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Louise Johncox was born in Weybridge, Surrey, where her father worked as a baker and chocolatier in the family tea shop from 1958 to 2000. She comes from a long line of pastry chefs originating from Poschiavo on the Swiss Italian border. Instead of following in the family tea shop tradition, Louise trained as a journalist, and writes for publications including The Times, Sunday Times, Telegraph and Guardian. Louise lives in Surrey and has two children, Lara and Joe.
Louise Johncox comes from a long line of bakers and confectioners. As a child she would sit on a flour tin at her father's side and eat whatever was fresh from the oven - a hot bread roll or a fluffy piece of sponge - and when her father, a master baker, retired, Louise decided it was time to capture his wisdom and baking expertise, writing down his recipes for the first time and preserving his magical legacy for her children.In The Baker's Daughter she weaves delightful childhood memories of life in her family tea shop with her father's recipes, honed by over forty years of instinct and experience. From classic cream cakes and traditional buns, to celebration cakes, handcrafted chocolates and her father's signature cream meringues, these recipes come laden with the sights, smells and warmth of the tea room and bakehouse.'An affectionate memoir that will both entertain with stories from a bygone world of tea and cakes and inspire people to bake' Albert Roux, OBE, KFO'Louise's book is as beautiful as the story she tells. And it brings out the secret baker in all of us' William Sitwell, Editor of Waitrose Kitchen 'Truly inspiring. A beautiful book which puts food at the heart of all that matters' Tony Turnbull, Food and Drink Editor of The Times, and Assistant Editor of The Times Magazine 'In this lovely story, we are given a glimpse through the still-frame of a lens, and handed a baker's lifetime of experience through his daughter' Tessa Kiros, author of Falling Cloudberries 'This is that rare and precious thing - a cookbook from the heart, richly authentic and full of love and warmth. Buy one copy to keep, and another to cook from' Orlando Murrin, journalist and author of A Table in the Tarn 'Louise has communicated that most important thing, the connection food has to family at the deepest level. She has made personal the stories that were a part of her childhood and made her who she is with simple detail and no sentimentality' Tamasin Day-Lewis, food writer and author
Louise Johncox comes from a long line of bakers and confectioners. As a child she would sit on a flour tin at her father's side in the bakehouse and eat whatever was fresh from the oven - a hot bread roll or a fluffy piece of sponge - and when her father retired, Louise decided it was time to capture his wisdom and baking expertise, writing down his recipes for the first time and preserving his magical legacy for her children.A Life Shaped by Cakes shares family stories unravelled by Louise's baking sessions with her father. Weaving in childhood memories of the family tea shop, Peter's, with older events from her parents' youth and a few of her father's delicious recipes, this nostalgic memoir describes a life shaped by cakes.More recipes are shared in Louise Johncox's cookbook The Baker's Daughter: Timeless Recipes from Four Generations of Bakers.
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