May 4, 2011
I usually prefer literary fiction (I'm at the heart of it all, a total nerd), but I do admit to having a VERY soft spot in my heart for cozy food novels that I can just escape right into without really having to think. You know what I mean--silly mysteries about poisoned chocolates or disappearing cakes, romances between chefs and cranky restaurant critics, and, like the book I'm giving away to you today, heartwarming stories about family brought together through the power of the kitchen.
The Bake-Off by Beth Kendrick is the sweet story (no pun intended) of two estranged sisters: Amy, a pretty suburban mom in need of a break, and Linnie, a former child prodigy still trying to figure out how to fit in. Despite their complete lack of baking skills, the two are brought together to compete for a big prize in a national baking competition. It's an easy read, and a fun one, with a bit of romance, a few clever lines, and just a touch of intrigue--all the ingredients you need to make a sweet story. (Also pie--lots and lots of pie, and an accompanying recipe so you can enjoy it while you read along.)
I breezed through it quickly and thoroughly enjoyed the story of these girls and their grandmother. I think the only thing that drove me a little crazy about the book (without giving anything away) is the way Linnie chose to deal with the theft that got her into the whole situation. Maybe it's just the New Yorker in me, but I would have called the cops on that guy so fast, regardless of his sob story. Although I suppose had she done that there would have been no plot.
Anyway, you'll have to read the book to let me know how you would have reacted...
I have two copies of the book to give away today!
To enter: leave a comment below telling me what dish you would make if you were forced to enter a cooking or baking competition.
You have until 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, May 10 to enter. One entry per person. US residents only. Two winners will be randomly selected using Random Number Generator and announced on the 11th.