A Half Baked Idea: How grief, love and cake took me from the courtroom to Le Cordon Bleu (Hardback)Olivia Potts (author)
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'A tender and beautifully written tour-de-force on love, grief, hope and cake. If this is not the book of the summer, I will eat my wig. An absolute triumph' THE SECRET BARRISTER
'An utterly beautiful, moving, bittersweet book on love and loss. I loved it' DOLLY ALDERTON
At the moment her mother died, Olivia Potts was baking a cake, badly. She was trying to impress the man who would later become her husband.
Afterwards, grief pushed Olivia into the kitchen. She came home from her job as a criminal barrister miserable and tired, and baked soda bread, pizza, and chocolate banana cake. Her cakes sank and her custard curdled. But she found comfort in jams and solace in pies, and what began as a distraction from grief became a way of building a life outside grief, a way of surviving, and making sense of her life without her mum.
And so she concocted a plan: she would begin a newer, happier life, filled with fewer magistrates and more macaroons. She left the bar and enrolled on the Diplome de Patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu, plunging headfirst into the eccentric world of patisserie, with all its challenges, frustrations and culinary rewards - and a mind-boggling array of knives to boot.
Interspersed with recipes ranging from passionfruit pavlova to her mother's shepherd's pie, this is a heart-breaking, hilarious, life-affirming memoir about dealing with grief, falling in love and learning how to bake a really, really good cake.
'Moving, funny and mouth-watering in equal measure - a difficult literary confection to master' Guardian
'There is wit and warmth on every page. This is a book of courage, consolation and more custard than you can shake a whisk at' Laura Freeman, Times
'A love story, with sadness, humour and tension. Uplifting' Prue Leith, Spectator
'A brilliant, brave and beautiful book: funny and charming; utterly inspiring and life-affirming' Olivia Sudjic
'A heart-wrenching yet humorous portrayal of grief, a delicious collection of recipes, an inspirational tale of changing careers, and a feel good love story' Vogue
'An honest, brave and funny account of what it is to love, to lose love and how to make macarons' Red
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 483 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 34 mm
I cannot express how much I adored this book. It made me laugh, cry, salivate and, on no less than four occasions, resolve to learn patisserie and leave the criminal Bar. Olivia Potts has delivered a tender and beautifully written tour-de-force on the four tenets of the human experience; love, grief, hope and cake. If this is not the book of the summer, I will eat my wig. An absolute triumph * The Secret Barrister *
A heart-wrenching yet humorous portrayal of grief, a delicious collection of recipes, an inspirational tale of changing careers, and a feel good love story * Vogue *
An honest, brave and funny account of what it is to love, to lose love and how to make macarons * Red *
I loved it so much. It's funny, sharp, sad and full of clear observations about food. I laughed so much (and I cried) * Ella Risbridger, author of Midnight Chicken *
A brilliant, brave and beautiful book: funny and charming; utterly inspiring and life-affirming. I loved it * Olivia Sudjic *
Tender . . . filled with the comfort we all seek when dealing with grief * Stylist *
Potts writes powerfully about the nature of grief, yet she has the lightest of touches with her sensuous descriptions of food. A delightful read - and there are some terrific recipes in it, too * Daily Mail *
A heart-warming book about death and new beginnings that will delight cake lovers; it manages to be moving, funny and mouth-watering in equal measure - a difficult literary confection to master * Guardian *
Uplifting . . . tender * i *
An utterly beautiful, moving, bittersweet book on love and loss. I loved it * Dolly Alderton *
Heartbreaking and heartwarming in turns, it's a candid account of dealing with bereavement * Waitrose Weekend *
An open-hearted, uproariously funny, moving love story. It will make you laugh and cry in equal measure, and fall in love with baking, with eating, and with love itself. A remarkable book by an enormously talented writer * Kate Young, author of The Little Library Cookbook *
Honest, humorous and peppered with great recipes * Delicious *
Her writing inspires resilience * Woman & Home *
She writes with the precision required of a pastry chef. . . finely observed descriptions of texture, taste and smell. A love story, with sadness, humour and tension. Uplifting * Prue Leith, Spectator *
There are plenty of laughs, and her unfolding relationship with Sam is a joy * Country Life *
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“Tender, hilarious, brilliant”
A beautifully written and unreasonably funny reflection on love, loss, and all the things that happen when your life suddenly changes course. Don't miss it.
“A Half baked idea”
Rather heavy and somewhat repetitive.
Gave some insight into the intricacies of cordon bleu cookery and a rather mawkish description of grief/mourning.
I wouldn't really want to read it again.
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