The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living

"Mix in one part Diane Mott -Davidson's delightful culinary adventures with several tablespoons of Jan Karon's country living and quirky characters, bake at 350 degrees for one rich and warm romance." --Library Journal 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 When Olivia Rawlings--pastry chef extraordinaire for an ex...

Details The City Baker's Guide to Country Living

TitleThe City Baker's Guide to Country Living
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherPenguin Books
GenreFiction, Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Food and Drink, Food, Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Adult

Reviews The City Baker's Guide to Country Living

  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 When Livvy, the pastry chef at an inclusive Boston dining club, drops a lit baked Alaska setting the room on fire, she runs to Vermont the safest place and person she knows. Her best friend Hannah. Hannah quickly finds her a position at a gorgeous inn, called Sugar Maple, located in the Vermont countryside.The descriptions of the desserts will have you drool, the food, entice, the beautiful setting and family atmosphere , envious and the banj...
  • Malia
    This book was just what the doctor ordered after a number of dark mysteries and psychological thrillers! It's a lovely summer read with likeable characters and did I mention there's pie? Boston baker, Livvy, makes a reluctant move to the Vermont countryside, where she takes up a position as baker for the Sugar Maple Inn, little knowing that its owner, Margaret, has other plans for her. There is some romance, a little mystery, but mostly this is a...
  • Suzanne Leopold
    Livvy Rawlings is a pastry chef at an exclusive restaurant in Boston called the Emerson Club. One evening while serving a flambe dessert, she accidently sets the building on fire. Out of job and needing money, she moves in with with her best friend in Vermont. Eventually, she finds herself a job as a baker at a small inn. The owner’s intention is to utilize Livvy’s culinary skills to win a pie contest.Livvy begins to settle into her life and ...
  • Margitte
    I had to read the first sentence in the book three times. The night I lit the Emerson Club on fire had been perfect for making meringue. Each time I read it, I giggled and called out 'What?!' And then I started laughing. That's what I do in dumbfounding astonishment. And I liked the feeling of the book on the spot. What a great way of starting out a book and setting the tone for what turned out to be a wonderful, relaxing, no-brainer, good read.O...
  • PorshaJo
    What a delicious, fun read! I was hooked by the blub on this one after I read 'pastry chef extraordinaire'. If it has anything to do with food, I'm going to read it. And if it's baking....come on. Livvy is the pastry chef extraordinaire, who is having a rough go of it. Her parents are gone and she seems a bit lost. After a mishap at her current place of employment, she travels a few hours to visit her friend and find comfort, but instead, she fin...
  • Trish
    Louise Miller is remarkably accomplished in this debut novel about a family-less pastry chef escaping an affair with her boss in Boston, a married man, and landing at the Sugar Maple Inn in Guthrie, Vermont. All of our senses are engaged just by contemplating the premise: sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. Miller adds the umami ingredient, voice. Her main character, Livvy, has the wit to speak her mind and the cooking talent to go with it. What she ...
  • Rebecca Foster
    When Olivia Rawlings, the protagonist of pastry chef Louise Miller’s debut novel, arrives in Guthrie, Vermont one September, it’s with a weight of guilt and rumor behind her. She left Boston’s Emerson Club in ignominy after setting the place on fire with a Baked Alaska and sleeping with a married boss twice her age. Now her best friend, Hannah, is determined to help Livvy make a fresh start in a small town. She uses her clout as the local d...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    This is the perfect foodie cozy romance novel. The author is a pastry chef and it shows; I was so pleased to find the apple pie recipe in the back and can't wait to make it. Olivia was sleeping with her married boss and caused a fire at an important event and flees to rural Vermont, where she ends up finding a job at a small inn that just happens to need a pastry chef. And before you think it is a ridiculous notion, I once had to relocate to a to...
  • Dana
    3.5. A cozy little Fall foodie book...although a little on the sweet side. I took this book on a trip to the mountains last week and it was perfect for reading by the lake, watching the leaves fall around me and smelling woodsmoke as I read about apple pie and Thanksgiving in Vermont.
  • Margaret
    3.5/5 This book begins with our protagonist, Olivia “Livvy” Rawlings, a talented young (age 32) pastry chef working in Boston, feeling a sudden need to relocate after an especially unpleasant series of events. While carrying a huge and flaming Baked Alaska at a large catered event, she noticed her most recent lover, her much older and very much married boss, unexpectedly standing across the crowded ballroom with his wife. Surprised and distre...
  • Maria
    I already put on five pounds just from reading this, my first note on The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living reads.To bake or not to bake, that is the question. Then again, what’s the worst that could happen? Well, you could set the room on fire…That is how The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller begins. We are introduced to the main character, Olivia Rawlings, mid-catastrophe. Olivia is a well-known baker, a pastry ch...
  • Morana Mazor
    Kaže se da ne treba suditi knjigu po koricama...ali, isto se kaže i da iznimke potvrđuju pravila pa, ako uzmemo u obzir te dvije izreke onda je ova knjiga iznimka koja potvrđuje pravilo jer je prilično lako možemo prosuditi po koricama tj. naslovnici.Meni se, priznajem, svidjela čim sam vidjela najavu; ta nježna plava boja, ozračje tople kuhinje i , naravno, naslov, sve to zajedno djelovalo je tako ugodno i privlačno da sam u tom trenu...
  • Cindy Burnett
    4.5 starsI loved this book from beginning to end! The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living is chock full of fabulous characters and great story lines – I did not want it to end. I would love to spend some time in Guthrie, Vermont at the Sugar Maple Inn with Margaret, Al and Olivia eating all of the wonderful food that Louise Miller writes about in this great novel. Miller also throws in banjos and fiddles and some contra dances, and a great s...
  • Chessa
    4.5 stars, but I'm rounding up to 5. This is the perfect cozy foodie small town romance. Seriously, delicious food + banjos + small town shenanigans? In New England?!?!? I feel like this book was written for me. My heart felt warm every time I read it, and I looked forward to getting back to it every time. If you like Gilmore Girls (and who doesn't like Gilmore Girls?!?), definitely check this one out! The characters drive the bus here, but it's ...
  • Andrea
    3.5 StarsApple pie, Sugar Maple Inn, countryside Vermont....a charming, curl-up with coffee on the couch delight!
  • Amy
    All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.comThis was a really fantastic book to listen to, I’m sure it was just as delightful to read, but there was something special about the audio version of The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living. The narrator was amazing, she really brought the characters to life and I can still clearly hear her melodic and pleasant voice in my head days after finishing the book. My favorite part about this boo...
  • Yodamom
    AudiobookNarration 5 starsI am so glad I finally got to this book, it was of my to be read books for too long. I originally picked it by title alone, and never read the blurb. This has proven to be a good method of picking books for me so far. I loved this feel good, great characters with real problems story.Olivia, works in Boston for a major restaurant where she has relations with the married boss. Her days are numbered when she sets fire to th...
  • Melissa
    Small town life isn't always easy, especially when you're new in town and the subject of gossip. And when your hair color starts with "Manic Panic," you definitely stand out. That's what it's like for Livvy when she leaves Boston to stay with her best friend in Guthrie, Vermont. Soon she finds herself with a new job and a living space to go along with it. While some people make her feel like she was meant to live there, other people have ways of ...
  • Emmy
    Disclaimer: Do not read this if you are trying to eat healthy and have no self control. Because you are going to want eat EVERYTHING! You have been warned. I really, really enjoyed this one. I got super attached to Henry, (view spoiler)[and cried when he died, (hide spoiler)] and many of the other characters were well drawn as well. This might have been a 5 star book if only the reunion scene at the end had been a little more developed. I LOVE a ...
  • Sian Lile-Pastore
    I bought this as someone mentioned that it was like Gilmore Girls, Baby Boom and Waitress. These are three of my favourite things. and yeah, it is like them! the author is a pastry chef so there are loads of cosy baking references and this is such an easy fun read about finding a home, falling in love, making pie etc etc. I think the author tries to make the main character a bit edgy by getting her to drink whisky, wear a Clash tshirt and dye her...
  • Trin
    This book was just so... *throws up hands* heterosexual? Heteronormative? I don't know. Something where the only possible happy ending seems to be to move to the country, bake, get married, and have lots of babies (admittedly not in that order). Like: a lot of those things seem really nice to me, but put all together, wrapped up in a happy ending's neat little bow -- what a bummer.This is well-written, though, and the food sounds yummy.
  • Steph
    This was such a delightful read. It is meant to be devoured in one sitting, on a rainy or snowy day, supplied with an endless pot of tea and innumerable sweets. I would now like to move to the country, become a pastry chef, work at an inn and romp in the snow. Despite it being June.
  • Liz
    First off, do not read this when hungry! Wonderful descriptions of different desserts will have you drooling on your kindle. And if you're into baking, you'll learn all sorts of secrets and be rewarded with a full recipe at the end. And as someone who has always had a soft spot in her heart for bluegrass music, this book also hit home with all the discussions of banjo tunes. This is definitely women’s literature, usually not my favorite genre. ...
  • Lisa Montanaro
    This book was yummy on many levels. An enjoyable, fast paced read. It follows the journey of Livvy, a pastry chef in Boston, as she takes on a new job and life, in rural Vermont. There are many small town characters that add to the quirk and charm, and you definitely get pulled into their world, and suddenly find yourself deeply caring about what happens to them, cheering them on, crying for them, and hoping they each get their own version of a h...
  • Lisa
    The City Baker's Guide to Country Living is the literary equivalent of Gilmore Girls. It's a charming, compelling feast for the soul.
  • Virginia
    This is a really fun read from beginning to end! After a dramatic series of events which caused out heroine, Olivia Rawlings, set a restaurant on fire, Olivia finds herself in a quaint little town filled with quirky people. Initially, she moves in just to escape the drama from the big city. However, as she starts to know the locals, she finds the home she's been searching for all her life. Filled with delicious descriptions of food and lovable ch...
  • Toni
    After Liv accidentally set fire to Boston's Emerson Club's dining room, it was mostly water damage, she jumped in her car with her huge dog Salty, and drove straight through to Vermont, counting on best friend Hannah, to let her stay in her guest room.Hannah came through ok, but she couldn't stay long since husband Jonathan and Liv barely got along. Luckily, Margaret, the owner of the Sugar Maple Inn, was again looking for another pastry chef. Si...
  • Sue
    Olivia (Livy) is a pastry chef and works in an elegant club in Boston. When she accidentally sets the club on fire with her baked Alaska, she does what she's done many times in the past - she runs away. This time she runs to her best friend in Guthrie, Vermont, a small town where everyone knows their neighbor's business. Her friend convinces her to stay and to take a job at Maple Hill Inn. Once she starts the job, lots of fantastic characters bec...
  • Linda Zagon
    I just finished reading "The City Baker's Guide To County Living" by Louise Miller.The genre of this book is fiction, and I would add romance.Olivia, "Livvy" makes a very flamboyant entrance with her dessert at a fancy Boston restaurant. Her blazing dessert is the cause of a fire, and Olivia's exit from working in Boston. Olivia heads for Vermont where her close friend Hannah lives. She takes a job as a baker in Vermont at a"Sugar House Inn", and...
  • Fernanda
    :) digamos que gostei!Esta historia, na primeira metade esteve bem perto do "chato".... mas depois deu de facto uma reviravolta e ficou bem mais interessante e animada.Uma trama meio "rabuscada", uma vez que tem imensos personagens secundarios e nem sempre a historia se foca no casal principal.A ação é relativamente lenta, contem muitas descrições de receitas de bolos e afins, ou seja nao convem estar com fome!!!! :).Dos personagens podemos ...