Gaitri was born and brought up in Guyana, where her Indian ancestors had settled several generations before. After studying Political Science and Modern Languages in Canada and Spain, she went to live in the Netherlands with her Dutch husband. Her passion is for bringing lesser-known ethnic specialities to the attention of a wider audience, with much emphasis on baked goods. Gaitri writes primarily in English, but also in Dutch. She has received a Sophie Coe award for Food History and two her books have won major awards. Warm Bread and Honey Cake was the Guild of Food Writers’ Cookery Book of the Year 2010; Het Nederlands Bakboek was ‘Kookboek van het Jaar 2012’ (Cookbook of the Year) in the Netherlands. When not busy with food or writing projects, Gaitri is actively involved in village affairs and soothing hobbies such as pottery and clay modelling.
What Shirley Corriher doesn't know about baking is simply not worth knowing. She explains about chemical processes and reactions in such a chatty and easy way that you hardly realise how much information you have actually absorbed. Then she provides recipes to illustrate her points.
This is the book that showed me that there was more to baking than just producing a bread, cake or biscuit. And it made me want to tell stories about these things too, to bring baked goods to life for people.
It may not be the trendiest of foods at present, but when it reaches that stage, you'll be happy to have read this gem of a book, which is well-written, clearly laid out and illustrated with the author's own line drawings.