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Review: Confections of a Closet Master Baker

December 26, 2009

After she graduated from law school, Gesine Bullock-Prado went to work for her sister’s (Sandra Bullock) Hollywood production company.  She hated all the Hollywood trappings and found herself escaping by baking.  She and her husband went in search of a New England getaway and ended up in Montpelier, Vermont, where they opened up a small bakery, Gesine Confectionary.

Confections of a Closet Master Baker by Gesine Bullock-Prado is Gesine’s story. Her passion for baking and her love for her family are evident in the pages of this book.  Since it’s written in a non-linear fashion and it’s full of anecdotes and recipes, reading it is like sitting down and chatting with an old friend.  As I read the book, I longed to have a bakery like Gesine’s  near me and I don’t even like desserts.  Gesine made everything sound so good that I wanted to try every recipe she shares in the book.  I enjoyed this fast, light read, but I think I would have enjoyed it even more if the story was told in a more linear fashion.   I love the trailer for this book:

Review copy provided by Broadway Books.   I am an Amazon Associate.
36 Comments leave one →
  1. December 26, 2009 7:17 am

    I agree that the trailer is awesome. The images of her baked goods are very tempting. I think I have a copy of the book here and am looking forward to reading Gesine’s story.

  2. December 26, 2009 8:55 am

    You really have to admire what this girl has done with her life. She has followed her dream, despite the rich and famous sister and the law degree. She seems to have quite the talent…those pastries made my mouth water. I do really need to read this book!

  3. December 26, 2009 9:43 am

    That looks and sounds like a great book! I’ll have to put this on my TBR list. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

    Sherrie’s Stuff

  4. December 26, 2009 9:52 am

    You don’t like desserts? Wow, that is a trait I sure do wish I had!

  5. December 26, 2009 9:57 am

    This one looks so dreamy! I’ve already added it to my ebook wishlist over at B&N, so if that nook doesn’t arrive soon I’ll just flip out completely. lol

  6. December 26, 2009 10:08 am

    I have this book too & now want to read it (especially after doing all of my own holiday baking).
    Loved the trailer too — thanks for sharing!

  7. December 26, 2009 10:11 am

    You’re right. That trailer had my mouth watering. Anyone who likes sweets (like me) would be tempted to move there just for the bakery. Thanks for the heads-up about the book!

    Lesa –

  8. December 26, 2009 10:53 am

    You don’t like desserts?? That’s almost sacrilegious.

  9. December 26, 2009 10:57 am

    Trailer’s really good 🙂 Books looks inviting too..

  10. December 26, 2009 11:22 am

    I thoroughly enjoy the book – and loved watching this trailer. She does seem truly happy in this environment.

  11. December 26, 2009 11:24 am

    I have this on my TBR shelf and am in the mood to pick up a foodie book. Thanks for sharing the trailer as well, loved it. I wish I lived near her bakery. These type of bakeries are few and far between these days.

  12. December 26, 2009 11:41 am

    Oh, I had heard of this one, but had forgotten about it. I don’t like desserts either, but I love reading about food in general. I’m checking this one out…hope you had a great Christmas!

  13. December 26, 2009 12:04 pm

    The trailer does make it sound good! I am glad you enjoyed it, Kathy, even despite its flaw.

  14. December 26, 2009 12:44 pm

    Your review and the video make this book very inviting, although I will confess the pastries in the bakery won out over all. I wonder if you have an allergy to sugar?

  15. December 26, 2009 12:57 pm

    Sounds like a great book that’s sure to make me crave sweets!

  16. December 26, 2009 1:21 pm

    I love the clever title of this book. I think if I read the book I’d want to try making these creations as well. Thank you for another terrific review. 🙂

  17. December 26, 2009 2:14 pm

    I’m so adding this to my list. I just love books like this!

  18. December 26, 2009 2:17 pm

    Great review, I enjoyed reading it.

  19. December 26, 2009 3:20 pm

    I like desserts. This book says “please read me. I’m yummy.” =) I need to see this trailer.

  20. December 26, 2009 4:20 pm

    That was a great video. I can only dream of producing cakes that look that beautiful!

  21. December 26, 2009 6:37 pm

    This looks like a fun read, though I’m sure I don’t need the inspiration to bake more goodies at this time of year.

  22. December 26, 2009 7:59 pm

    This looks like a great read – I love foodie books. =)

  23. December 26, 2009 9:31 pm

    That book sounds delightful!

  24. December 26, 2009 9:36 pm

    Looks like an amazing book. The trailer was great too.

  25. December 26, 2009 10:14 pm

    This sounds like a book that I’d enjoy!

  26. December 26, 2009 10:33 pm

    Sounds good! I think I would enjoy this one.

  27. stacybuckeye permalink
    December 27, 2009 12:40 am

    I guess I didn’t really Sandra’s sister had written a book.

  28. December 27, 2009 3:54 pm

    I have never heard of this book but am really looking forward to reading it. I love to bake too!

  29. December 27, 2009 6:52 pm

    I tell you, a well-done book trailer can really sell me on a book (that and your review, of course!).

    I thought the same thing with the HEALTHY BREAD IN 5 MINUTES book; the trailer made me think “I can do this!” (although, in this case it was, “I can eat that!”)

  30. December 27, 2009 9:36 pm

    This sounds like a cookbook that I would totally enjoy!!

  31. December 27, 2009 10:55 pm

    I’ve got this one in my pile, I really wanted to finish it before the new year. Not looking good 🙂

  32. December 28, 2009 12:49 am

    What interesting and divergent paths the two Bullock sisters took!

  33. December 28, 2009 2:31 pm

    Sounds like an enjoyable read. I love books that involve food, if that makes sense, and I especially adore baked goods.

  34. December 28, 2009 2:39 pm

    I have this one on my wish list. It’s probably best for me not to have a lovely bakery close to me though. 😉

  35. December 29, 2009 3:59 pm

    I have been wanting to read this book, but I am a little disappointed to hear that it is somewhat non linear. I am glad you liked it though. I think I will still be getting a copy, just going to have to adjust my expectations a bit!

  36. January 7, 2010 5:56 pm

    oh..I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. I love to bake.

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