Reviewed by Jen K.

The biggest difference between The Happy Baker and other cookbooks is the humor. Up until now, I didn’t own a single cookbook that I would have described as funny. And now I do. What do you do when your love life isn’t exactly panning out? Grease up your baking pans, don a cute apron and drown your sorrows in butter and chocolate. Roast some nuts, lick the condensed milk lid (oh, come on, we all do it) and start the healing process. According to Erin Bolger: dating is hard – baking isn’t supposed to be.

Erin spins some great yarns about her dating disasters, from first crush to being the last single girl standing. She begins with her awkward teen years, through her first real relationship, then onto some dating shenanigans where she looks for love in every possible avenue, including all the wrong ones. Erin’s self deprecating humor makes me feel as though we are all pulling for her, but laughing really hard at the same time. The recipes are named for the situations, with titles like Goodbye Men, Hello Dolly Squares and Internet Dating Fondue.

The Happy Baker is much more than just a book of funny dating encounters – it’s also a kick butt baking book. Do not expect pages and pages of romance writing with a stray recipe tucked in here and there. The baked goods definitely take center stage with big, beautiful, full color photographs of every single one! Erin offers up a host of over sixty terrific looking recipes – gorgeous biscotti (gingerbread, chocolate or toffee), amazing brownies and blondies, cupcakes, breads, and a host of cookies stare back from the pages. I love the presentation – bold type, gigantic photos and simple instructions.

Considering Erin Bolger’s baking repertoire, she has no business being single. Check our four sample recipes here, including the divine Sea Salted Caramels.

Jen lives in Michigan with her husband and six year old son. She writes reviews of children’s books on her blog, FIRR-Kids and loves filling her shelves with cookbooks.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Harlequin. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.