“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.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
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 relationship that looks perfect from the outside, once the dynamic changes, changes can start to appear. The baking competition affects each contestant in different ways and makes them reassess their close relationships.