Monday, June 22, 2015

Giveaway - The Cake Therapist AND Bake Happy - Judith Fertig

Oh, don't those cakes look sooooo yummy!? I've got an absolutely delicious giveaway for you today! One lucky reader is going to win a copy of each of Judith Fertig's books! And yes, they're both about cake - but one is fiction and one is a cookbook!

Let's start with the fiction title - The Cake Therapist.

From the publisher, Berkley Books:

"A fiction debut that will leave you wanting seconds, from an award-winning cookbook author.

Claire “Neely” O’Neil is a pastry chef of extraordinary talent. Every great chef can taste shimmering, elusive flavors that most of us miss, but Neely can “taste” feelings—cinnamon makes you remember; plum is pleased with itself; orange is a wake-up call. When flavor and feeling give Neely a glimpse of someone’s inner self, she can customize her creations to help that person celebrate love, overcome fear, even mourn a devastating loss.

Maybe that’s why she feels the need to go home to Millcreek Valley at a time when her life seems about to fall apart. The bakery she opens in her hometown is perfect, intimate, just what she’s always dreamed of—and yet, as she meets her new customers, Neely has a sense of secrets, some dark, some perhaps with tempting possibilities. A recurring flavor of alarming intensity signals to her perfect palate a long-ago story that must be told.

Neely has always been able to help everyone else. Getting to the end of this story may be just what she needs to help herself." Read an excerpt of The Cake Therapist.

And that story is going to make you want to bake! Choose a recipe from Bake Happy:100 Playful Desserts with Rainbow Layers, Hidden Fillings, Billowy Frostings, and more.

From the publisher, Running Press:

"Colorful, flavorful home-baked treats just say “happy,” and Bake Happy is all about adding a bit of joy back into your kitchen. A sweet baking book that will bring a smile to the dessert table, Bake Happy includes 100 recipes for cheerful cupcakes and cookies, bars and brownies, tarts and turnovers, and delicious cakes that are speckled, marbled, and striped. This cookbook can be used year-round and will satisfy your sweet tooth and your soul. Whether you’re in the mood for creamy chocolate, colorful cake layers, tasty cake batter, or special occasion desserts, you’ll find recipes for Citrus Glazed Sunset Cake, Rustic Cherry Pudding, Secret Filling Devil’s Food Cupcakes, and more. There are also various options for color and flavor combinations, and 30+ full-color photos throughout."

"Cookbook author Judith Fertig grew up in the Midwest, went to La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris and The Iowa Writers' Workshop, and now lives in Kansas City. Described by Saveur Magazine as a "heartland cookbook icon," Fertig writes cookbooks that reflect her love of bread, baking, barbecue, and the fabulous foods of the Heartland.

Fertig's food and lifestyle writing has appeared in more than a dozen publications, including Bon Appetit, Saveur and The New York Times. You can read some of her cookbooks like novels--the fabulously photographed Heartland, the award-winning and James Beard Awards-nominated Prairie Home Cooking (a "tour de force," says Saveur), the encyclopedic All-American Desserts, and Prairie Home Breads. Her IACP Cookbook Award-winning The Back in the Swing Cookbook (with Barbara C. Unell) takes you on a delicious daily journey to get you back in the swing after breast cancer.

And one of her books IS a novel, her debut The Cake Therapist (June 2015), the story of a talented pastry chef with a very special gift who opens a bakery in her hometown, with mesmerizing results." You can connect with Judith on Twitter as well as on Facebook, on Pinterest as well as on her blog!

One lucky reader will win both books. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Open to US only, no PO boxes please. Ends July 11/15.


carol said...

I do love food books - novels, cookbooks. Sounds like a fantastic pair.

holdenj said...

What a great idea--those types of books always send me to a cookbook or two anyway! Thanks!

traveler said...

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Vicki said...

What an awesome giveaway! I love foodie fiction and The Cake Therapist sounds really good. I wonder what secrets Neely is keeping. I used to bake all the time but haven't in a year or two. I think Bake Happy would inspire me to bake again.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Sue Farrell said...

I'm a foodie on a diet right now----but I'll be off it soon and would lovve to celebrate by making some fun desserts.

Unknown said...

I would love to read this book. It looks good!

Karin said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Kailey said...

I always love novels about bakers (they are surprisingly hard to find!), and pairing it with a cookbook is a brilliant idea as they always inspire me to bake!

Lizbeth said...

I love books about baking/eating!

Grandma Cootie said...

This sounds like so much fun, and what a great giveaway!

Kim H. said...

These are such fun books!!

NewNew said...

I miss baking so much. Once I'm done studying for this stupid test, everyone I love is going to get an endless stream of sweets.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

I just saw the cake therapist book the other day and i thought it looked so good!