Five very different contestants with a passion for baking are selected for the 'New Mrs Eaden' baking competition. We get glimpses into their lives and the personal problems they face. The baking competition affects each contestant in different ways and makes them reassess their close relationships. We also have chapters about Kathleen Eaden, author of The Art of Baking, published in 1966, who has long been held up as a paragon of baking, with portions of her life when she was writing the book and trying to balance domestic life with the demands on her as the wife of a successful grocery magnate.
A good page-turner this, the only tricky part initially is remembering who is who. Was Karen the perfect yummy mummy whoever eats what she bakes? Is it Jenny who is facing the empty nest? Was Claire the solo mum who had to give up her dreams and Vicki who is struggling with motherhood? The easy one is Mike, because he is the only bloke, (and the only one who we did not follow the story of, which was a shame as it would have been nice to know a little more about his life as a single father).
I enjoyed this book but I would have liked a bit more resolution about what happens to the characters after the baking contest, (although I did have fun making up the possible outcomes for them, so maybe it is not all bad). This novel is steeped in a love for baking with snippets of Kathleen's famous book scattered throughout. A delicious read.
Title: The art of baking blind
Author: Sarah Vaughan
Recommended by Anita S, Blockhouse Bay Library
Anita S reads widely and eclectically, but most often random non-fiction fact books, good general and teen fiction, (often dystopian future types), fantasy and sci-fi if they cover a new angle on something, kids books and ... actually she'll take a look at most stuff. Books are great! She also loves art and illustration.