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A Half Baked Idea: Winner of the Fortnum & Mason’s Debut Food Book Award

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At the moment her mother died, Olivia Potts was baking a cake, badly. She wanted to impress the man she was dating, a cooking enthusiast who would later become her husband. So she tucked into the cake, completely unaware that, 275 miles away, her mother was dying. 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, making sense of her life without her mum. She left the bar and enrolled on the Dipl̫me de P̢tisserie at Le Cordon Bleu, plunging headfirst into the eccentric world of patisserie, with all its challenges, frustrations and culinary rewards Рand a mind-boggling array of knives to boot.

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WINNER OF THE FORTNUM & MASON’S DEBUT FOOD BOOK AWARD

‘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

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Olivia Potts’ mother died when she just twenty-five. Stricken with grief, she did something life changing and rather ridiculous: she gave up a high-flying legal career to study at the notoriously difficult Le Cordon Bleu, despite not being able to cook. No one ever told Olivia you couldn’t bake your way to happiness – but could you?
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‘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 storyVogue

Funny, sharp and sad. I laughed so much (and I cried)’ Ella Risbridger, author of Midnight Chicken

‘An honest, brave and funny account of what it is to love, to lose love and how to make macaronsRed

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Weight 0.255 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.2 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

357

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

641.815092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K