In The Happy Baker, Erin Bolger really sets a FUN tone to the book. She talks about her ups and downs, and shares some of her own personal history, as well as some really great recipes (and guess what - there are a ton of photos which are my favorite thing in good cookbooks!).
This chic-lit cookbook is broken down into four parts: Chapter 1: The Early Years, Chapter 2: They Break It, You Bake It, Chapter 3: The Good, The Bad, and The Fugly, Chapter 4: Single and Sassy. Within each chapter are some really funny stories from her life: think speed-dating, psychics... and her dating rules are great. Finally, as if the stories weren't enough to make me laugh, or smile, or sigh with that "been there, done that" feeling, there are 60 awe inspiring recipes, each with a wonderful photo! There were some great twists on favorites (nanaimo bars, cheesecakes, cookies), as well as some new recipes I'm simply dying to try (S'mores bars, Sea Salted Caramels, Tall, Dark, and Caramel cookies).
by Erin Bolger
Harlequin (October 1, 2010) ~ 160 pages
Entertainment / Humor / Baking
Edition Reviewed: Paperback - Review copy received courtesy of The Amazon Vine Program!
About the Book:
20+ 30+ years of dating fiascos
60+ down-home, comforting recipes
1 pink baking hammer, with apron and lip gloss to match
Many (many) bottles of wine
Too many tears
A whole lotta laughter
Yields: 1 very happy baker
We've all been there.
The blind date from hell. The Big Hurt.
The guy who details his various surgeries over Caesar salad on the first date.
Who needs a pint of rocky road when you can head to the kitchen and work out your heartache with a whisk and a bottle of wine? Erin Bolger has been there, dated that and baked through it all. Turns out the more bitter the heartbreak, the sweeter the batter. So don't cry over bad dates, bad boyfriends or bad breakups—whip up a batch of My-Mom-Didn't-Like-You-Anyway Cupcakes and bake yourself happy.
“The Happy Baker Book is a reflection of me, like a good country song, honest and relatable…but without the line dancing.”
Growing up in a small town in Ontario, Erin Bolger realized her love for baking early on. From her first solo batch of shortbread at the tender age of nine followed a few years later by her first cookbook for the County Fall School Fair, unbeknownst to her, Erin was writing the recipe for her future. She may have been a late bloomer when it came to dating, and she may not have always followed her Mom's dating advice even though, of course, Mom was right. But she did follow her Mom's baking instructions, which always had a happy ending. Though the pickin's may have been slim back home, that all changed when Erin moved to the big city (Toronto) during her college years. Her adventures in baking and dating developed. Not only were the ingredients more available, so were the men.
After graduating from a Fashion & Cosmetics program Erin became a make-up artist working in Toronto. She has celebrated her career as a Makeup Artist in Toronto for nearly 17 years. Her one of a kind personality, exceptional talent and professionalism has secured her with enviable opportunities within the industry and has been a draw to celebrity clientele and industry professionals, who've sought and relied upon Erin's expertise (and baked goods) throughout the years. She has always baked away her stress (usually caused by men) and for years would share these recipes with friends and co-workers. Any emotional baker knows that the sharing part is just as important as the baking part. Erin became known in the industry for her recipes just as much as her make-up skills.
Erin's work can be seen splashed across Television Networks, through Print and Commercial work. Among her vast portfolio, some of Erin's more recent accomplishments can be viewed on The Next Star (Season 1), So You Think You Can Dance Canada & Inside the Box with Ty Pennington and she's pretty darn sure her recipes helped the success of the shows. Erin never thought she would have a change of professions or that her passion for baking would turn into a successful career. But as her dating experiences became more complicated, her need for simple comfort baking increased (the harder the break-up the better the biscotti). Her stories and baking became such apart of people in her every day life it was an easy transition to become The Happy Baker. When asked by her colleagues why she was always baking she replied "I'm happiest when I'm baking". They prompted her to share her stories & recipes with everyone. Erin had a moment of inspiration that hit her like a ton of bricks. She put paper to pen and wrote every waking moment releasing years of dating & baking memories. She brought her vision for a fun, relatable book to life and from that The Happy Baker cookbook was born…
Erin can now be seen on her own Food Network.ca web series The Happy Baker
Make sure you check out her website for excerpts and some of the recipes!! http://www.thehappybakerchick.com/book.html
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