Module 7: Post 1: Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

Book Title: Close to Famous

Author: Joan Bauer

Publisher: Penguin Group

Published Date: 2011


Foster can bake and finds that baking has always brought people together. Unfortunately for her, her father died in Afghanistan and ever since her mother and her haven’t had a stable life. They finally move out of Nashville and an abusive relationship that her mother is in and find out what family is outside of the normal idea. Little does she know how much her baking really means and who it brings together.

APA Reference:

Bauer, J. (2011). Close to famous. Toronto, Canada: Penguin Group.


I just recently got into baking, so I love this book. I want to be this girl and bring people together with the concoctions that I make. Good food, good storyline, good novel.

Professional Review:

When a domestic relationship turns abusive, 12-year-old Foster McKee and her mother flee Memphis, stowing whatever they can carry in their Chevy, including Foster’s treasured baking supplies and a few fresh-baked muffins for the road. Upon stumbling into the small town of Culpepper, W.Va., Foster’s baking talents win the hearts of the townspeople, among whom number such quirky and colorful personalities as Angry Wayne, Perseverance Wilson and Miss Charleena, a retired–but still very dramatic–Hollywood star. Woven throughout her baking adventures is Foster’s dream to be the Food Network’s first kid host of a cooking show, and silly scenes of Foster hamming it up for an imaginary camera punctuate the text. Amid this agreeable foolishness, heavy issues of domestic violence, mental illness, illiteracy and the pain of the recent economic downturn make themselves felt. Bauer expertly balances these grim realities with Foster’s ebullient personality and spunk, which could convince anyone that she will be able “make the world a better place one cupcake at a time.”

(2011). Close to famous. Kirkus Reviews, 79(1), 49.

Library Uses:

This can be used as a tool to show that even during hard times, you can survive and make life better for yourself.

Simply Great Breads by Daniel Leader

I don’t think anything can taste as great as a freshly baked bread. Simply Great Breads is just the cookbook to not only give you a great recipe, but also an awesome picture to go with it.

I’m pretty new to baking and cooking. I just recently started getting really into baking and have wanted to learn how to make great breads that look and smell awesome in the house. Looking at all the wonderful pictures here makes me want to stop everything I’m doing and get to work making something delicious.

A lot of the cookbooks that I have looked at have pictures that seem like they were just models. In this cookbook, yes you can tell they definitely posed the bread. But it actually looks like freshly baked goods that you could reach into the page and eat. They look that good!! It’s making me hungry just looking at them!!

I have a hard time finding baking books with enough recipes that I like to actually buy. This book is going on my to buy list. I can’t wait to smell some of the breads in my oven!! Who wants to come over for a taste?

The only thing that makes me sad is that I don’t have any pictures to share with you. Please if you make anything out of this book, SHARE!!


Pop Bakery by Clare O’Connell

My first baking book review!! YAY!! Pop Bakery by Clare O’Connell

While I may not have actually baked anything in the book, they sure have some cute ideas!! In this book, they have cake balls that are on sticks! Like pop cakes!!  Look at these!

Aren’t these the cutest things in the world? I wouldn’t ever want to eat them!!

You can buy the book here.