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Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan - also available as an audiobook.
A quiet seaside resort. An abandoned shop. A small flat. This is what awaits Polly Waterford when she arrives at the Cornish coast, fleeing a ruined relationship. To keep her mind off her troubles, Polly throws herself into her favorite hobby: making bread. But her relaxing weekend diversion quickly develops into a passion. As she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, each loaf becomes better than the last. Soon, Polly is working her magic with nuts and seeds, chocolate and sugar, and the local honey-courtesy of a handsome beekeeper. Packed with laughter and emotion, Little Beach Street Bakery is the story of how one woman discovered a bright new life where she least expected it.
The Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig
Claire "Neely" O'Neil is a pastry chef of extraordinary talent: she can "taste" feelings. When flavor and feeling give Neely a glimpse of someone's inner self, she can customize her creations to help them. Meeting customers in her new bakery, Neely has a sense of secrets. A recurring, intense flavor 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.
A Moveable Feast by Anthony Bourdain
From bat on the island of Fais to chicken on a Russian train to barbecue in the American heartland, from mutton in Mongolia to couscous in Morocco to tacos in Tijuana - on the road, food nourishes us not only physically, but intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually too. It can be a gift that enables a traveler to survive, a doorway into the heart of a tribe, or a thread that weaves an indelible tie; it can be awful or ambrosial - and sometimes both at the same time. Celebrate the riches and revelations of food with this 38-course feast of true tales set around the world.
The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan - also available as an audiobook.
It is June 5, 1944. In the years that her sleepy coastal village has suffered since the Germans invaded, Emma has baked contraband bread she shares with the hungry villagers, remembering the Jewish baker who taught her. Under the cold, watchful eyes of armed soldiers, she builds a clandestine network of barter and trade that she and the villagers use to thwart their occupiers. But her gift to the village is more than these few crusty loaves. Emma gives the people a taste of hope - the faith that one day the Allies will arrive to save them.