Book Review | Confections of a Closet Master Baker

Confections of a Closet Master Baker: One Woman’s Sweet Journey from Unhappy Hollywood Executive to Contented Country Baker. A memoir by Gesine Bullock-Prado


Confections of a Closet Master Baker is a truly delightful memoir spanning the life of the author, Gesine. She and her sister, Sandy, split their childhood between Germany and the United States with a German mother who sang opera and a father from Alabama who worked at the Pentagon.

Gesine graduated from law school and moved to LA with her sister who’s acting career was blossoming in Hollywood. Gesine became the executive manager of Sandy’s career, “doing lunch,” managing the piles of scripts that came across her desk, and generally spiraling downward into an angry, jaded pit of despair that is Hollywood. One bright light in Hollywood, next to Sandy, was Gesine’s husband, Ray; a dashingly handsome entertainment illustrator.

After the death of Gesine’s mother, a series of well-placed events and signs encourage her to leave the land of blindingly white teeth and fake tans and she and Ray escape the grip of Hollywood to settle in Montpelier, Vermont, where they open a Gesine’s Confectionary. Gesine’s storytelling is very frank, with glorious insight to her blunt opinions, experiences, and rich history that brought her to settle in Vermont. Each chapter is written as the progressing hours in a day in the life of a bakery owner, but beautifully woven with stories of her youth and family, and – the best part, in my opinion – recipes tucked into the end of several chapters. Each recipe has a story and a memory of its own, creating its own private vortex of emotions, scents, and mouth-wateringly delectable visuals.

“Chock-full of eccentric characters, lovingly detailed descriptions of her baking process, and wickedly funny tableaus of Hollywood habits, obsessions, and posturing, the ingredients of her story will appeal to anyone who has ever considered leaving the life they know and completely starting over.”

Gesine has now written several books, has been featured in magazines like Better Homes and Gardens, has been featured on the Food Network, and has a blog which can be seen here.

Her books include:

Confections of a Closet Master Baker

My Life from Scratch

Sugar Baby (Recipe book)

Bake It Like You Mean It (Recipe book)

Pie it Forward (Recipe book)


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