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Each of the five contestants has turned to cookbook legend Mrs. Eaden’s The Art of Baking for the comfort that comes in following her decadent recipes. Claire is the young, single mother from circumstances that differ vastly from Mrs. Eaden. Jenny bakes to fill her now empty house and to try to regain a connection with a husband who is drawing further and further away. Mike is struggling with parenting his two young daughters after the death of his wife. Vicki has given up her job to become a stay at home mom and turns to baking for approval, an old childhood habit. And Karen, trying to hide her humble origins, has attained the image of perfection, but is slowly falling apart under the pressure to maintain it. The competition starts off heated, but as the contestants spend their weekends together covered in flour, they realize the vision of perfect domesticity they aspire to may not be the whole truth.
THE ART OF BAKING BLIND is a novel about why we bake. It’s also about motherhood, nurture, and the impossibility of perfection. It’s about the expectations women place on themselves and how they reconcile the gap between their roles and needs, the disparity between appearance and reality, and about everyone’s need to be cherished.
Filled with heart and the importance of companionship, THE ART OF BAKING BLIND will make any reader’s mouth water for a sweet treat as the pages turn and the characters learn that even Mrs. Eaden with all her perfect recipes did not have this messy world figured out.
If you love watching Cupcake Wares, Chopped and the like, you will LOVE this book! released last month, it is a great read for poolside or while on vacation! I love how it teaches us that when we seek perfection in what is supposed to be making us happy, it may because there is a need in another part of our lives, that is going unfulfilled. How the contestants each deal with their issued leading up to and through the contest provides life lessons as well as making this more than just a book about reality shows and contrived contests, it's about what makes us tick as individuals and how we may be very different, but at heart,we are all very much a like. i would not recommend reading the book on an empty stomach,as you may feel the urge to pause, find a kitchen and start cooking! LOL The book would be great for a book club to read over the Summer, and maybe to host their own mini-cupcake cook off when they talk about it! Don;t miss this one!
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 OFBAKING BLIND is her first novel.