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A Literary Smorgasbord

  • Jan 12, 2015

Many of today’s novelists are cooking up good stories, complete with decadent dessert descriptions to boot. Readers and bakers alike will savor these heartwarming tales, because sometimes a good book is the sweetest thing of all.

How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal - Family dynamics are at the heart of this novel about a woman running a bakery in Colorado Springs and how she bonds with her wayward granddaughter over a shared love of baking.

How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donahue - Childhood friends reconnect by opening a cupcakery together, but old wounds die hard even when cupcakes are involved and threaten to sabotage their hard-fought reunion.

How Lucky You Are by Kristyn Kusek Lewis - Lewis’ endearing debut novel is about three long-time friends navigating life’s difficulties. Narrator Waverly Brown runs a cozy yet struggling bakery (look for tantalizing descriptions of lemon-coconut cupcakes and doughnut muffins) and mistakenly believes her friends’ lives are easier than her own.

Lemon Tart by Josi S. Kilpack - The first book in the culinary murder mystery series, this who-done-it will delight mystery readers, and the recipes for lemon tarts, brownies and gingerbread Bundt cake will seal the deal.

The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughn - Sure to be a delicious treat of a book, Vaughn’s forthcoming novel tells the story of Kathleen Eaden whose exquisite 1966 baking guide has sparked a heated contest among amateur bakers to determine who will become the new Ms. Eaden. Look for this title in May 2015.

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