Title: Confections of a Closet Master Baker: One Woman's Sweet Journey from Unhappy Hollywood Executive to Contented Country Baker
Author: Gesine Bullock-Prado
Release Date: September 8, 2009
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Confections of a Closet Master Baker was a sweet little book about Gesine Bullock-Prado’s move from unhappy Hollywood lawyer to master baker with her own bakery in Vermont. Despite the fact that Gesine is Sandra Bullock’s sister, this is thankfully not a tell-all memoir. Instead, it’s a look inside one day at Gesine’s bakery as she reminisces on the roads that brought her to where she is now and helped her find happiness.
I really liked Gesine’s tone through the book. She’s clearly snarky and funny in real life, and it definitely shows in Confections of a Closet Master Baker. She’s much more at home baking than she is in a group of people, which should appeal to avid readers – after all, aren’t most of us more comfortable with our books than in huge crowds of people?
I also really enjoyed reading about Gesine’s baking. Her descriptions are mouth-watering and there are wonderful recipes at the end of each chapter. While I’m not a huge baker, I definitely would love to try her apple pie recipe, just to see how it turns out!
However, I can’t say I loved Confections of a Closet Master Baker, though I really wanted to. While I really liked the voice and descriptions, I didn’t feel like there was a lot of story. The entire memoir was very much on the surface, though Gesine does have some very touching moments reflecting on her family. I would have loved more meat to the story, more about what led her to pick up and move across the country, and the trials of actually setting up the bakery and getting it running. While she does address these subjects, they only get a few pages each. I’d have loved to know more about them!
Confections of a Closet Master Baker is an enjoyable “foodie” memoir. It’s easy to read and will really appeal to those looking for a quick, light and fun read.