evenmourn a devastating loss. Maybe that's why she feels the need to go home to Millcreek Valley at a time when her life seems about to fall apart. The bakery she opens in her hometown is perfect, intimate, just what she's always dreamed of-and yet, as she meets her new customers, Neely has a sense of secrets, some dark, some perhaps with tempting possibilities. A recurring flavor of alarming intensity signals to her perfect palate a long-ago story that must be told. Neely has always been able to help everyone else. Getting to the end of this story may be just what she needs to help herself"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A fiction debut that will leave you wanting seconds, from an award-winning cookbook author.Claire “Neely” O’Neil is a pastry chef of extraordinary talent. Every great chef can taste shimmering, elusive flavors that most of us miss, but Neely can “taste” feelings—cinnamon makes you remember; plum is pleased with itself; orange is a wake-up call. When flavor and feeling give Neely a glimpse of someone’s inner self, she can customize her creations to help that person celebrate love, overcome fear, even mourn a devastating loss.Maybe that’s why she feels the need to go home to Millcreek Valley at a time when her life seems about to fall apart. The bakery she opens in her hometown is perfect, intimate, just what she’s always dreamed of—and yet, as she meets her new customers, Neely has a sense of secrets, some dark, some perhaps with tempting possibilities. A recurring flavor of alarming intensity signals to her perfect palate a long-ago story that must be told.Neely has always been able to help everyone else. Getting to the end of this story may be just what she needs to help herself.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

A fiction debut that will leave you wanting seconds, from an award-winning cookbook author.Claire 'Neely' O'Neil is a pastry chef of extraordinary talent. Every great chef can taste shimmering, elusive flavors that most of us miss, but Neely can 'taste' feelings'cinnamon makes you remember; plum is pleased with itself; orange is a wake-up call. When flavor and feeling give Neely a glimpse of someone's inner self, she can customize her creations to help that person celebrate love, overcome fear, even mourn a devastating loss.Maybe that's why she feels the need to go home to Millcreek Valley at a time when her life seems about to fall apart. The bakery she opens in her hometown is perfect, intimate, just what she's always dreamed of'and yet, as she meets her new customers, Neely has a sense of secrets, some dark, some perhaps with tempting possibilities. A recurring flavor of alarming intensity signals to her perfect palate a long-ago story that must be told.Neely has always been able to help everyone else. Getting to the end of this story may be just what she needs to help herself.