The Baker’s Daughter is the debut cookbook by Louise Johncox, released on 13th March. Featuring the knowledge and recipes of her baker extraordinaire father, the book is packed with classic cakes and bakes, from traditional buns to handcrafted chocolates and cream meringues. Among Louise’s favourites are the coffee japonaise cake and the palmiers, which she promised to make for us one day soon.
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A charming collection of classic recipes passed down from a master baker to his daughter including personal stories about her family tea shop.
‘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 Johncox comes from a long line of bakers and confectioners. Louise’s parents, grandparents and great-grandparents all ran tea shops. 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, scents and warmth of the tea room and bakehouse.
About the author:
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.
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