Kitty and Al Tait’s beautiful book about baking has been shared by fairies wherever bread is made!
“Baking is done out of love. To share with family and friends, to see them smile”– Anna Olson
The Book Fairies have been baking up a treat today in the form of Breadsong by Kitty and Al Tait! Look out for copies hiding at dough related locations all around the UK!
“Baking is a matter of precision and timing, but I just make things up as I go”– Rumaan Alam
About the book:
Breadsong tells the story of Kitty Tait who was a chatty, bouncy and full-of-life 14 year old until she was overwhelmed by an ever-thickening cloud of depression and anxiety and she withdrew from the world. Her desperate family tried everything to help her but she slipped further away from them.
One day her dad Alex, a teacher, baked a loaf of bread with her and that small moment changed everything. One loaf quickly escalated into an obsession and Kitty started to find her way out of the terrible place she was in. Baking bread was the one thing that made any sense to her and before long she was making loaves for half her village. After a few whirlwind months, she and her dad opened the Orange Bakery, where queues now regularly snake down the street.
Breadsong is also a cookbook full of Kitty’s favourite recipes, including:
- the Comfort loaf made with Marmite, and with a crust that tastes like Twiglets
- bitesize queue nibbles, doughnuts with an ever-changing filling to keep the bakery queue happy
- sticky fika buns with mix-and-match fillings such as cardamom and orange
- Happy Bread covered with salted caramel
- cheese straws made with easy homemade ruff puff pastry
- the ultimate brown butter and choc chip cookies with the perfect combination of gooey centre and crispy edges.
“Baking can be done with a few simple ingredients, so it’s about simplicity and nostalgia – people are reminded of their childhood”– Paul Hollywood
We love hearing from people who find the books we leave behind – and these particular pics made us so happy to see! If you have found a book, please share a pic online and use #ibelieveinbookfairies so that we can celebrate with you!
Not lucky enough to find a copy?
Do not worry – this beauty is available at good bookshops (did you know you can order through them too??) and if you would rather order online, you can still support independent bookshops by ordering your copy of Breadsong from Bookshop.org!
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