Monday, February 15, 2010

Free Book: Confections of a Closet Master Baker by Gesine Bullock-Prado

When I read about Confections of a Closet Master Baker on Lesa's Book Critiques, it had all the buzz words to peak my interest: "German baked goods," "Pastries," "Vermont." I knew I needed this book even though I told myself I had too many already.

The luscious cover with its light dusting of sugar made me want to bake. I skimmed the book several times at my local Borders and each time felt proud to walk away. Unfortunately, Barnes and Noble sent me a discount coupon knowing my weakness. I melted like chocolate and purchased.

Soon I'll be reviewing the book and Gesine's recipe for Espresso Cheesecake. Here's a wild idea. I could blog about each recipe in the book and sell my story to Hollywood. The author's sister, Sandra Bullock, can play her in the movie. I think my celeb look-alike, Hugh Jackman, is perfect for my role. He can come over to my kitchen and bake to get into character. If there's no Hugh then there's no deal. Sorry.

While I'm waiting to hear back (it could take awhile) I've decided to giveaway a free copy of Confections of a Closet Master Baker. This is a new hardcover and my contest is open to readers internationally.

Just leave a comment on this post no later than 9:00pm, Hawaiian Standard Time, February 28. Be sure to include an email address unless you have one I can see on your profile.

Aloha from Kauai and Happy Valentine's Day.


  1. I love your movie plan! Very clever.

    And espresso cheescake - thats just cruel, now I really feel like some cheesecake, yum!

    Is the competition open to international people or just american? I know how expensive overseas postage is!

  2. Espresso cheesecake sounds sinfully delicious! This book has been on my wishlist for a few months now. I think B&N has a great marketing strategy with the coupons... I can never let one expire unused!

  3. Hi Becky: I'm opening this contest to readers of the world so consider yourself entered.

    Hi JoAnn: I'm the same way, a book coupon is hard to resist.

    I'll let you both know how the espresso cheesecake turns out.

    Take care and Aloha from Rob
    Books Are Like Candy Corn

  4. I'd love the chance to win...please thrown my name in. Thanks so much for the giveaway.


  5. Oh you very lucky Kauai dweller! I'm looking out the window at lots of snow and I know its brutal cold out :( Ahhh...your beach photo is making me wish for warmer places.

    Please enter me in your book giveaway...would love to read it. I'll watch for an update about the movie ;)

    deborah150 at hotmail dot com

  6. I would love to read this book.


  7. I just won your previous contest so I dont know whether I can enter this one.

    The book sounds gorgeous. If I am eligible, please count me in.


  8. Hi Mystica, It's fine to enter again.

    Thanks "Tea," Deb and Neas for joining.

    Deb: I'm still waiting to hear from Hugh. :-) How much snow do you have? I feel lucky to swim in the ocean on a winter day.

    Good luck everyone and thanks for stopping by today.

    Aloha from Rob

  9. This book would be wonderful to
    win, please enter me.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  10. I love your brilliant plan. I can't wait to see it in action! Thanks for the giveaway.

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

  11. I love the title of this book, because even though I cook more than I bake (the result of living with three hungry large and small men) I get so much more satisfaction from the baking.

    Your blog idea is brilliant - you can be the next Julie Powell. Just not female, French recipes, or in New York.

    mayamissani AT yahoo DOT ca

  12. I want the copy that has splatters of batter and flour on it! Those make the best recipe books and you can always tell the best recipes...the ones with the messiest pages :)


  13. That cover just makes me want to eat (thankfully I have leftover Valentine candy). Cute pun, too. Please enter me into the giveaway as well. :)


    mdperera at hotmail dot com

  14. This looks like a fabulous read...definitely enter me. :)

  15. OOOO-- what a great book giveaway! Can't wait for your movie--Hugh Jackman, good choice!


  16. The cover is so pretty! I cannot wait to read it.

    Please count me in.

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

  17. Eeeek! I would LOVE to win this book. It's on my ebook wishlist right now, but it's such a beautiful cover that I hate not to jump into the fray for a freebie.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  18. Nummy Yummy! "German baked goods" -- delish.

    gdumas (at) q (dot) com

  19. Thank you for the chance!

  20. I would love to win this! And I love your blog! bibliophile at bostonbibliophile dot com. Mahalo nui loa! :-)

  21. :O This... is perfect. (aspiring pastry chef here!) Please enter me in!

    lilybells (at)

  22. I love your brilliant plan. I can't wait to see it in action!

    Work from home India

  23. Hi Rob,

    Less snow this year than last year of 225"...i think we currently have only a foot or two of snow--it's been pretty mild for us this year.

    Please think of us freezing northern peeps when you go for your ocean swims.


  24. This is too funny, Deb. I'll let everyone else in on this too.

    Last month I had a request on Paperback Swap for one of my cookbooks. It reached its destination yesterday and the recipient asked me about Kauai weather. I posted my reply to her on Paperback Swap.

    It turns out the person receiving the book is Deb!!

    The message she posted here is in reply to what I wrote on PBS.

    Small world. I'm also "outed" as a book blogger. I've been keeping it a secret for the time being. You just can't hide. :-)

    Aloha from Rob

  25. I found your link over at Beth Fish reads, about the grapefruit sorbet and came to visit. I liked your post and decided to check further pages. Glad I did. Please enter me in your contest, and I have added myself as a follower.

  26. ***Contest is Closed***

    Thanks for all the nice comments and joining my giveaway for a new copy of Confections of a Closet Master Baker.

    The winner will be posted soon!

    I hope you'll enter my March giveaways which start later this week.

    Aloha from Rob


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