Pastries: A Novel of Desserts and Discoveries

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Pastries: A Novel of Desserts and Discoveries

Pastries A Novel of Desserts and Discoveries Sunya Malhotra a young American woman whose parents had migrated from India is the head baker and owner of Pastries a warm and cozy bakery in Seattle Sunya loves baking and has transformed her fabu

  • Title: Pastries: A Novel of Desserts and Discoveries
  • Author: Bharti Kirchner
  • ISBN: 9780312289881
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sunya Malhotra, a young American woman whose parents had migrated from India, is the head baker and owner of Pastries, a warm and cozy bakery in Seattle Sunya loves baking and has transformed her fabulous cakes and tarts into delicious works of art The success of her beloved bakery is put in jeopardy, however, when a chain bakery threatens to open up down the street fromSunya Malhotra, a young American woman whose parents had migrated from India, is the head baker and owner of Pastries, a warm and cozy bakery in Seattle Sunya loves baking and has transformed her fabulous cakes and tarts into delicious works of art The success of her beloved bakery is put in jeopardy, however, when a chain bakery threatens to open up down the street from her To add to her misery, Roger, her hip, Japanese boyfriend has left her for a perfect Japanese girlfriend and her mother has just become engaged to a man Sunya detests Sunya hasn t yet reconciled to the mystery of a father missing since her birth Even a new relationship with a hot, young film director who is in town to cover the 1999 World Trade Conference, can t help Sunya with her biggest worry she has lost her touch for baking Overwhelmed, Sunya is surprised to find herself listening when her new Japanese baker offers her a solution to her problems enroll in a baking school in Japan Of course, this isn t just any baking school It is run by a famous Japanese baker, Mori Matsumoto, and is based on the principle of mindfulness Soon Sunya finds herself learning the basic skills of baking all over again Is this what she needs to rediscover herself Will she recapture her zest for work and life

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    1. Laura on said:

      I loved this book. Surprising plot twists abound, but not everything turns out happy and the way you want it to. I have always loved the bakery setting in a book, as the authors often describe how it feels to them to bake something, sink their fingers in, describe how something turns out that they themselves have created. This baker’s life is baking, and when she begins having trouble with creating, it makes her entire life tumble. This book is very much about life, love and family, and how to [...]

    2. Nicole-Anne Keyton on said:

      Not what I originally anticipated, but that's what I love about reading books for the first time. It's refreshing for me to finally pick up a book I haven't read for the zillionth time.I picked up three things from this book. The first was my appreciation for local business. Having lived in a city for about a year now, I feel at ease resorting to local cafes for morning coffee and light lunches, thrift stores for my clothes shopping, and local markets for groceries. I don't depend as much on cor [...]

    3. Salli Bauer on said:

      This book was pretty formulaic, but I enjoyed that it took place in Seattle in the Wallingford district.

    4. Jennie on said:

      I wanted to like this book, but I detested the ending - the justification her father gives her after abandoning his wife and newborn daughter "for the greater good" - rubbish I say.

    5. Mathis Bailey on said:

      A charming read. I read this 350 page novel in two days. The writing was smooth, suspenseful and whimsical that dazzles the senses. The food descriptions and traveling experiences were engrossing and spot on . It definitely took me on a culinary adventure to Japan, India, and Paris. The ending could've been better but it was tied up nicely. The story is set in Seattle and centred around a 30 year old woman, Sunya, who's getting over a broken marriage and the abandonment of her Buddhist father. T [...]

    6. Oriyah Nitkin on said:

      A quick and delicious novel. Descriptions so rich you can feel and taste them. Is the ending predictable? I was torn.

    7. Lindi on said:

      I enjoyed the main character’s journey of discovery. Very descriptive (maybe too much?) writing and some unexpected turns.

    8. Katie on said:

      With Pastries: A Novel of Desserts and Discoveries, Bharti Kirchner delivers a story that breaks the mold of both recipe-based novels and East-Asian Indian heritage narratives. Sunya Mulhotra, proprietor of the Pastries Café, panics when a corporation bakery announces its opening just a few blocks from her store. She is already recovering from the betrayal of her live-in partner, and with this added stress, Sunya discovers she can no longer bake—not even her famous eponymous chocolate cake.As [...]

    9. L.m. on said:

      It might be unfair of me to rate this book as I somewhat skimmed the last third or so. As such I'm giving it three stars and the benefit of the doubt. The book has it's charms, descriptions of food and some scenes stand out in memory such as Sunya's mother's first meeting with her father. But the book has a sort of formal, a bit awkward tone despite being in first person where one gets the impression that the author is very much the main character, and there's this almost self-revolving, delusio [...]

    10. VeganMedusa on said:

      The food was the best thing about this book. Otherwise it was a bit light and frothy for me, had some strange sentence structure, and some contradictions. Like at one point Sunya claims she rarely eats her baking (for fear of weight gain) but it seemed like she was eating it every few pages. And the first time we meet her ex, he's bringing round a box of her things. But it was her place, it was him that moved out, so why would he have any of her stuff? And when a guy is loitering for months on e [...]

    11. Hazel on said:

      This was a surprisingly entertaining book, about a bakery owner who struggles with losing her baking mojo. Set in Seattle, the author does a good job of capturing the ambience of our fair city during the fall and winter, with detailed descriptions of Wallingford and other local haunts, which is fun. For a book that would be considered "chick lit," this book has a little more depth and avoids many of the cliches we find in chick lit: a job working for the wealthy who live a lifestyle the protagon [...]

    12. marissa on said:

      I was in the mood for froth, and that's what this book delivered. Although I could tell that Kirchner had some native talent for inventive, concise description, her often overly-formal phrasing sometimes made things as awkward as her heroine, Sunya. And while the story-within-the-story format worked well for certain flashbacks, the added narration of the movie that Sunya's would-be beau is working on was just too clunky to believe. I skipped all of it.Still, it was a pleasant sunny-afternoon rea [...]

    13. Margaret on said:

      I finished this about a week ago and forgot to journal it. I really loved this book right up until page 314 (yes, for some reason the page number stands out in my mind), which is at least 90% through the book, when an aspect of Sunya's trip (won't say more or I may spoil it) just was not plausible or credible to me at all. * Sigh* it was so good until then - I'm sure endings are the hardest part of a book to write. I did love all the bakery atmosphere and reading about how and what they baked re [...]

    14. Maria on said:

      I thought this was book was 'okay' however, it wasn't a book that kept me on my toes. The relationship between Sunya and Andrew was quite odd, and wasn't fully explained in the book, with a lot of missing pieces regarding how they truly felt about each other. Also, Sunya's father was hardly discussed in the book, which made it difficult to really emphasize with Sunya and Dee when they discussed their feelings towards him. I wish that Sunya's bakery was discussed in more detail, as it seemed to l [...]

    15. Jennifer Reid on said:

      This week I finished a book called Pastries: A Novel of Desserts and Discoveries by Bharti Kirchner in one day. (I couldn’t put it down.) I have this weird fascination with Indian culture, but then mix it in with the art of pastry baking, Japanese culture, finding yourself, etc it becomes one of those times that you can’t put the book down until it’s 1’30 in the morning, and you’ve finally finished the story. Loved it, loved it. Loved the movie in my head as I read it. There were a few [...]

    16. Burton on said:

      I had hoped for better. I was on a restaurant/food reading binge at the time and this was the final of three books. The subplot of the central character’s mother was more interesting than the primary storyline. It was, at times, entirely too predictable. It was apparent what she was striving for but could not grasp either in language or plot. In the end, I had not built a bond with the central character and the ending left me unfulfilled. I was more disappointed than anything else.

    17. Bethany on said:

      i really liked this book! it made me hungry but i enjoyed hearing all about the process of making the delicious baked goods. you can definitely tell that the author wrote cookbooks and enjoys food as well!enjoying this book/author led me to search out other things by he and i am now reading darjeeling. it was a bit slower to start but i'm getting into it!

    18. Karen Hood on said:

      I love this author's writing! Enjoy the vivis images,Pastries: A Novel of Desserts and Discoveries

    19. Ingrid on said:

      Not the best writing in the world, but this book indulged my (not so) secret desire to work in and possibly own a coffee shop/bakery. I could relate to the emotional upheaval of the main character, too. And reading this book was way easier on the waistline than going to an actual bakery. :)

    20. Heather on said:

      A little bit tritewhat works are the life wisdoms shared throughout the book. Would like to have more of the book set at the Asanti Bakery where Sunya really does the growth. The love story was annoying rather than believable.

    21. Cindi (cheesygiraffe) on said:

      Very beautiful book. Sunya means emptiness and having been depressed before, more than once, I can see how Sunya herself arrived there. But going to Japan she founds out how to let go and also mets a person she has needed to all her life.

    22. Joy on said:

      Easy feel good story of how a woman overcomes her struggles, and finds the peace & clarity she needs.

    23. Jane on said:

      About an Indian baker in Seattle who starts her own pastry shop could I NOT like it?!

    24. Diane on said:

      Very fun read - love and pastries and travel - what's not to like?

    25. Karl on said:

      I like reading about desserts more than tea, I guess. Also appreciated the spiritual side of the book.

    26. wooyabee on said:

      Not a very realistic kitchen.A bit predictable.But there is a good message.

    27. Jane on said:

      The author adds an interesting ingredient to baking skills in the story-that of mindfulness

    28. Ekoozmin on said:

      I love stories that use food as a backdrop to a romance or a family predicament. This one satisfied my appetite. Light reading.

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