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How to Bake a Man

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  36 reviews
When Becca Muchmore drops out of grad school, all she has left to fall back on is her baking. Ignoring her mother's usual barrage of disapproval and disappointment, she decides to start a small business hand-delivering her wares. A friend introduces her to an office of hungry lawyers, who agree to give her a try. Her lizard-booted neighbor Sal is happy to help out when he ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Ghostwoods Books (first published October 20th 2014)
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Jul 26, 2014 marked it as to-read
I've found Jessica Barksdale Inclan a sensitive and charming writer with natural humor, perhaps best known for her novel "Her Daughter's Eyes." When I saw the title, "How to Bake a Man" and read the premise, I pictured a romantic comedy that Hollywood might grab. I look forward to it. ...more
Andrea Guy
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is chicklit, pure and simple. That's not a put down, that's a good thing. Becca's story could very well be described as Bridget Jones meets the Cupcake Cafe. Becca is more neurotic over things that Bridget Jones ever was, but she's lovable.

There are several reasons to read this book.

1. It is a super cute romance. It makes you feel good.

2. It's a foodie romance too, which is awesome.

3. One word, recipes! You can't go wrong with a cute story and good recipes.

4. The descriptions of the baked
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in an earlier draft and was immediately hooked by Becca's plight. In the various revisions, I have found it even more compelling. Becca is the perfect everywoman. She is searching, but also smart, adaptable, and ultimately triumphant (this is not a spoiler alert), and her journey will keep you turning the pages. I love Barksdale's work and have read everything she has published--novels, poetry, and short fiction alike. She never ceases to move me to a variety of powerful emotion ...more
If you're looking for a fun and sometimes surprising chick-lit romance full of food references (and recipes), you might want to pick up a copy of How to Bake a Man. While there are some more serious themes at play here - the young, working generation's struggle to find meaningful, satisfying work and a purpose in life; difficult people in the workplace; overcoming fear and taking risks - at its heart this story is a celebration of comfort food and love.

Becca Muchmore is twenty-seven, single, and
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-tour, to-review
Becca barely makes it through one class of her graduate school career for a business degree before deciding to call it quits. She doesn't feel like she belongs there with the young, straight-out-of-undergrad people or that she can really devote two years of her life to this degree right now. Her life has been rather stagnant as she's worked the books for several years in what she feels is a dead end job, and she quit that to go to business school. But she does have one bright spot in her life: b ...more
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Becca Munchmore is 27 years old and the oldest student in her graduate level marketing class. She's worried about fitting in, and wearing her mother's old discarded denim skirt that she found in the Goodwill bag doesn't help.

She comes to the realization that school is not the answer. Her boyfriend left her to work in Africa to help the poor, she quit the job she had, and now she has a idea. She loves to bake; why not sell her baked goods to offices? Though her mother hates the idea, she loans Be
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had never read a book by author Inclán before but liked the description of HOW TO BAKE A MAN. I don't especially like the title, though, and don't think it fits the book.

I did enjoy the story of Becca Muchmore and her small baking business. I liked the idea of her small baking goods delivery service (would have loved this when I worked in an office). I also liked her neighbor, Sal. Best of all were the different recipes included with the book, such as Honey Nuts cookies, Pumpkin Muffins, and
M.A. Guglielmo
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heavy on the sugar, and the relationships

I originally thought this might be more of a contemporary romance, but it reads more like 'women's fiction'. Not a genre I usually read or enjoy, but it's well done and upbeat. The protagonist spends time baking cookies, dealing with her mom, and being completely oblivious to the romantic relationships around her. The heroine is appealing, the writing is solid, and the trick of prefacing every chapter with a different baked good kept my attention. In the
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story is like the goodies in the story: sweet, sometimes a bit nutty, throw in a bit of spice and it's all delicious fun.

Becca is trying to figure out what she wants in life. She's had the break up, the dead end job and plenty of false starts. Slowly she puts something spectacular together one ingredient at a time, until she baked the perfect life.

Warning: you will crave all the delicious baked goods in the book, but never fear, the author has shared her recipes!
Karielle at Books à la Mode
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: blog
Coming-of-age stories are typical for YA audiences or teenage characters, but when they involve late-twenty-somethings in the backdrop of the bustling Bay Area, they unfold into an entirely different genre. Add a self-doubting underdog—our protagonist, Becca Muchmore—who has the power to cheer anyone up with her incredible baked goods, as well some ridiculously corny mishaps she encounters on her path to finding true love, and you've got How to Bake a Man, Jessica Barksdale Inclán's latest novel ...more
Carrie Ardoin
I first have to say that I really don't like the title of this me it makes me think of some Weird Science-esque things going on where a woman is trying to create the perfect man! It also makes you think that the main character's only goal is to find a boyfriend. Both of these suppositions are not the case.

Becca is in her late twenties and still hasn't really found her career, so she tries to go back to graduate school to see if that will help. It doesn't; she lasts less than one whole
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
A cute quasi coming of age story involving Becca Munchmore, a 27 year old finally finding her footing in life and love. She’s on the precipice of sheltered, controlled by critical mother and emotionally immature. Finally she takes a leap on her own and pursues her passion of baking. She’s a charming character, endearing narrative as the reader follows her on her path of self discovery and love. Bonus, the book contains delicious recipes.

Becca is a warm character and I like the whole baking conce
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Romance with recipes! What more could a person ask for? At 27 Rebecca "Becca" Muchmore quits a perfectly good job in order to go back to school, thing is once she gets there she feels realizes she isn't crazy about school, and is only really happy when she is baking so she decides she will drop out of school and start her own dessert business called Becca's Best Bakery. So with start up money from her mother, and help from her friend Sal, and more hope than she has felt in ages she begins a new ...more
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
A copy was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.

Do you ever feel like you have no direction in life and should have done something, anything more with your life?

Have you ever met a person you could not stop thinking about to the point of it taking over your day? I don’t mean being attracted to someone, I mean some random person you have no attraction to. Maybe someone you really don’t like.

Have you ever really wanted to be with someone so much you could not think about being with anyone e
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
This was rather horrible. An entitled, privileged woman named Rebecca goes into a downward spiral after a breakup. She proceeds to drop out of grad school, quit her job and open up a bakery. Within the course of a week, she unknowingly starts selling her baked goods at a law office where her thinner, prettier and more successful doppelgänger works. This more perfect doppelgänger has the boyfriend that delusional Rebecca thinks that she deserves. She convinces herself that this man would be bette ...more
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Becca's whole world is about to change. That is where the book starts off. Becca like most of us in our adults is struggling to find her happiness in life. That is what had me hooked from the first few sentences. Jessica Barksdale Inclan creates a world of relatable characters, she is a wonderfully descriptive author who creates intriguing characters. Definitely a worthy read for your bookshelf. ...more
Alicia Hoffman
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Is it too much to say it is still making me hungry? Not only for cookies, muffins, and cakes, but for romantic love and its infinite possibilities. Jessica Barksdale Inclan is a writer that goes beyond the tropes to gather all the strings - not only those of the heart, but of the mind and body, as well. Plus (and this is not a spoiler alert!), there are recipes attached! Yummy reading, for sure.
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I really enjoyed How to Bake a Man. Becca is adrift in her life, but she slowly figures out what she wants out of life. I admit that the situation between Becca, Jennifer, and Jeff was odd. They were all stuck in similar situations and Becca was the catalyst on helping them all get out of their ruts. Sal gets a star all to himself because I really loved him; he was fantastic. I also enjoyed the description of all the baked goods.
Warren Read
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be a great read--perfect for an autumn weekend. A clever mash-up a novel and a recipe resource, it's written with humor and wit, led by a lovable character in Becca that I could see being played by Amy Adams or Anne Hathaway in a film version. Inclan has skill with catchy dialog, and a plot that moves along nicely. Highly recommended to lift the spirits! ...more
Darth J
Jul 23, 2014 marked it as not-my-cup-of-tea
No, I will not read this book. No, I will not pre-order it either.

Candace Catskin
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait 'til this becomes a popular rom-com! ...more
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Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by the author

How to Bake a Man was very repetitive on an almost daily basis.  Each chapter started with Recipe: and the name of a baked good and then a reference to it.  The story only covered a short span since it began in early September and continued on until September 21 when it jumped to January of the next year.  September had a lot going on with Becca opening a business making and selling desserts and breakfast sandwiches to lawyers and other office wor
Jeannie Zelos
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was ok

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Genre: Romance, Humour

Well, sometimes I want a light, fluffy humorous book – all that angst and emotion I love to read needs some contrast, and I’d gone through several dramatic books so this sounded just perfect. Sadly though I didn’t like this one.

My biggest problem was Becca. Whiny, flighty, seeming to think everything and everyone should do as she wants, I just couldn't take to her. Her baking business was te
Leigh Kramer
Oct 12, 2014 rated it liked it
How to Bake a Man is an enjoyable chick lit read.We follow Becca through a mid-20s crisis, which results in her throwing off others' expectations and starting her dream job. Becca figures out her small business as she goes with the help of her mother and quirky neighbor Sal. This alone was a promising premise but then things became complicated as we meet the law firm employees where Becca sells her baked goods. Yes, there's a love interest. Yes, that love interest is dating the woman from hell. ...more
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
How to Bake a Man by Jessica Barksdale Inclan is a deliciously fun read with great characters and yummy recipes!

Becca is in one of the oldest students in her grad school class and very uncomfortable with it when she realizes that going back to school really isn’t what she wants. She wants to bake. She’s loved to bake since she was a young girl learning from her mother. So she makes a life changing decision to drop out of school and follow her dream of eventually owning her own bakery.

Becca gets
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This is definitely a chick lit book for food lovers with a sweet tooth--it is fun and as light and fluffy as an angel food cake. It will also make you crave a chocolate chip cookie, blueberry muffin, cinnamon roll or a slice of rum cake--maybe even all of them at once. I had not read anything by Jessica Barkdale Inclán before, but it is clear she writes food really well--each chapter starts with a recipe description that made me hungry, even for baked goods that aren't particular
Oct 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, kindle
How to Bake a Man is another book that I have read lately that while I liked the overall story, I didn't love it. It was overall a cute story about a woman who starts a baking business and finds love in the one place she didn't suspect. The story has the feel of a rom-com movie.

It also has some fun characters.I loved Sal and his "takes" on life. They were clever and amusing. They were also a way to subtly convey messages to those he told them to. I also enjoyed the little bits of baking wisdom
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
If Becca Muchmore pushed her cart around my workplace, I'd be gaining some serious poundage. I'm glad I got to indulge my love of baked goods vicariously through this sweet novel. While there have been other novels that incorporated real recipes and sometimes it can feel gimmicky, that wasn't the case here. I think that the use of the recipes added another dimension to bringing Becca and her treats to life. The characters in this book felt very real to me. Through the author's description of the ...more
Sep 24, 2014 added it
Becca Muchmore walked away from her job and decided to go back to grad school. However, she’s uncomfortable in school and leaves when she decides to open her own business. No one seems to believe in her besides her neighbor Sal who helps her with baking and delivery. Becca is delivering her baked delights to a bunch of hungry lawyers, but quickly gets caught up in the law office’s politics. The office mean girl looks just like Becca, but more put-together with a perfect boyfriend and the life Be ...more
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Becca Muchmore has dropped out of grad school and wants to follow her true passion of baking and falls into a great job baking for a law firm. Although not an employee of the law firm she becomes embroiled in the office drama and politics and maybe even into the personal lives of some of the employees.

Becca Muchmore was an interesting character, but the lack of flow in this book kept me from completely falling in love with the character and the boo
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Jessica Barksdale’s fifteenth novel, The Play’s the Thing, and second poetry collection, Grim Honey, are both forthcoming in spring 2021.

Recently retired, she taught at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California for thirty-two years and continues to teach novel writing online for UCLA Extension and in the online MFA program for Southern New Hampshire University.

Born and raised in the San F

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