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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Confections of a Closet Master Baker: A memoir by Gesine Bullock-Prado: Book Review

Confections of a Closet Master Baker: A Memoir
by Gesine Bullock-Prado
Broadway Books
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3268-4

Description: A former Hollywood insider trades the Hollywood Hills for Green Acres—and lives to tell about it in this hilarious, poignant treat of a memoir.  As head of her celebrity sister’s production company, Gesine Bullock-Prado had a closet full of designer clothes and the ear of all the influential studio heads, but she was miserable. The only solace she found was in her secret hobby: baking. With every sugary, buttery confection to emerge from her oven, Gesine took one step away from her glittery, empty existence—and one step closer to her true destiny. Before long, she and her husband left the trappings of their Hollywood lifestyle behind, ending up in Vermont, where they started the gem known as Gesine Confectionary. And they never looked back. Confections of a Closet Master Baker follows Gesine's journey from sugar-obsessed child to miserable, awkward Hollywood insider to reluctant master baker. Chock-full of eccentric characters, beautifully detailed descriptions of her baking process, ceaselessly funny renditions of Hollywood nonsense, and recipes, the ingredients of her story will appeal to anyone who has ever considered leaving the life they know and completely starting over

The Good Stuff
  • Fantastic recipes included!!!!
  • Self deprecating and honest
  • Beautifully written
  • Her love of her family and what she does is wonderful to read about
  • Drool worthy recipes
  • Her chapter entitled "Crunch Clouds" is a must read for anyone with kids - we definitely have the same idea on kids and sweets
  • Hilariously funny at time
  • The passage on her criminal Oreo spree is wonderful
  • Love the chapter on her unusual customers
The Not so Good Stuff
  • I constantly wanted to eat baked good while reading, luckily I was camping and had no easy access to that kind of food
  • I want to order her macaroons but I live in Canada and they don't ship here --  hmmm I think I see a road trip in the near futures
  • Damn I really want to bake now and I have no time for it
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I think it really does more harm than good to place severe restrictions on kids' diets, as evidenced by my criminal Oreo spree. Moderation, education, and a healthy dose of respect for what you're chewing makes for healthier children, not an all-out-ban on sweets."

"It's not as showy as the shiny, chocolate-dipped horn; it's  pretty much the Ethel Merman of pastry.  Doesn't look like much, but damn it's good."

What I Learned
  • I love self deprecating people
  • I love memoirs by self deprecating people
  • I love reading books about baking 
  • It really sucks to be in the movie industry unless you are a highly paid actor
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Those trying to lose weight should not read, as you really really want to eat yummy baking
  • Those whole love to bake will enjoy
  • Pretty much anyone will enjoy this

4.5 Dewey's

Received it at a Dewey Diva's presentation at the Ontario Library Association conference. Don't have to review, but want to because I LOVED it!

1 comment:

  1. As a pregnant lady this could be dangerous since I've pretty much given myself permission to eat everything in sight!