Review: The Cake Maker’s Wish – Josephine Moon

The Cake Maker’s Wish

Josephine Moon


Michael Joseph

ISBN:  9780143792017



Life in the village isn’t always sweet and simple . . .


When single mum Olivia uproots her young son Darcy from their life in Tasmania for a new start in the English Cotswolds, she isn’t exactly expecting a bed of roses – but nor is she prepared for the challenges that life in the picturesque village throws her way.


The Renaissance Project hopes to bring the dwindling community back to life – to welcome migrants from around the world and to boost the failing economy – but not everyone is so pleased about the initiative.


For cake maker Olivia, it’s a chance for Darcy to finally meet his Norwegian father, and for her to trace the last blurry lines on what remains of her family tree. It’s also an opportunity to move on from the traumatic event that tore her loved ones apart.


After seven years on her own, she has all but given up on romance, until life dishes up some delicious new options, she didn’t even know she was craving.


An uplifting and heart-warming story about the moments that change your life forever, human kindness and being true to yourself.



My View:

If you are anything like me at the moment you appreciate a piece of heart-warming escapism in your reading choice and this book based on cake making is the perfect, temporary antidote to the ills of the time.


I love the ideas of the “Renaissance Project”  and the narrative successfully transports us to modern day English village lifestyle and times, the trials and tribulations of being an “outsider” and demonstrates how to mend bridges by simply showing an interest and caring about those around us.


This book is packed with “themes” for you to unlock and consider, and a love story or two and a bit of history/mystery for you to ponder.





Post Script: Dolce: 80 Authentic Italian Sweet Treats, Cakes and Desserts – Laura Zavan




80 Authentic Italian Sweet Treats, Cakes and Desserts

Laura Zavan

Murdoch Books

Allen and Unwin

ISBN: 9781743367391





80 easy and authentic Italian recipes for sweet treats, cakes and desserts. Tiramisu after dinner, panettone at Christmas, an icy lemon granita on a summer’s day. . . the delights of Italy’s many desserts, or dolci, are celebrated around the world; perhaps because, above all else, dolci are about family and simplicity. Laura’s uncomplicated approach to the traditional desserts of her childhood makes Italy’s finest tarts, puddings, cakes and sweets easy for everyone to share and enjoy.


Author bio:

Food writer Laura Zavan was born in Treviso, near Venice, and her earliest childhood food memories originate there. She has written several books including Little Italy and Venice Cult Recipes, both published by Murdoch Books. She has a food blog ( laura-zavan/), runs cooking classes and writes for a variety of magazines and newspapers


My View:

What a delicious way to inspire you back into the kitchen after the cooking hangover from all the festive cooking! I have a problem – which to try first? All the Panna Cotta recipes look divine and easy to make and they have a section in the cook book all to themselves (I never knew panna cotta came in some many varieties); coffee, licorice, chocolate, bitter almond…the list goes on. There are tarts and tartlets (note to self I must get some small square tart tins) the Mascarpone and Berry Tartlets ( these I must make – quite simple really once the tarts cases are baked blind- filled with mascarpone cream and berries – a prefect summer dessert), Lemon and Almond Crostata, Ricotta Tart with Dried Fruit… I don’t know if I can go on, I have a strong desire to start cooking right now! *takes a small break and comes back to book*



There is more! Pastries, cakes, biscotti (who doesn’t love a biscotti with their coffee?) Or some home-made semi – freddo, or ice-cream or granita? Ok I now I have narrowed down my choices: Coffee Panna Cotta, Biscotti, Choc Hazelnut Spread (Gianduja) and I must make Fruit and Nut Turnovers (Tortelli Dolci) purely because they use prune jam and at Christmas a made a few jars to give away and a couple to keep in my pantry. Look out kitchen, here I come!!!