The Cake Therapist

The Cake Therapist

3.25 (2,457 ratings by Goodreads)
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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 143 x 216 x 19mm | 295g
  • Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0425277321
  • 9780425277324
  • 894,203

Review quote

"A delicious treat for readers... Like a master chef, Judith Fertig takes the tale of a gifted baker starting all over in her old Midwestern hometown and layers it together with an intriguing mystery buried deep in the community's Depression-era past."--New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams

"In a small town where secrets run deep and over generations, Fertig shows friendship, family, and food can bring people together and heal old wounds. A novel that is a true treat for the senses."--New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis

"In this gem of a book, Fertig serves up a multi-layered story of family and love, lost and found...A touch of magical realism gives the book an additional intriguing facet."--RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
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About Judith Fertig

Judith Fertig is an award-winning cookbook author whose food and lifestyle writing has appeared in more than a dozen publications, including Bon Appétit, Saveur, and the New York Times. Judith attended Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris and the Graduate Summer Workshop at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She teaches cooking classes across the country and lives in Kansas City. The Cake Therapist is her first novel.
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Rating details

2,457 ratings
3.25 out of 5 stars
5 12% (303)
4 26% (648)
3 40% (979)
2 17% (416)
1 5% (111)
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