A full-hearted novel about a big-city baker who discovers the true meaning of home-and that sometimes the best things are found when you didn't even know you were looking
Louise Millerais a pastry chef who lives and works in Boston, MA. She received a scholarship to attend GrubStreet's Novel Incubator program, a yearlong workshop for novelists. She is an art school dropout, an amateur flower gardener, an old-time banjo player, an obsessive moviegoer, and a champion of old dogs.aThe City Baker's Guide to Country Livingais her debut novel. From the Hardcover edition.
Miller elevates the story by turning it into a Pinterest fantasy of rural America. . . [Her] visions of bucolic Vermont landscapes, cinnamon-scented kitchens and small-town friendliness make this reverie of country life an appealing one. --The New York Times Book Review
"This book is super cozy--probably because it takes place in a
small town in Vermont, and because the protagonist has a dog named
Salty, and because she's a baker who spends her days working at an
inn. Okay, it's Gilmore Girls."--Bon Appetit, "8 Food Novels
You Need to Read this Summer" Add in some romance and
mouth-watering food descriptions, and Louise Miller's debut novel
is a giant serving of comfort food. Treat yourself.
"[An] endearing debut. . . Miller, a pastry chef herself, writes about food with vivid detail, but her rhythmic prose is even crisper when her interests converge [and she] also excels at characterization, revealing her protagonist's complex pasts in subtle ways." -Publishers Weekly Beautifully light and rich. . . . Comforting without being cozy, this is escapist fiction for those who want a quieter--and tastier--life. --Elle.com Pies aren't simple. Neither is Livvy or The City Baker's Guide to Country Living. All three, however, are capable of warming the heart. --PopMatters "With insight, warmth, and humor, Louise Miller describes life in a kitchen as only an experienced baker can. A magnificent debut."--J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest "This book comes with a warning: do not read while hungry. Absolutely charming and perfectly delicious. Bliss."--Natasha Solomons, author of The Song of Hartgrove Hall "A soup-to-nuts treat. If only Livvy Rawlings could move her whisks and mixing bowls into your own kitchen to work the magic Louise Miller spins throughout these scrumptious pages."--Mameve Medwed, author of How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved my Life "Genuine and sweet (with a pinch of salt), THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING is a feast for the senses, for the head and the heart. With great warmth and generosity, Louise Miller brings a place and its lovable inhabitants to life. I adored this book; it made me want to dance. And eat."--Kate Racculia, author of Bellweather Rhapsody "Louise Miller knows that a great story is like a prize-winning apple pie--warm, full to the brim with character, and not too sweet. Her descriptions of the Vermont countryside, the Sugar Maple Inn, and baker Livvy Rawling's desserts make you want to pack a bag and head out for a long weekend in New England."--Erica Bauermeister, author of The Lost Art of Mixing
"A warm, fresh look at finding one's way and making new choices in life. It was studded with satisfying nuggets of wisdom throughout, like dabs of butter in a homemade pie, every baker's--and writer's--secret ingredient of choice."--Ellen Airgood, author of South of Superior Louise Miller's debut is like a walk in the Vermont woods on a sunny day: crisp, bright, colorful, soul-reviving....Delicious." --Brenda Bowen, author of Enchanted August
"I fell in love with the community of Guthrie, VT, the soul-healing landscape, the quirky characters, and the sumptuous desserts Olivia Rawlings creates for them." --Juliette Fay, author of The Shortest Way Home "Compulsively readable and written with deep tenderness. . . in a rare book that not only whets the appetite, but makes the heart a little more whole." --Erika Swyler, author of The Book of Speculation