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The Art of Baking Blind

by Sarah Vaughan

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  • Carol N. (Indian Springs Village, AL)
    The Art of Baking Blind
    Don't read this book if you are hungry! The descriptions of the recipes and bake offs will leave you wanting to head out to the nearest bakery. This book is about the contest for the newest Mrs. Eaden and the five contestants chosen to compete for the prize. I enjoyed the story of Kathleen Eaden that was interspersed with the stories of the contestants - although some stories did not seem as complete as others. The writing was good and I would have loved for some recipes to be included as these were British delicacies and I have no idea what they might be. I would love to know what an apple hedgehog is! The ending seemed somewhat obvious to me but also was the one I would have chosen myself. All in all I thought this was an excellent book and would recommend it for book clubs and those who love cooking, food and stories about the part of our lives we keep hidden and the part we show to the world.
  • Mary D. (Claremont, CA)
    The Art of Baking Blind
    Once I started this book, I had a difficult time putting it down to carry-on with my normal daily routine! It is the story of four completely different people from different walks of life: an empty-nester coming to terms with a husband who is now a stranger and a crumbling marriage, a single mother who gave up her dreams to provide for her child, a widower, and an up-scale woman who must be perfect of considers herself to be a failure. They are also chosen to be the new Mrs. Eaden, who had issues of her own, and are entered into a baking contest to that end. The characters are all quite believable, well-drawn and it is interesting to learn about all the diverse reasons they like/love to bake. Tensions grow, relationships develop or die, some make it through the contest, some don't. The characters are developed in depth but the writing style is not clinical, but very personal; I found myself wanting to keep reading just to find out what happens next! My only "complaint" is that none of the recipes were included, although I did go on-line and look up several of them. This is a very entertaining book, easily read, that looks into the psyches of five different people and why they bake. I highly recommend it, for several hours of reading pleasure.
  • Barbara G. (Lisle, IL)
    Nothing's as It Seems
    Start with a British baking contest similar to "The Great British Baking Show" on PBS. Add a search for the new Mrs. Eaden (a British Julia Child). Mix in four everyday women who love to bake and, for spice, one gentleman wishing to escape his all-female household. Put them through their paces on a variety of difficult but tasty baked treats. Stir in detailed biographies of their actual home lives, longings and psychological tics. Dust with the biography of the real Mrs. Eaden whose recipes they try to emulate. Bake with all the ensuing tension over who will win and you have a winning novel best not read on a hungry stomach.
  • Barbara C. (Riverside, CA)
    I loved, loved, loved this book.
    This was like reading three books at the same time. The baking was great. There were several items I had never heard of, such as Battenburg cakes and Victoria Sponge. Did find them on the net. The character development was first rate. (Now I am sounding British.) Every person was changed during the weeks of the baking contest. We watched them at home and as well at the contest site. The entire premise of finding a Kathleen Eaden was very engaging as well. Well, I think I better get up and bake something.
  • Valerie V. (PENNINGTON, NJ)
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    Sarah Vaughan's novel The Art of Baking Blind is a chef-d'oeuvre! Vaughan takes three varieties of stay-at-home moms, one widower, and a single mom. She folds her female characters along with an assortment of men into one esteemed baking competition. What does she get? One flavorful novel! Readers will relish watching the lives of five amateur chefs unfold as they strive to beat their rivals. The bakers know the ingredients for their savory baked goods, but do they know the recipe for a happy, contented, empowered life? This novel is a scrumptious read and certain to be a sweet treat for book clubs.
  • Virginia P. (Tallahassee, FL)
    The Art of Baking Blind
    I thoroughly enjoyed The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughn. Set in England, it covers a short period of time involving a baking contest reminiscent of the recent PBS series on the same topic. As the series was fun to watch, the book was fun to read. However, the book delved into the lives of the 5 contestants and provided well developed characters all struggling to handle their daily problems as well as the challenge of trying to win a contest. Friendships were forged and personalities were revealed. It was well written and had a very satisfying ending. I would recommend it as a great escape for a few days of reading.
  • Judith G. (Ewa Beach, HI)
    Fun and poignant
    on page 48: "...I just read recipe books; food porn, ..." This book itself is food porn for anyone who watches food contests on TV or takes cookbooks to bed to read (like me.) I finished the book in one sitting. Loved the food descriptions. Then came the characters themselves with myriad problems....all to be solved by baking? Great read!

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