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The Art of Baking Blind

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  1,045 Ratings  ·  304 Reviews
There are many reasons to bake: to feed; to create; to impress; to nourish; to define ourselves; and, sometimes, it has to be said, to perfect. But often we bake to fill a hunger that would be better filled by a simple gesture from a dear one. We bake to love and be loved.

In 1966, Kathleen Eaden, cookbook writer and wife of a supermarket magnate, published The Art of Baki
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by St. Martin's Press (first published July 1st 2014)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I'm going to gif the hell outta this review. So all you gif haters have something to b@#ch about this week. Rejoice!

Back in the 1960's Kathleen Eaden wrote the ode to baking. Not only did she do that but she put forth that perfect mother, perfect wife, helped her husband open a chain of upscale grocery stores. She was that perfect woman.

But was she really?

Now she has recently passed away and the grocery store chain needs a new Mrs. Eaden to promote their baking line and products. So they are ru
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

The Art of Baking Blind is pleasant debut novel for British journalist Sarah Vaughan.

In 1966, Kathleen Eaden, cookery writer and wife of a supermarket magnate, published 'The Art of Baking', her guide to nurturing a family by creating the most exquisite pastries, biscuits and cakes. A year after her death, a competition is being held to find the 'New Mrs Eaden', where the winner will receive a 50,000 contract to advise the supermarket on its selection of baked products, take the lead in an adver
Jun 28, 2014 Zarina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Before I knew anything about the contents of this novel I had already fallen in love with the striking turquoise colour of its packaging and the simple yet very effective drawing adorning the cover. It begs to be oohed and aahed over, not to mention to be stroked. A lot. And once I started reading, I discovered that the story within was equally beautiful and enthralling.

Kathleen was famous not only for being the photogenic wife of grocery magnate George Ea
Sep 29, 2015 Nicki rated it liked it
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Aug 17, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Over the past couple of years there's been a flurry of novels published with covers and titles that include cakes and chocolate and cafes. It would be easy to assume that Sarah Vaughan's The Art of Baking Blind is another story from the same mould - or cake tin. I have absolutely nothing against the 'cupcake' books and have read and enjoyed a few of them, however, I do think that as beautiful as the cover of this book is, it could very easily be passed by when browsing the bookshop shelf.

The Art
Martine Bailey
I devoured this in a few days; it's an addictive chocolate-layer cake of a book with a frothy topping of rivalry, layers of emotional yearning and a sprinkling of the bitter truths of life.
Debut novelist Sarah Vaughan takes a fascinating cultural phenomenon - the baking competition - and produces a tale just as more-ish as the Victoria sponges and mini-tartlets it describes. Kathleen Eaden is a baking icon: slim, elegant and effortlessly perfect. Excerpts from her Art of Baking head each chapter
May 29, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, net-galley, 2015
Eaden and Sons are running a baking competition to find the new face for their baking campaigns. Mrs Eadon wrote The Art of Baking in the 1960's and the book is still very popular. The new campaign will use many of her recipes.

Five contestants are chosen and they travel down to the family home every weekend to take part in a baking competition where the winners release a clip on YouTube. Jenny is an older lady and her children are leading their own lives and her husband has just started training
Jan 01, 2016 Claire rated it really liked it
The Art of Baking Blind is a lovely ode to The Great British Bake Off, one of my favourite TV programmes.

The story alternates between the competition to find the new Mrs Eaden and the competition's inspiration, Kathleen Eaden, the wife of a grocer turned supermarket magnate as she writes her best seller "The art of baking". As the book progresses we get an insight into the personal lives of both the contestants and Kathleen. Slowly the story becomes one of relationships. It shows how a relation
Jun 24, 2014 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of The Great British Bake-off I adored this book as I could so envision this book being true. It took me a while to get to know which character was which as there was quite a lot of back story but it is needed. I also liked the way the older story ran through the book and entwined all the current characters. I just wished at the end there was a sum up chapter, like they do on the cooking shows. For instance Claire is now doing this, Vicki that etc!

Definitely one for anyone interest
May 10, 2014 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and devoured it in 3 days!! No pun intended! I didn't want it to end!
I love baking and it was the title which first attracted me. I immediately warmed to the characters, especially Jenny and Karen and found them all very believable. The ongoing thread of the original Mrs Eaden really added to the story, and in some ways was the lynch pin of the book, although at first it felt intrusive. Reading the book made we want to go to the kitchen and start cooking! I want more of this b
May 04, 2015 Samantha rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of this book through the Goodreads first reads program. I wanted to really like this book because I found the premise very interesting, but, in the end, it was just okay for me. The main thing is that there are too many characters and some never get fleshed out or used to their full potential. I would have rather had fewer characters and a more in depth story on all of them.
Jan 31, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
A most excellent read, and a surprisingly engaging debut novel.
Women's fiction, to be sure, this story has a ring of truth that will resonate with all women, regardless of their specific path.
Very, very British in style; witty, funny, sad, and triumphant.
Jul 05, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it
If you like The Great British Baking Show, you will like this book. The characters are great and they draw you into the story.
Alison Clark
May 25, 2014 Alison Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant read for anyone who loves to escape when baking - and a great book for showing you never really know whats happening behind closed doors.
Claire Saim
Apr 18, 2015 Claire Saim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En 1966, la britannique Kathleen Eaden, talentueuse écrivain culinaire et épouse d’un magnat des supermarchés millionnaire et fou amoureux d’elle, publie son best-seller, L’Art de la pâtisserie.

Plus qu’un livre de cuisine, son ouvrage va inspirer des générations de femmes dans tous les domaines de leur vie. Kathleen y prêche l’amour de la cuisine, comme l’amour de la famille, et pour elle il n’y a pas de plus beau cadeau que puisse offrir une femme aux siens que de contenter leurs papilles. De l
Dara Megan
Sep 25, 2016 Dara Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mam sto chuti napsat, ze to byl sladky pribeh s prichuti vanilky, skorice, rozinek, ale take s pridavkem chilli papricek, horkych mandli.. Ale byl by to kyc.
Proto napisu, ze to byl pribeh, ktery me prekvapil vsim, co se v nem odehravalo a jak autorka dokazala na necelych 400 stran dostat zivoty peti zen a jednoho muze, to me udivilo a bavilo. Mile pocteni a ted me omluvte.. Musim si jit dat neco sladkeho, sic mi neprestanou tect sliny :D
Review & Giveaway: When I was about four years old, a neighbor taught me to bake Toll House cookies and I’ve been hooked on baking (and Toll House cookies) ever since. Being a confirmed lifelong chocoholic, I think I ate more of the chocolate chips than went into the cookies but she was very gracious about it. So it was a no brainer that I would choose to read and review The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughan. I thought it would make a nice departure from all of the intense thrillers I ...more
Jun 01, 2015 Leigh rated it really liked it
The Art of Baking Blind is a contemplative look at the lives of contestants as they compete in a cooking contest. Each have their reasons for wanting to win—one wants the financial security that winning would give her, other wants to prove that her talent has value, another needs the re-assurance that life can managed if you follow a recipe.
What I liked about the book:
I liked the characters. They are fully fleshed out with faults, weaknesses, and attributes. It’s easy to become immersed in their
Feb 21, 2015 Becky rated it it was amazing
Vaughan has created five very likeable characters in the contestants for the “Next Mrs. Eaden, ‘ although Mike seems like the required male, an afterthought serving only as a foil for Claire’s Jay. Kathleen Eadon, who appears in back flashes, is the glue that serves to highlight each of the other character’s flaws and perfections. The book is lengthy (over 400 pages) but is a “quick” read. You will want to know the conclusion of the contest, and the soluti
Jun 27, 2014 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1966 cookery writer Mrs Kathleen Eaden publishes The Art of Baking. It's a hit. A cookery book like Delia's, like Mary Berry's. Every household has a copy.

Fast forward to the present and Eaden & Son's - a chain of upmarket supermarkets - is running a competition to find the next Mrs Eaden. There are five competitors who are to compete in a Bake Off style competition. All can bake. All have things going on in their lives behind the baking. Jenny, struggling now her family has grown up. Cl
Jun 25, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am not a keen baker myself, but that didn't matter. This is a well plotted book that will appeal to women in general and middle class mums in particular. I was reminded of Sebastian Faulks "A Week in December" as there are several story lines all woven together building to a dramatic conclusion. The writing style is easy to read with lots of contemporary references, contrasting with the prim tones of the 60's cookbook which head each chapter. I romped through it ...more
Won this on Goodreads!

A wonderful story about five individuals with a common passion for baking. They each come from different walks of life, with different backgrounds and insecurities. I loved getting to know Vicki, Jenny, Karen, Claire and Mike, who each have their own personality and are very well developed. I also loved the sixth character of this book: Kitty. The woman who brought these five people together and had a story all her own.

Overall, I enjoyed the plot and the characters and I lo
May 22, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

I would give this book more than 5 stars! Absolutely loved it. I smiled, laughed and cried my way through it.

The writing style is clever and easy to read. The characters are strong, with real personality to them.

5 contestants in a baking competition, from all walks of life and yet each had something I could relate to.

1 star baker's story that was both heartbreaking and addictive.

A truly brilliant and worthwhile read. You won't be sorry. Worthy
Feb 06, 2015 Sal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. My only issue is about the one token male in the competition final: he didn't seem to have much story line, which is why I saw as a token male. I would have preferred more about his life and his cooking, rather than concentrating on the women in the final so much. But I did enjoy it.
I had a free copy from Goodreads.
Marjoleine Kok
May 17, 2014 Marjoleine Kok rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. It explores 5 peoples lives and how they came to be in the competition. Each competitor is leads completely different lives to each other, each with their own issues,yet they compliment each other beautifully. I couldn't put this book down...just be warned some of the receipes in there will make you hungry !!!
Nov 01, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. For fans of the Great British Baking Show, which I love, follows 5 contestants as they enter a competition for the next Mrs Eaden, the queen of baking in Britain. Wonderful book it delves into the characters & their connection to baking their lives and what the competition means for them.
Heather Duff
Jul 10, 2014 Heather Duff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for providing me with an advance copy
in exchange for an honest review

This afternoon I sat and finished this novel, I had been taking my time with it, enjoying every delicious morsel in it and I hope I can convey to you how wonderful this story is!

The Art of Baking Blind is a story about food, about putting yourself first for a change and also about letting go of regret and trying to move on. It is told from two periods, the first period is the sixties, we mee
May 05, 2015 Kristina rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I just finished reading The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughan. It is a British novel about five people who have entered a competition to be the next Mrs. Eaden. Kathleen Eaden was the face of her husband’s chain of grocery stores called Eaden and Sons. Kathleen was an avid baker and wrote a column about baking for Home Magazine. Kathleen also wrote a cookbook called The Art of Baking. It was published in 1966 and is considered a classic. Kathleen Eaden had died the previous year and now the ...more
Apr 06, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it
One year after the death of Kathleen Eaden, author of the classic and beloved “The Art of Baking” dies, the posh Eaden grocery chain is holding a bake-off. The prize? To become “The New Mrs. Eaden”. The winner will receive a 50,000 pound (roughly $75,000 US) contract to advise the chain on its line of baked goods and become the ‘face’ of Eaden’s baked goods. The path is then opened for the winner to have their own celebrity baker career.

The book focuses on the five competitors who are selected
Jan 31, 2016 Silke rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-reads
Even though all the ingredients were there, the story didn't fully rise (to my expectations).

I was kindly given a copy through Netgalley, with many thanks to the publisher.
I so wanted to like this book. A story about people who are baking and is filled with beautiful descriptions of baked goods, what's not to like?! But after my initial excitement it fell kind of flat.

The search for the new Mrs. (or Mr.) Eaden is on. Kathleen Eaden, baking guru, perfect role model, and author of 'The Art of Baki
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Sarah Vaughan read English at Oxford and went on to be a journalist. After training with the Press Association, she worked for The Guardian for 11 years as a news reporter, health correspondent and political correspondent. She started writing fiction after deciding to freelance. The Art of Baking Blind - published by Hodder (UK and Canada), St Martin's Press (US) and translated into eight ...more
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