Comments: This is the story of a woman who became a mom, worked for a time as a pastry chef, but found the draw of home – and the attraction of home baking vs. the production of fancy restaurant desserts – more alluring.
Since leaving restaurant kitchens, Lauren Chattman has turned out several books on desserts and baking. Her current work is an effort to convince busy, busy moms that baking from scratch, simple baking from scratch, can fit in their lives, can be an enjoyable activity, and will delight their children. These are meant to be quick, easy, well-written recipes for potluck suppers, birthday parties, bake sales, and just about every other event in daily life.
Recipes include homemade pancakes and waffles; muffins, quickbreads, biscuits, and scones; cookies; brownies and bars; "no-fail" pies, tarts, cobblers, and quiches; birthday and other special-occasion cakes; and basic breads and pizzas. There is a nice mix of traditional favorites and new recipes.