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Starred review from Library Journal

This made me very happy indeed! Library Journal (Starred review) O’Neal, Barbara. How To Bake a Perfect Life. Bantam. Dec. 2010. 398p. ISBN 9780553386776. pap. $15. “Forty-year-old bread maker Ramona Gallagher owns a boulangerie in Colorado Springs, though independence from her restaurateur family members has put a crimp in her financial well-being and in their […]

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December 10, 2010

Book club picture

Almost finished with the new book.  In the meantime, I thought you might like this picture.  The Book Babes book club read The Lost Recipe for Happiness and sent me some pictures of their feast.  Thanks, Diane!   (I love the attention to detail, don’t you?) I’d love to post more.  Send me yours!

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April 27, 2010

Pancake kisses, bacon hugs

THE SECRET OF EVERYTHING is out today! To celebrate, a love song to breakfast. PANCAKE KISSES, BACON HUGS Why breakfast is the secret of everything I suppose I should confess upfront that I am a morning person. I wake up cheery, chatty and at the very first fingers of sunlight creeping over the horizon. I […]

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December 29, 2009

Win a free ARC of THE SECRET OF EVERYTHING

THE SECRET OF EVERYTHING will be out in 27 26 days! Reader feedback so far has been extraordinary (check out the comments at GoodReads.com), and I’m very excited for everyone to read Tessa’s story.

To celebrate, I’ll offering a some little contests and giveaways over the next few weeks. This is the first one. I am giving away FOUR free ARCs of THE SECRET OF EVERYTHING. As soon as I draw names, I’ll run to the post office and mail them out, so you will have it by next Friday.

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December 3, 2009

The heady alchemy of baking bread

It’s a cold winter afternoon, the kind when winter blisters past the windows, turning everything blue. Inside, I am kneading bread. Not in a bread machine but with my own palms and wrists. The dough is whole wheat, heavy and thick, and it takes muscle to punch it down, to knead and fold and press, then turn it, fold it, press it again. Over and over. For such a glutinous dough, it will take ten minutes to break it down, then a couple of hours to rise and lighten, another round of kneading before I nestle it into glass bread pans to rise one more time.

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May 21, 2009

Guest blogging at Writer Unboxed

Two news tidbits this morning: Monthly blog post up at Writer Unboxed: The Last Month of a Book (or “I am pregnant beyond all ability to describe it” ). Which I wrote Monday. Tuesday morning, the Pikes Peak Writers Conference called with an emergency. One of their keynote speakers is unable to fly and they […]

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April 22, 2009