Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoy {Intro + Judge}

Our selection for this round is The Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoy.  I chose The Baker's Daughter because after reading it last year as part of a book tour, I fell hard.  It's one of those books that I want close by...on my living room bookshelf so that it is easily accessible on a rainy day or a sleepless night.

This is the tale of family, love, loss, and life lessons.  Be it the tale of Elsie Schmidt risking the life of her and her family upon discovering a Jewish child on the doorstep of her family's home and bakery in 1945's Germany, or the story of Reba outrunning a turbulent childhood 60 years later, I stayed up 'til all hours wielding my flashlight to read "just one more chapter".

Everything all sort of comes together in one of those "it's a small world" scenarios at some point in the book.  I found McCoy's writing both enthralling and comfortable, and this book is like an old friend now.

I know that's pretty vague, but I don't want to give anything away.  Immerse yourself in the world's of both Elsie and Reba, their friends and family, and the warmth of a good bakery emanating from beyond the pages!

I am also excited to announce that...

Our judge for this round will be none other than the author of The Baker's Daughter, Sarah McCoy!  Since reading The Baker's Daughter for the first time, and writing a post, I've found that Sarah is incredibly kind and generous...and just a regular, old girl (you know, aside from the talented author bit).

We both watch Downton Abbey (okay, who doesn't), and enjoy drooling over some good food.  She's also been busy working on her third novel, which I can't wait to get my hands on.  So, when I decided that I really wanted to feature this book for a round of CTB, I knew I wanted to ask her if she would have the time to judge our submissions.

And as you can probably guess: she said yes!  Let's make her proud.  Thank you, Sarah ☺.
Submissions for this round of Cook the Books will be due by Monday, September 30th.  Please enter your submission in the linky tool below (if you have problems, feel free to leave a link in the comment section of this post).  I look forward to seeing what The Baker's Daughter inspires you to make!





This linky list is now closed.
I'll be gathering all of these links in anticipation of a big roundup after the submissions close (check back after 9/30 for that roundup, and then the judging)!

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16 comments:

Deb in Hawaii said...

I am really looking forward to this one Heather and it is always fun and exciting to be able to have the author judging the entries! ;-)

Debra Eliotseats said...

It is exciting (and a bit nerve-racking) when the author judges. I am excited to see what everyone was inspired to make. Loved this selection.

Rachel said...

Just started reading my copy. I'm fascinated and horrified about the Lebensborn Program, which I had never heard about. So far, the book is great. I love how the author gets inside the heads of so many different people from different backgrounds. Great pick, Heather.

Simona said...

Thank you Heather and Sarah!

Camilla Mann said...

Jut ordered my copy...and the other upcoming ones that I don't already have. Can't wait to get reading and cooking!

Our Lives Intertwined said...

I'm a new person to this.....just found this site, and already have the book requested from my local library. They have it on the shelf so I should be reading it by mid-week! How do I sign up to be part of this group?

PJ

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

Hi PJ!

No sign up process...join us at any time! Simply read the current selection, then head into the kitchen. Blog about it and come back to link ip your post by the due date. You will be included with everybody in the roundup...and officially be "in"!

Welcome! =)

lawstudentscookbook said...

I just finished the book and ended it through my tears. I know what I'm cooking :)

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

I've added your event to The Food Blog Diary. Do remind me again next month :)

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

Thanks Jac! We'll definitely try to remember ;)

Claudia said...

I certainly hope I'll be able to join. My copy has been "coming" on an Amazon order for about a month now - past their scheduled arrival date. Sigh. And the library here doesn't carry it.

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

Oh no, Claudia...I hope you get it with enough time left!

Debra Eliotseats said...

Trying to link up now. Having some difficulties. Here's my link but I will keep trying.
http://eliotseats.com/?p=15326

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

Looks like you're linked, Debra! :)

Claudia said...

Heather, I was not able to comment on your blog. Something about Disqus, though I am with Google, so don't know what the problem is.

Anyway, your sunflower rolls look great, I want to make those this winter, when baking is again not too off-putting in the heat.

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

@Claudia ...so sorry it was giving you trouble. Thanks so much! :)