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June 26, 2015 / Leslie

Friday Feature and a Two Book Giveaway

The Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig

Award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig has just released her first novel, The Cake Therapist, combining her expertise in baking with a passion for storytelling.

Today I have a delicious treat — an opportunity for one of my readers to win a copy of The Cake Therapist AND Judith’s brand new cookbook, Bake Happy.

About the Book

CakeTherapistThe Cake Therapist

by Judith Fertig
Publisher: Berkley Trade Paperback | 304 pages
Publication Date: June 2015

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.

About the Author

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 encylopedic 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.

Visit Judith at her blog, Alfresco.

Two Book Giveaway

Win a copy of The Cake Therapist AND Judith’s brand new cookbook, Bake Happy.


To enter, fill out the form below on or before midnight, Saturday, July 4th. Continental US addresses only. For an extra entry, tweet or blog about the giveaway. The winner will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond.

[Giveaway has ended]

Winner: Elisabeth

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Source: Giveaway provided by Tandem Literary
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Leave a Comment
  1. Diane / Jun 26 2015 6:08 am

    This seems like an awesome duo giveaway.


  2. Sheila (Book Journey) / Jun 26 2015 9:17 am

    Love that the books are together -what a fun package.


  3. This book is on my TBR and I love that the giveaway includes a cookbook!


  4. Betty Escobar / Jun 26 2015 4:49 pm

    sounds like a good read, would love to win


  5. Tina / Jun 27 2015 6:52 am

    Great giveaway and i liked your review. This has been on my to-read list!


  6. Beth F / Jun 27 2015 7:11 am

    What an awesome giveaway. If I didn’t already have both books, I’d be all over this. I haven’t gotten around to reading the Cake Therapist yet … must bump it up!


  7. lakesidemusing / Jun 27 2015 8:01 am

    Great giveaway – thanks! This book has been everywhere lately… looks like fun.


  8. Diane La Rue (@bookchickdi) / Jun 27 2015 8:02 am

    The cover of this book just makes me happy looking at it.


  9. Vicki / Jun 27 2015 3:23 pm

    Love this giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!


  10. Laurie C / Jun 27 2015 4:47 pm

    I hadn’t heard of this author or her books before! I’m going to leave the giveaway to others because I don’t do much baking with regular flour anymore, but I’ll look for the novel!


  11. Claudia / Jun 27 2015 5:42 pm

    Sounds like a really enjoyable book, and how great to host a giveaway!


  12. nurlitayulia14 / Jun 27 2015 8:26 pm

    when i see cake .. my mind fly.. cause im fatng today 😀


  13. readerbuzz / Jun 28 2015 5:02 pm

    It would be lovely to win, but I’m going to add it to my wish list, too. Thank you!



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