Pastries by Bharti Kirchner
A Novel of Desserts and Discoveries

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Sunya Malhotra, a young American woman whose parents had migrated from India, is the head baker and owner of Pastries, a warm and cozy bakery in Seattle. Sunya loves baking and has transformed her fabulous cakes and tarts into delicious works of art. The success of her beloved bakery is put in jeopardy, however, when a chain bakery threatens to open up down the street from her. To add to her misery, Roger, her hip, Japanese boyfriend has left her for a "perfect" Japanese girlfriend and her mother has just become engaged to a man Sunya detests. Sunya hasn't yet reconciled to the mystery of a father missing since her birth. Even a new relationship with a hot, young film director who is in town to cover the 1999 World Trade Conference, can't help Sunya with her biggest worry - she has lost her touch for baking.

Overwhelmed, Sunya is surprised to find herself listening when her new Japanese baker offers her a solution to her problems - enroll in a baking school in Japan! Of course, this isn't just any baking school. It is run by a famous Japanese baker, Mori Matsumoto, and is based on the principle of mindfulness. Soon Sunya finds herself learning the basic skills of baking all over again. Is this what she needs to rediscover herself? Will she recapture her zest for work and life?

About Bharti Kirchner

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Born in India, Bharti Kirchner worked as a systems software engineer for many years before becoming a prize-winning cookbook author. She is also the author of three acclaimed novels, including Darjeeling. Kirchner lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband.
Published July 19, 2003 by St. Martin's Press. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As the novel progresses, Sunya searches desperately for a way to regain her baking passion, unsure whether she can achieve this through a nascent romance with an ambitious young movie director or by accepting an invitation to attend a baking course at Apsara Bakery in Kyoto, Japan.

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