This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
Earlier this week, Zarina said The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughan was a delicious read, which she “devoured like a freshly baked, homemade bread”. Today we’re offering you the opportunity to find out for yourself with a lovely, newly printed copy of the book up for grabs.
There are many reasons to bake: to feed; to create; to impress; to nourish; to define ourselves; and, sometimes, it has to be said, to perfect. But often we bake to fill a hunger that would be better filled by a simple gesture from a dear one. We bake to love and be loved.
In 1966, Kathleen Eaden, cookery writer and wife of a supermarket magnate, published The Art of Baking, her guide to nurturing a family by creating the most exquisite pastries, biscuits and cakes.Now, five amateur bakers are competing to become the New Mrs Eaden. There's Jenny, facing an empty nest now her family has flown; Claire, who has sacrificed her dreams for her daughter; Mike, trying to parent his two kids after his wife's death; Vicki, who has dropped everything to be at home with her baby boy; and Karen, perfect Karen, who knows what it's like to have nothing and is determined her façade shouldn't slip.
As unlikely alliances are forged and secrets rise to the surface, making the choicest choux bun seems the least of the contestants' problems. For they will learn – as Mrs Eaden did before them – that while perfection is possible in the kitchen, it's very much harder in life.
To enter the competition, leave a comment telling us why you'd like to win.This is for entrants in the UK only and the last day for entries will be next Friday 27 June. Winners will be contacted via the email address used to enter. Best of luck!