Saturday, September 5, 2009

CONFECTIONS OF A CLOSET MASTER BAKER: GIVEAWAY AND YUMMY!

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!
CONFECTIONS OF A CLOSET MASTER BAKER

One Woman's Sweet Journey from Unhappy
Hollywood Executive to Contented Country Baker

by GESINE BULLOCK-PRADO

ABOUT THE BOOK:
A former Hollywood insider trades the Hollywood Hills for Green Acresand lives to tell about it in this hilarious, poignant treat of a memoir.

As head of her celebrity sister’s production company, Gesine Bullock-Prado had a closet full of designer clothes and the ear of all the influential studio heads, but she was miserable. The only solace she found was in her secret hobby: baking. With every sugary, buttery confection to emerge from her oven, Gesine took one step away from her glittery, empty existence—and one step closer to her true destiny. Before long, she and her husband left the trappings of their Hollywood lifestyle behind, ending up in Vermont, where they started the gem known as Gesine Confectionary. And they never looked back. Confections of a Closet Master Baker follows Gesine's journey from sugar-obsessed child to miserable, awkward Hollywood insider to reluctant master baker. Chock-full of eccentric characters, beautifully detailed descriptions of her baking process, ceaselessly funny renditions of Hollywood nonsense, and recipes, the ingredients of her story will appeal to anyone who has ever considered leaving the life they know and completely starting over.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
GESINE BULLOCK-PRADO's delicious confections have been featured on the Food Network's hottest new show, Road Tasted with the Neelys and in such publications as In Style, People, Vermont Life, and Boston Common. Gesine still lives in Vermont and is preparing to open another bakery in Austin, Texas.



AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR:(from Publisher, RANDOM HOUSE)
An Interview with Gesine Bullock-Prado, author of CONFECTIONS OF A CLOSET MASTER BAKER

1: What makes your book different from other memoirs, and different from other cookbooks?
I’m not a recovering drug addict and there’s not one pasta dish included. And it’s more than just a memoir about baking, it’s about finding out what I wanted to be when I grew up when I was already a grown up. Who says we have to be just one thing in our lifetimes? What’s wrong with becoming a lawyer and then running an entertainment company and then transforming into a master baker and a writer? There are plenty of things wrong with me but that’s not one of them. And I’m a better and happier woman for it.

2: Is writing a book at all like baking?
Putting the obvious and sadly inedible component of writing aside, it’s all about practice and screwing up, learning from mistakes and editing out bad habits. Baking is fiendishly precise, though. Writing can be a little more loosey goosey. But I have to say the discipline I’ve gleaned from baking professionally has helped enormously in writing. I take my time over the process. In baking, if I screw up I get right back in and approach the recipe with more patience and understanding. With writing, I do the same. I’ll edit and massage the same sentence until it’s right. It’s just not as tasty.

3. What advice do you have for readers who, like you once were, are trapped in jobs that don’t suit them?
Be fearless but also be excruciatingly honest with yourself. As a home baker, I was clueless when it came to running a food business. So what did I do? I opened a pastry shop with ZERO experience. I’m an idiot. You don’t have to be. Arm yourself with experience in the trade you think is your life’s work. Say you want to open a bakery like I did. If I’d been sane, I would have volunteered as a bakery slave on the weekends just to get my feet wet in commercial production. Any experience is better than none and it’s essential to have a decent grasp on the business side of the venture. It ain’t just sugar and butter. There’s payroll, taxes, permits, food handling issues. Lordy, sometimes hairnets are involved. I thank the pastry gods that despite my utter inexperience, my unrequited love of baking prevailed notwithstanding some boneheaded moves in my early days. But there’s something to be said for just jumping in. If you can survive and still love your chosen path, you’re golden.

4. Be honest: how did you adjust to that super-early-morning routine? Were you always a morning person?
I can’t wake up at 5am or 6am. Just can’t. Not without the assistance of a forklift and vat of coffee. But for some reason, 3:30am works for me. No problem. I’m not even going to try and figure out the woo woo reason why.

5. You write poignantly about your mother. How was your understanding of her transformed after you became a professional baker?
I don’t think that if my mother had survived cancer I’d be a professional baker. In losing her, I got a kick in the ass. Life’s too damn short to complain about being unhappy and do nothing about it. At first, baking was my way of communing with her. Of working through my grief at losing her and finding myself lost in LA. Some people pray; I bake. The gift that came from my flour dusted meditation was the revelation that I wasn’t just baking; I was a baker. Which brought it’s own sadness because I wanted so badly to share that with her. She was damn good baker herself. But for all I know, she’s opened her own swinging pastry joint just inside the pearly gates.

6. How did you decide which recipes to include? Any chance that you’ll write another book featuring the recipes omitted from this one?
I originally wrote the book without recipes. I know, go figure. The book had a rhythm to it that dictated which recipes would just comfortably slip in. The same holds true for a second or third book. More stories and more recipes that spring from my tales of growing as a woman through sugar and butter.

7. You produced beautiful descriptions of your relatives’ baking. Where is the artistry in baking? How have you found room to be creative, despite the constraints of customer demands and measurements in recipes?
Well, my philosophy is pretty much “my house, my rules.” So in my shop, I baked what I loved and my customers got on board. This only works if what you’re making is tasty, of course. But I also took inspiration from customer requests. You notice I said request. I don’t respond well to demands. So you want a coconut cream pie. I can do that. But I’ll do it my way and make it better than you expected. And that’s artistry to me, to mine joy and creativity from constraints.

8. Did running a production company prepare you at all for running a confectionery? What did both careers teach you about creating a great workplace?
It didn’t prepare me for bubkis. It’s such a niche, Hollywood. On the other hand, it did give me perspective on what it means to treat everyone with respect. Not just the A-listers, everyone. I learned a great deal by watching my sister honor the contributions of everyone on a film, from the grip to the director. Everyone’s working towards the same goal.

9. You’ve lived in many parts of America, and overseas. Where do you feel most at home?
With my husband Ray. If he’s around, no matter whether we’re sacked out on the couch at our home in Vermont or on a rickety train barreling through Poland, I’m home. There are those few places in the world that really speak to me, though. Vermont’s at the top of that list. Bavaria is too.

10. What’s in store for you now?
I sold the storefront in Vermont and Ray and I packed up the dogs for a few months to consult on the opening of a place called Waltons in Austin. Ray did coffee. I did pastry. And now we’re back in Vermont looking at part two. Or is it part three now? I’ve stopped counting. But I’m looking for a new space to bake. Just a little commercial space where I can churn out goodies and ship them around the country to anyone who needs a lovingly made treat. And I’m taking time to travel around the world to visit with the great master baker’s who can teach me a few new tricks.


A RECIPE TO DELIGHT
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A special concoction by Gesine Bullock-Prado
just for Reading Group Choices book groups!
(from READING GROUP CHOICES September, Newsletter)

At 10:45, just as George Michael’s “Sports Machine” was finishing up on Virginia’s channel five, members of a clandestine society would filter into my college living room, students of Mr. Jefferson’s University all and each bearing an offering of Moon Pies and a bumper of Colt 45. At 11pm, when the strains of the Star Trek: Next Generation theme song squeezed themselves from the mono speaker of my crappy t.v., a hush fell over the room as we nibbled, sipped and fell under the spell of Captain Picard and his travails with the Borg or poor Data struggling under the influence of human emotion. These were heady things, made more memorable with the inclusion of our ritual treats.

I’ll be honest with you. I don’t know what spurred on the specifics of our ritual meal. I’m hard pressed to tell you what’s tasty about a Moon Pie. I’d never gone out of my way to eat one on any other occasion. And the Colt 45, forget about it. I want to. But the combination of elements, the Star Trek, the cardboard sandwich cookie and the malt liquor, made for a beloved communion of friends that we’ll cherish forever.

Now an adult, a professional baker with access to a better selection of alcoholic beverages, I’ve reimagined my youthful gathering: A book that brings friends together instead of Roddenberry, a generous glass of juicy Pinot Noir in place of the Colt 45 and a luscious, spongy, fluff filled homemade chocolate Whoopie Pie in the shrink-wrapped Moon Pie’s stead.


So I’d like to share this recipe with fellow book lovers so that your next literary gathering may be infused with Whoopie goodness. Enjoy!

Chocolate Whoopie Reading Group Pies
(makes 2 dozen sandwiches or

6 sandwiches and 1 large whoopie)

For Chocolate Whoopies:

3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 ½ cups unsweetened cocoa powder

2 sticks unsalted butter (room temperature)

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 ¼ cups non-fat buttermilk

¾ cup hot coffee

½ a bar (or 2 ounces) of Ghirardelli 4 oz bittersweet premium baking bar, cut into small pieces and melted in the coffee

Preheat oven to 350 (convection) or 375 (traditional)

Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and set aside.

Add chocolate to coffee and set aside for it to melt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Scrape down bowl and add eggs one at a time. Mixing until fully incorporated. Combine buttermilk and coffee and alternate this mixture with the flour mixture until all elements are incorporated.
Whisk quickly on high to insure perfect distribution.

On a parchment lined cookie sheet and using a large ice cream or cookie scoop, place cookies onto parchment lined baking pans, 12 per pan.
Bake for 15 minutes or until the cake springs back when gently touched.

Pipe a generous dollop of Marshmallow Fluff or Seven-Minute Icing (recipe to follow) onto half the Whoopies and sandwich with the remaining cookies.
These will keep up to 2 days in an airtight container.

For Seven Minute Frosting:

1 ¾ cups sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup

¼ cup water
pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

6 egg whites


In a heavy saucepan, combine 1 ½ cups sugar, corn syrup and water and heat over medium until (1) sugar has melted and (2) reaches 230 degrees on a candy thermometer.
This can take from 5 to 10 minutes.

In a mixing bowl with the whisk attachment, whisk egg whites with the salt and vanilla until you reach soft peak stage.
Slowly add the remaining ¼ cup sugar.
Add the molten sugar mixture the instant it has reached temperature while the mixer is on medium speed.
Make sure to pour the syrup down the side of the bowl so that it doesn’t splatter and it’s incorporated more gently (i.e. doesn’t scramble your eggs).
Beat until the fluff is cool, thick, very stiff and shiny.
This can take up to 10 minutes. Sometimes more!


THE GIVEAWAY
Thanks to David and friends at
Crown Publishing, I have 3 copies
of this yummy book to give away!

RULES:

---U. S. AND Canadian Residents
(I am doing the mailing so wanted to give my
Canadian followers a chance at this one!)
---BUT No P. O. Boxes, Sorry
---Email must be included in comments
---All comments MUST BE ENTERED SEPARATELY
or they are counted as just one

HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: TELL ME WHAT PART OF THIS BOOK MAKES YOU WANT IT MORE..THE MEMOIR OR THE RECIPES

+1 MORE ENTRY: YOU MUST BE A FOLLOWER OF MY BLOG. TELL ME WHICH WAY YOU FOLLOW

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY AND COME BACK AND LEAVE THE LINK I CAN FOLLOW

+1 MORE ENTRY: WATCH FOR MY REVIEW IN A FEW DAYS AND COME BACK AND LEAVE ME A COMMENT ABOUT THE REVIEW--SOMETHING YOU LIKED, DIDN'T LIKE, LEARNED, ETC.

ALL ENTRIES ARE DUE BY
6PM, EST, SEPTEMBER 21

GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

112 comments:

civ05 said...

My daughter told me about your blog, as she has won some books from you in the past, and just in time, as I am google friends follower 400!!
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Ashley said...

I am excited about the memoir aspect, but I can never turn down the chance to try to make a pretty, yummy bakery confection. It is pretty much guaranteed to not be pretty, but sometimes it's super yummy~

Ashley said...

I'm a follower :)

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Pam said...

I've seen a photo of a recipe from this book on another blog that I'm very curious to try. Also, I sometimes wonder if I'm doing what I'm really supposed to in my life so I'd like to read about her career change...

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Pam said...

I'm a follower

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Tina said...

I am a follower through blogspot...love your site!

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Tina said...

I love reading books about food - since I can't actually eat most of it, at least it makes me feel as though I can live it through my reading :)

But I am a huge, huge fan of memoirs and this one is actually on my "To buy" list so winning it would be wonderful!
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Beth said...

I think I would want the book more for the memoirs - sounds interesting how she changed her life. But, the recipes also sound yummy!
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Julie P. said...

I'm not sure which part I'm more interested in, but I do love recipes!!!

I am also a follower via Google Reader!

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Amy M said...

I love to bake, so for me, the recipes are the kicker for me. I have not even gotten out of my jammies yet, but I am getting ready to rummage through the cabinets to see what I have and try to whip something up this morning. Baking in the fall and winter is the best!!

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Amy M said...

Oh, and I am a google friends follower. And I see that you hit 400!! Congratulations

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bermudaonion said...

Both parts sound great to me, but I think I'd enjoy the memoir a little bit more. Thanks for another great giveaway! milou2ster(at)gmail.com

bermudaonion said...

I subscribe in Google Reader.

Debbie said...

I want it for the recipes. I have a strong addiction to cookbooks!
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Debbie said...

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mariag said...

I am interested in the recipes. My daughter and I both love to bake.
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Wanda said...

The memoir or the recipes. A tough decision because I love both but since I have to pick one I'd say the recipes. The samples you've posted here will definitely be tried in my kitchen.
Please enter my name in your draw.
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Wanda said...

I am a Blogger follower. I also subscribe via Google Reader.
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Virginia said...

For a true foodie, the memories and the food would be intertwined. Food is one of the universal connecters, both in joy and in sadness.

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Neas Nuttiness said...

To be honest - the recipes will grab me first...but I'll get around to reading the rest!

Thanks for yet another wonderful giveaway!

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Neas Nuttiness said...

I'm a follower (Google Friends)

Thanks Karen!

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MJ said...

The recipes! mj.coward[at]gmail.com

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

The memoir sounds really good to me. Not that the recipes don't, but I'd like to read the story behind them!

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Jenny N. said...

I would say the memoir but after watching the video and seeing all the pastries it really made this a hard decision.

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Thanks for featuring this wonderful book giveaway. The recipes are tempting and the memoir is memorable. Love them both. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Tea said...

+1 I would like reading the memoir more than the recipes. Although, it's a hard choice. I like to read about people who have a passion for life, taking on new hobbies, careers, etc. I would love to win and read 'Confections of a Closet Master Baker: Giveaway and Yummy!"

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Tea said...

+1 I follow in all ways: Twitter, RSS, etc. I have your button on my blog too.

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Anonymous said...

I'll say the memoir. It's always fun to read about someone's life journey and successes.
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Anonymous said...

The interview was great. I love the author's advice to everyone, "Be fearless but also be excruciatingly honest with yourself." It's indeed hard advice to follow.

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Brenda said...

I love the memoir part of the book, I don't cook or bake a lot so wouldn't be as interested in the recipe portion.
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holdenj said...

If the recipes all sound as good as the chocolate whoopie one, that's enough for me! Sounds like a good memoir.

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Beth said...

Both parts sound fun, but LOVE recipes!

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M. said...

Both parts are attractive but I just finished 'I Loved I Lost I Made Spaghetti' and am reading 'Julie and Julia' so the memoir part is attracting me right now.

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M. said...

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thebookaddict said...

I'm looking forward to the memoir because who doesn't like a story about a new beginning. However, I love to bake so the recipe part is also very appealing to me!

Thanks for another great contest!

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thebookaddict said...

I follow via Google Friend Connect.

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thebookaddict said...

I tweeted about the giveaway!

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throuthehaze said...

I am excited to read the recipes!
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Marjorie said...

The memoirs are definitely the best part of a cookbook.

I am a follower.

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Diane said...

PLEASE enter me; i am a follower!

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DarcyO said...

I like the memoir aspect.

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Commchick said...

I want the book for the recipes, the memoir is just a bonus.

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I follow you on Blogger.

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quba said...

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quba said...

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Anonymous said...

I love reading recipes...

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Debs Desk said...

I would love to try some of the recipes.
Thanks
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Debs Desk said...

I am a follower.
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trishalynn0708 said...

That is a hard question. I am just now getting into Memoirs but I LOVE recipes. So I would have to say the recipes. :)

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DCMetroreader said...

The recipes are what I would love.
Thanks for the giveaway
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Sue said...

I'm equally intrigued by the memoir and the recipes, but really the words "coconut cream pie" are what had me hooked. Thanks for sharing this.

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dag888888 said...

It would have to be the memoir!

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windycindy said...

As much I enjoy baked goods, I would have to say the memoir aspect of her book is calling me.
Fabulous recipes in your review!
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windycindy said...

I have been following you via Google
Friend Connect, Google Reader Page and you are favored on my Technorati Page.
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Becca said...

Okay, the memoir sounds good but I'm going to have to confess that I'm a sucker for recipes that look yummy so I'm going to have to say it is the recipes.

Thanks
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Becca said...

I'm a follower through blogger.

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Becca said...

I blogged about it here:

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etirv said...

They make the book complete but it's the memoir that makes this book more special.

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Janel said...

I always think that if I could redo my college years I would have gone to culinary school, so I love to read how other people started their careers in that field. Um, that would be I like the memoir part more than the recipes!

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Janel said...

I follow through my Google Reader.

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Sarah Osborne said...

I'm more interested in the memoir...can't turn down a good read! But, having some more yummy recipes would be fun :)

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I am a new google follower!

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fredamans said...

Thank you for the entry.

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I love the memoir, but I love to cook, so the recipes is what I want to read!!

fredamans said...

I am a follower, via blogger reader.

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Amy said...

The memoir part of this book makes me want to read it more than the recipes but the recipes are a wonderful perk. As a "retired" lawyer who considered, seriously, starting a cookie business and would have if my disability hadn't caused my health to deteriorate so much (of course I'd probably still be a lawyer so....the chicken or the egg thing...LOL) therefore I'm really interested in Gesine Bullock-Prado's story.

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I am a follower of your blog via Blogger Dashboard and Google Reader

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Stacie said...

I'd love the memoir I think.

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Debbie F said...

I'm not much of a baker - just love to eat! So I want to read for the memoir!

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Anonymous said...

I'd have to say that both the memoir and the receipes would interest me equally. I love to hear the stories or history that pair up with various dishes.

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Belinda M said...

I would most interested in the recipes

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catss99 said...

the memoir..i love memoirs
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Misusedinnocence said...

They both appeal to me, but I really love recipes. :)

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Beth said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. I really like the memior, the recipes are just icing on the cake!

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Jen said...

I'm very interested in the recipes!

pippirose said...

The memoir aspect sounds wonderful...the recipes are the bonus!
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I am a "follower" now, through Blogger.
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Nancye said...

I would much more interested in a memoir. Recipes aren't that important because I can't cook!!

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Nancye said...

I thought this question was very well-thought out and was a perfect connection to the book.

"Is writing a book at all like baking?"

Well done!!

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Karin said...

THE MEMOIR ---looking forward to reading about the "eccentric characters and Hollywood nonsense"!

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Book Dragon said...

+1 ENTRY: TELL ME WHAT PART OF THIS BOOK MAKES YOU WANT IT MORE..THE MEMOIR OR THE RECIPES

You mean I have to choose? The Memoir part. The recipes are just icing on the cake


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Susie said...

+1 Oh THE RECIPES!

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