Butter Cream by Denise Roig
A Year in a Montreal Pastry School

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What happens when a 56-year-old fiction writer decides to ditch it all and attend professional pastry chef school for a year? In writing that brings to mind the work of journalist/chef Michael Ruhlman, Butter Cream: A Year in a Montreal Pastry School tells the story of eleven months of whipping, spreading and creaming in the pursuit of perfection. When Denise Roig set out to do this -- a lark, she thought -- she had no idea what it would cost and what it would give back.

Butter Cream is the chronicle of an intense year of learning and tasting, dramas at the stove and in the locker room. It's about fights, friendship and competition, fallen cakes and rising doughs. And sometimes, unexpectedly, it's about the sheer joy of baking. It's a memoir that also includes trips back to Roig's mother's and grandmother's kitchens and to her own complicated relationship with all things sweet.


About Denise Roig

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Denise Roig has previously published two collections of short stories - A Quiet Night and a Perfect End, and Any Day Now. The first was translated into French as Le Vrai Secret du bonheur, with five stories produced on CBC Radio One's "Between the Covers" in 2003, and rebroadcast in 2006. Any Day Now was shortlisted for the Quebec Writers' Federation fiction prize in 2005. Denise has made a living for the past thirty years from corporate writing, freelance magazine and newspaper journalism and has taught both creative writing and journalism at Concordia University. Originally from Los Angeles, she has lived in Montreal for many years.
Published October 20, 2011 by Signature Editions. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Cooking. Non-fiction

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