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Review: How To Bake A Chocolate Soufflé

how-to-bake-a-chocolate-souffle-blue-coverTitle:  How To Bake A Chocolate Soufflé

Author: Carly Ellen Kramer

Publisher:  CEK, 2014

I like to think of myself as something of foodie and a home chef. I have interests in food history, learning about the art of cooking, and advocating for fair distribution of food throughout the world and healthy food choices. I enjoy reading various food blogs and I especially enjoy the blog Crowded Earth Kitchen, as the author’s viewpoints closely mirror my own. I was pleased to hear that the author of CEK was to release her own novel, How To Bake A Chocolate Soufflé. Food and books, my two favorite things – what could be better than a food novel? I posted about my excitement here on Cross Country Reading, and I was thrilled to receive a copy of the book in return.

I will be honest, though. As much as I love food, foodie fiction is a new genre to me.  Usually I stick to cookbooks and chef biographies. The one I read, by author Dana Bate was good, but perhaps a bit too reminiscent of a rom-com for my taste. How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé, however, takes on a much more sophisticated tone. It is really hard not to love. The plot is told through the view of three women, all very different, but who share a past with one another. Between the scenes of love, heartbreak, howling laughter, and lust, Kramer intersperses various recipes — all connected to the book’s plot They appear after the end of a chapter, and do not at all distract from the story or the well rounded characters. The characters are relatable in every way, even the secondary characters are full and written fantastically. I spent most of my time reading How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé next to the fire with a glass of wine; it is a feel-good-page-turner full of fun characters, flirty interactions, and heartwarming moments. I would recommend this book for the laughs and warm tones alone.

Striving to be more than just another feel-good book, Kramer intricately weaves the storyline with relevant commentary on womanhood, the struggle for equality, and the balance between  one’s life and one’s lifework. I find it to be an enjoyable read, and also a poignant look at various challenges what women face in the 21st century. I recommend How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé to fiction lovers aged 16 and up.

Next up: I am back in my food book comfort zone with Who Put The Beef In Wellington?

Posted by: Janine Reads


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A new book for foodie lovers everywhere!

how-to-bake-a-chocolate-souffle-blue-cover1Our friends at Crowded Earth Kitchen made a big announcement today! The author of the popular food blog, Carly Ellen Kramer just published her first book. We can’t wait to get out hands on it here at Cross Country Reading! Click the link below to check out Carly Ellen’s book, How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé.

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