Book Review

August '16

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living (Hardcover)
Louise Miller

This is the perfect summer book! Just what you need for an escapist read that has some, but not too much substance.

Olivia works as a pastry chef at a fancy Boston Club, that is, she did, until she dropped a heavy tray of flaming Baked Alaska which lit the curtains, and then the club, on fire. (oops)

Escaping to Vermont to visit her best friend Hannah, Olivia starts to see the appeal of retreating to a quieter country way of life.  The local inn, The Sugar Maple, is looking for a baker who can bake the inn's way back to glory in the town's apple pie contest, and Livvy might be just the person to do it.  Margaret, the inn's owner, hires Livvy on a trial basis, after an interview in which she is required to bake sample pies and tarts.  Olivia and her fabulous dog Salty move into an old sugaring house on the inn's property, and are soon the talk of the quiet rural town.  Her unorthodox hair colors, love of bellying up to the bar, and insistence on doing things her way ruffle some very tradition bound feathers.

I enjoyed this book so much! The author is a baker, and writes so appetizingly about food, you will be hungry the entire time you are reading.  There is a lovely small town feel, and several local families endearingly include Olivia and Salty into their traditions.  Add in some love, romance, fiddle music and arch rivalry over cookie and apple pie contests, and you've got a book you can't put down.