Monday, November 25, 2013

BookSneeze Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish

Christa Parrish's book "Home Another Way" is still one of my favourites. I was excited to be given this book to read. 
With a past that has left her empty, Liesl strives to achieve perfection in bread. Making bread is a legacy passed down from her mother and grandmother, kneading their memories into the dough.  (I wished my great grandmother had passed down the instruction for her dough along with the basic recipes.) Bread may not seem like a craft that artists would be drawn to but we all KNOW when we have bit into the perfect loaf. Christa brings into the story history of bread along with the history/depth of her character.
The language of the book is specially crafted with poetry. "Modern home-cooks think nothing of tearing open a bag of silken flour and a package of active dry yeast, and pouring the dry ingredients into a machine with a couple measures of water and a tour hour wait for a fresh loaf. Breads dark history is unknown to them. And the sacrifice." pg 6
With the trend of making artisan breads that has grown recently, this is a great subject. Books and Classes have sprung up every where. Craftsy Bread Classes:HERE
Christa also gives you RECIPES in the book.

Will Seamus be able to break through her hard crust? Or is Leisl content to remain shut in her bakery?

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Book Description from Publisher:
A solitary artisan. A legacy of bread-baking. And one secret that could collapse her entire identity.

Liesl McNamara’s life can be described in one word: bread. From her earliest memory, her mother and grandmother passed down the mystery of baking and the importance of this deceptively simple food. And now, as the owner of Wild Rise bake house, Liesl spends every day up to her elbows in dough, nourishing and perfecting her craft.

But the simple life she has cultivated is becoming quite complicated. Her head baker brings his troubled grandson into the bakeshop as an apprentice. Her waitress submits Liesl’s recipes to a popular cable cooking show. And the man who delivers her flour—a single father with strange culinary habits—seems determined to win Liesl’s affection.

When Wild Rise is featured on television, her quiet existence appears a thing of the past. And then a phone call from a woman claiming to be her half-sister forces Liesl to confront long-hidden secrets in her family’s past. With her precious heritage crumbling around her, the baker must make a choice: allow herself to be buried in detachment and remorse, or take a leap of faith into a new life.

Filled with both spiritual and literal nourishment, Stones for Bread provides a feast for the senses from award-winning author Christa Parrish.

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