Life Is What You Bake It - by Vallery Lomas (Hardcover)

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Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up

Number of Pages: 288

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Cooking + Food + Wine

Sub-Genre: Methods

Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers

Book theme: Baking

Author: Vallery Lomas

Language: English

Street Date: September 7, 2021
TCIN: 82078171
UPC: 9780593137680
Item Number (DPCI): 247-29-5829
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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About the Book



"The first Black person to win The Great American Baking Show shares her story of personal growth and more than 100 delicious recipes. Popular baking personality and lawyer turned baker Vallery Lomas was ecstatic when she learned she won the third season of The Great American Baking Show. However, her win was never seen by the world--Vallery's season was pulled after just a few episodes when one of the judges became a focal point in a Me Too accusation. Rather than throwing in her whisk and lamenting all of the missed opportunities she hoped to receive (Book deal! Product endorsements! TV show!), she held her head high and hustled--which resulted in her getting press coverage everywhere from CNN to People magazine. Now, Vallery debuts her first baking book. With 100 recipes for everything from Apple Cider Fritters to Lemon-Honey Madeleines and Crawfish Hand Pies to her Grandma's Million Dollar Cake. Vallery shares heirloom family recipes from her native Louisiana, time spent in Paris, The Great American Baking Show, and of course sweets and breads inspired by her adopted hometown, New York City. Vallery's "when life gives you lemons, make lemon curd" philosophy will empower legions of bakers and fans to find their inner warrior and bake their best life"--



Book Synopsis



ONE OF THE TEN BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR: Boston Globe - ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR: Food Network, The Washington Post, Time Out, Glamour, Taste of Home, Southern Living, Library Journal

"As much about a collection of recipes that makes your mouth water and tugs at your heart with food memories as it is about the chronicles and life lessons of a true comeback kid."--Carla Hall

Popular baking personality and lawyer turned baker Vallery Lomas debuts her first baking book celebrating more than 100 recipes for everything from Apple Cider Fritters to Lemon-Honey Madeleines and Crawfish Hand Pies to her Grandma's Million Dollar Cake. Vallery shares heirloom family recipes from her native Louisiana, time spent in Paris, The Great American Baking Show (which she famously won!), and of course sweets and breads inspired by her adopted hometown, New York City. Vallery's "when life gives you lemons, make lemon curd" philosophy will empower legions of bakers and fans to find their inner warrior and bake their best life.

"Life Is What You Bake It is not only a collection of recipes but also an empowering book that shows us there's often more possible than we can even imagine."--Julia Turshen, bestselling author of Simply Julia, host of Keep Calm and Cook On podcast, and founder of Equity at the Table



Review Quotes




"Life Is What You Bake It is at once deeply personal and eminently practical. Vallery weaves together evocative stories about honoring family, overcoming disappointment, and pushing through fear."--Claire Saffitz, author of Dessert Person

"Brimming with fond memories, gorgeous full-page photography, and expert tips and tricks, Life Is What You Bake It is all about managing the unexpected twists thrown at you--while baking or otherwise." --Michelle Baricevic, Food Network online editorial coordinator

"Lomas is an inspiration as a baker (have you seen Almost-Ate-the-Plate Carrot Cake?), a writer (headnote readers, you're in for some beautiful storytelling), but also as a human being, pursuing her passion for baking and continuing it against seemingly impossible setbacks. We're luckier for it."--Deb Perelman, author of Smitten Kitchen Every Day

"I don't know what's more inspiring, Vallery's incredible and deeply courageous story or her stunning, crave-worthy recipes. Life Is What You Bake It truly has it all: the kinds of stories that make you feel like you're hanging out with a good friend, loads of tips that will help you become a better baker, and of course, baked goods that you'll want to totally devour."--Molly Yeh, Food Network host and cookbook author

"Chef Vallery's story lets you know that if you can put your mind to it, you can achieve it. She also makes it clear that if you want delicious baked goods, you should take a page out of her book. From her simple nostalgic Strawberry Smash to her decadent bananas foster pancakes, there is a recipe in here for everyone!"--Kwame Onwuachi, author of Notes From a Young Black Chef, James Beard Rising Star Chef and judge on Top Chef

"[Vallery] will guide you with her endless charm and beautifully written recipes to bake like a champion."--Zoë François, author of Zoë Bakes Cakes and TV host

"Vallery Lomas brings her trademark zest and enthusiasm to American classics and offers up a chapter of easy-to-master French pastries from her life in Paris. I can't wait to bake my way through this delicious collection of recipes!"--David Lebovitz, author of Drinking French and My Paris Kitchen

"I LOVE IT! I felt immediately comforted and uplifted by Vallery's writing, which is warm, engaging, and thoughtful. There's something in the book for everybody, no matter their skill level or confidence."--Ruby Tandoh, food writer and author of Eat Up!

"While the gorgeous photography and delicious recipes immediately drew me in, Vallery's compelling journey and family history bring a depth and joy to each and every recipe."--Sarah Kieffer, author of 100 Cookies and The Vanilla Bean Blog

"The Great American Baking Show winner Lomas debuts with an inspiring collection that combines life lessons, family lore, and behind-the-scenes peeks at the reality show world, with more than 100 indulgent recipes."--Publishers Weekly



About the Author



Vallery Lomas is the winner of The Great American Baking Show and the first Black winner of the Great British Bake Off franchise. She hosts the digital show Vallery Bakes Your Questions on Food Network's website and the Food Network Kitchen app. She has also appeared on CNN, the Today show, Live with Kelly & Ryan, the History Channel, and the Hallmark Channel. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Vallery attended college and law school in Los Angeles, practiced law in Washington D.C., and spent a gap year in Paris--where she perfected both her French and pastry skills--before settling in Harlem. She is a frequent columnist and recipe contributor to the New York Times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews
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Birthday Gift

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Target Shopper - 8 months ago, Verified purchaser
Made a wonderful gift for niece who loves to bake.
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Who knew a cookbook could be a page-turner?!

5 out of 5 stars
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Grace - 1 year ago
“Life is What You Bake It” is stunning! The book has bright, gorgeous photographs and lovely design, but Vallery Lomas’ voice throughout is the most beautiful element. Her story is heartfelt and personal, ranging from the very relatable (family memories) to the intriguing (life as a contestant and champion of The Great American Baking Show!). I have sent this book to family and friends in their 20s, 90s, and in between, confident her story will resonate with all of them. Even my 5 year old daughter enjoyed it! As we looked through the book together, she read recipe titles and marveled at the photos of Lomas and her family and of each recipe, exclaiming “beautiful,” “yummy,” and “I want to eat that!” The deep family connections in Lomas’ stories and recipes were a good reminder to make memories of our own in the kitchen. The instructions are clear, precise, and thoughtful, making excellent results very attainable for bakers of all skill levels. Lomas provides thorough guidance and does not leave you wondering how to tell if something is actually done or what you must have missed between steps three and four. The accompanying notes and tips are exactly what I want to know - storage, substitutes, and what I can make ahead. I have tried the following recipes and each has been a huge hit. I would happily make any one of them again and look forward to trying more from the book: - Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Brownies - incredibly fudgey and actually stays fudgey without drying out - Bourbon Pecan Pie - everything you want a pecan pie to be - Olive Oil Chocolate Chunk Cookies - perfect texture, a lovely take on my favorite cookie - One-Bowl Blueberry Buckle - no-fuss crowd pleaser, perfect to pop in the oven before dinner to have a ready to serve dessert after I don’t bake often, but this book has me very eager to try another of its recipes. What an enjoyable read and fantastic cookbook!
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Beautiful and inspiring... more than a cookbook

5 out of 5 stars
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MamaDoc - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
The photos were beautiful. The stories were written with inspiration and family themes permeate this book. Recipes are written for every skill level. Loved it!
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