Book Review: The Parisian Christmas Bake-Off by Jenny Oliver

The Parisian Christmas Bake OffWhat’s it about?

Welcome to the most celebrated patisserie competition in Paris – ready, steady, bake!

Watching snowflakes settle on the Eiffel Tower, Rachel Smithson’s cosy English village feels very far way – as, thankfully, does her commitment-phobic ex, probably already kissing someone else under the mistletoe. But Rachel hasn’t come to Paris to mope she’s come to bake. Hard.

Because the search for Paris’s next patisserie apprentice is about to begin! And super-chef judge Henri Salernes is an infamously tough cookie. But Rachel isn’t about to let her confidence (or pastry) crumble. She’s got one week, mounds of melt-in-the-mouth macaroons and towers of perfect profiteroles to prove that she really is a star baker.

As well as clouds of flour, and wafts of chocolate and cinnamon, there’s definitely a touch of Christmas magic in the air… Rachel hasn’t come to Paris looking for a fairy-tale romance, but the city of love might gift-wrap her one anyway…

My thoughts

With gorgeous descriptions of Paris, Christmas, copious amounts of delicious baking that’ll make your mouth water, and lots and lots of snow – what more could you ask for from a Christmas novel!

Rachel’s set up by her friends to take part in the apprenticeship competition and from the first morning Chef Salernes has her card marked. He’s a bit of a tyrant – very Gordon Ramsey-esque with some cutting put downs!  A bit of a cross between The Great British Bake Off and Masterchef there are no huge surprises but an easy enjoyable festive read.

However, not entirely predictable as I thought it would be at the beginning with a bit of a twist which made for a pleasant surprise.

This Christmas treat is definitely for fans of the Great British Bake off!

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