Book Review: Confections of a Closet Master Baker – Gesine Bullock-Prado

Title: Confections of a Closet Master Baker: One Woman’s Sweet Journey from Unhappy Hollywood Executive to Contented Country Baker
Author: Gesine Bullock-Prado
ISBN: 9780767932684
Pages: 240
Release Date: September 8, 2009
Publisher: Broadway
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Source: Library
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.

Comments

  1. I love stories about people achieving their dream, despite how off-the-wall it may be from your day job. I’d actually heard about this book a few months ago, and was intrigued. I think I would want something that provides a little more depth though.

  2. I love stories about people achieving their dream, despite how off-the-wall it may be from your day job. I’d actually heard about this book a few months ago, and was intrigued. I think I would want something that provides a little more depth though.

  3. I have this waiting to be read and I’ve hesitated because of the Hollywood tie-in — I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it. I’ll likely read it over the summer — sounds like a good lazy Saturday on the deck read.

  4. I have this waiting to be read and I’ve hesitated because of the Hollywood tie-in — I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it. I’ll likely read it over the summer — sounds like a good lazy Saturday on the deck read.

  5. I felt about the same way – I liked the book, but didn’t love it. I do admire her for following her dream, though.

  6. I felt about the same way – I liked the book, but didn’t love it. I do admire her for following her dream, though.

  7. I was wondering if this book would be good or not. Thanks for your honest opinion!

  8. I was wondering if this book would be good or not. Thanks for your honest opinion!

  9. Thanks for your review. I have quite a few “foodie” books that I’d like to read, and this has been on my list for awhile. There are a few others though that I’ve been told to read ASAP, so maybe I’ll wait to get my hands on this one. Thanks!

  10. Thanks for your review. I have quite a few “foodie” books that I’d like to read, and this has been on my list for awhile. There are a few others though that I’ve been told to read ASAP, so maybe I’ll wait to get my hands on this one. Thanks!

  11. I read this last year and agree with you completely. If you want a good foodie memoir (not sure if you have read this) – try A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg. Similar in style (little stories plus a recipe at the end of each chapter), but I love her writing and there is a whimsical quality to it. I love food but am not a good cook, but her inspired me to learn to cook!

  12. I read this last year and agree with you completely. If you want a good foodie memoir (not sure if you have read this) – try A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg. Similar in style (little stories plus a recipe at the end of each chapter), but I love her writing and there is a whimsical quality to it. I love food but am not a good cook, but her inspired me to learn to cook!

  13. I have heard similar things about this book. It sounds as though it would be a quick and fun read, and I’m all for the recipes at the end of the chapters, but I think I would not like the lack of depth. I am going to have to think about this and decide if this book is for me or not. Thanks for the excellent and honest review. I really appreciate it!

  14. I have heard similar things about this book. It sounds as though it would be a quick and fun read, and I’m all for the recipes at the end of the chapters, but I think I would not like the lack of depth. I am going to have to think about this and decide if this book is for me or not. Thanks for the excellent and honest review. I really appreciate it!

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