The Baker's Daughter

The Baker's Daughter : Timeless recipes from four generations of bakers

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Louise Johncox comes from a long line of bakers and confectioners. As a child she would sit on a flour tin at her father's side and eat whatever was fresh from the oven - a hot bread roll or a fluffy piece of sponge - and when her father, a master baker, retired, Louise decided it was time to capture his wisdom and baking expertise, writing down his recipes for the first time and preserving his magical legacy for her children.

With a Foreword by Albert Roux, The Baker's Daughter weaves Louise's delightful childhood memories of life in her family tea shop with her father's recipes, honed by over forty years of instinct and experience. From classic cream cakes and traditional buns, to celebration cakes, handcrafted chocolates and her father's signature cream meringues, these recipes come laden with the sights, smells and warmth of the tea room and bakehouse.

Louise shares more stories about her family teashop in her ebook memoir A Life Shaped By Cakes: The Memoir of The Baker's Daughter.

'An affectionate memoir that will both entertain with stories from a bygone world of tea and cakes and inspire people to bake' Albert Roux, OBE, KFO
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 194 x 248 x 24mm | 839.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed.
  • 1447247051
  • 9781447247050
  • 367,118

Table of contents

Section - i: Foreword by Albert Roux
Introduction - ii: Introduction

Chapter - 1: The Baker's Little Helpers: Favourite Bakes for Children
Chapter - 2: When Peter Met Frankie: Love on a Plate
Chapter - 3: Customers as Cakes: Classic Tea Shop Cakes
Chapter - 4: Sweet Delights: Iconic Cakes and Tarts
Chapter - 5: Smashing the Oven: Sweet Satisfying Rewards
Chapter - 6: Little Pieces of Heaven: Edible Gifts
Chapter - 7: Baking With My Father: Bread, Pastry and Savoury Specials
Chapter - 8: The Baker's Hands: Comfort Cakes
Chapter - 9: Poschiavo and Pastry Chefs: European Pastries
Chapter - 10: My Baking Journey
Chapter - 11: Notes On Ingredients
Chapter - 12: General Baking Tips

Index - iii: Index
Acknowledgements - iv: Acknowledgements
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Review quote

This is that rare and precious thing - a cookbook from the heart, richly authentic and full of love and warmth. Buy one copy to keep, and another to cook from -- Orlando Murrin, journalist and author of A Table in the Tarn Louise has communicated that most important thing, the connection food has to family at the deepest level. She has made personal the stories that were a part of her childhood and made her who she is with simple detail and no sentimentality -- Tamasin Day-Lewis, food writer and author In this lovely story, we are given a glimpse through the still-frame of a lens, and handed a baker's lifetime of experience through his daughter -- Tessa Kiros, author of Falling Cloudberries Covers every favourite that has ever tempted in a bakery window - from treacle tart and tea cakes to rock cakes, Black Forest gateau and Viennese fingers. If making cakes to show off at the village fete, or simply to delight your children, this is the go-to book -- Rose Prince * Telegraph * Truly inspiring. A beautiful book which puts food at the heart of all that matters -- Tony Turnbull, Food and Drink Editor of The Times An enchanting story of Eccles cakes, doughnuts and how a grieving daughter kept her adored father's memory alive * Daily Mail * Louise's book is as beautiful as the story she tells. And it brings out the secret baker in all of us -- William Sitwell, Editor of Waitrose Kitchen
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About Louise Johncox

Louise Johncox was born in Weybridge, Surrey, where her father worked as a baker and chocolatier in the family tea shop from 1958 to 2000. She comes from a long line of pastry chefs originating from Poschiavo on the Swiss Italian border. Instead of following in the family tea shop tradition, Louise trained as a journalist, and writes for publications including The Times, Sunday Times, Telegraph and Guardian. Louise lives in Surrey and has two children, Lara and Joe.
Louise is the author of The Baker's Daughter cookbook and an ebook called A Life Shaped By Cakes: The Memoir of The Baker's Daughter.
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