My first book which started the book writing bug with myself was an idea by my husband who suggested I write down all my thoughts, ideas and plans which I had when I started up my own home baking business. This resulted in my first book “Baking at its Best: Advice for home bakers and would be entrepreneurs” . I loved writing this book and it inspired me to write more .
I had a brilliant review for this book which I have to share :-
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for “Readers’ Favorite”
“Do you enjoy cooking? Baking? Does everyone enjoy eating your creations? Perhaps some have even suggested that you could start up a business with your food delights. Well, why not! Others have done it, and quite successfully, too. Why not you? V. Dale has degrees in food science as well as brewing and distilling. But her true love of working in the kitchen began as a child, when she helped her mother and her grandmother with the cooking and baking. She enjoyed the task, but also the positive comments from friends and family alike. It was rewarding to know that people really did enjoy her efforts in the kitchen. After working in the brewing industry for many years, this multi-talented author started her own bakery, so to speak, in her own kitchen. She reached out to the public, setting up a stall to sell her food delights. From savoury dishes like Corned Beef Slice, to the more sweet treats like Chocolate Banana Cake, V. Dale quickly established herself as a much sought after cook and baker.
However, it takes more than a good cook and baker to ensure a successful business. There are regulations to be followed to ensure that the product created is safe to eat as well as delicious. There is also the little matter of insurance and many more practical things to consider. V. Dale, cook/baker turned author, has outlined everything in her book, Baking at its Best: A guide for home bakers and wouldbe entrepreneurs. And once you’ve thoroughly studied the very organised step-by-step guide to creating a successful (and safe) business in the cooking/baking industry, the author shares some of the more popular recipes that quickly sell out when she sets up her Sunday stall at the local market”.
My second recipe book coincided with the most chocolatey time of the year, Easter, so it made sense that it should be Easter Recipes with lots of my favourite recipes which I had used at the market and at home over the years. “Baking at its Best: Easter Treats” was born and set me on the way to writing another book because no sooner had I published my second book but my husband spurred me on to write another.
My second book has had a great review too:-
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite
“Chocolate. Aw, we all love it. Or, at least, most of us do. And what better season for chocolate than Easter? Well, perhaps any season is perfect for chocolate. But, you have to admit, the idea of chocolate seems to be attracted to the season of chocolate eggs and all kinds of other chocolate treats. So, why not make some? Like, Cookie Dough Brownies or Scotch Crème Egg Brownies or No Bake Fudge or Crème Egg Gateau. Of course, you don’t have to just make chocolate treats for Easter. There’s always the fruity Simnel Cake, an English fruitcake tradition that is catching the attention of fruitcake lovers around the world. And there’s the Lemon Bakewell Slice. But you would have to appreciate the history and tradition of the Bakewell treats, as, in the United Kingdom, the real Bakewell is second to none. And, of course, Easter isn’t Easter without Hot Cross Buns, though this delectable treat is now available just about any time of the year in some countries.
V. Dale’s delightful little book, Baking At Its Best: Easter Treats, is an interesting collection of recipes, complete with some background detail as well as some anecdotes about each recipe in the collection. The recipes are clearly presented, with clear instructions on how to prepare and serve the food creation. And, believe it or not, for a book of sweet treat recipes, the author also provides a nutritional guide for each recipe. Note: The measurements are in the United Kingdom’s system of grams instead of the North American system of cups and fluid ounces. So, depending on where you live, you may have to do some conversions.
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