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Holiday/Birthday Baking Event with author Samantha Seneveratne

Please join us for an afternoon of birthday fun on Sunday December 15th at 4:00pm. as we celebrate Byrd’s Books 8th birthday! Author Samantha Seneviratne will join us to discuss her book, The Joys of Baking: Recipes and Stories for a Sweet Life

If you choose to bake for the event from the book, you will receive a $20.00 gift certificate to Byrd’s Books when you bring your goodie to the event. The author will get the chance to sample your efforts, as will the rest of the group!

Boxes will be available for taking home the fruits of your baking efforts. It’s the holidays!! Boxes can be purchased for a $10 fee, which will be directly donated to DAWS, our local no-kill shelter.

To register, click HERE

About the book: 

Baking One's Way Through a Sweet Life, with Great Recipes

Cooking is a necessity-everyone needs to eat-but baking is different. No one needs a chocolaty cake or a delectable sweet to survive. That is, until that moment when a chocolate cake is exactly what you need to survive.

Author Samantha Seneviratne believes that every baking project begins with a spark-a desire, a craving, a memory, or a feeling-and through baking that spark is made real. Inspired by the gumption and charm of the classic, bestselling cookbook The Joy of Cooking, this cookbook focuses on the joys that make up everyday life and 75 ways to bake yourself back up when you feel like you've hit the bottom. Each chapter explores one of five themes and provides recipes paired with touching, humorous, and thoughtful essays and beautiful photos throughout.

  • Chocolate Cardamom Swirl Babka
  • Apricot Frangipange Phyllo Tart
  • Nectarine Galette with Sour Cherry Jam
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Cake with Bay and Orange
  • Coffee Crème Bundt Cake

For all the happy and joyous moments, for every stage of love, lovesickness, and everything in between, when you need a moment of comfort and solace, there's always dessert.


Samantha Seneviratne is the author of The New Sugar and Spice, nominated for a 2016 James Beard Award, and Gluten-Free for Good. A frequent contributor to the New York Times and Food52, she has been an editor at Martha Stewart's Everyday FoodFine Cooking, and Good Housekeeping, and her blog Love, Cake was a finalist at the 2015 Saveur Awards. Sam lives in Brooklyn with her son Artie.


The Joys of
 is a sweet meditation on why we bake, on how what we make with our hands
changes us, soothes, comforts and inspires us. Sam's generously personal
stories and the collection of recipes she braids into them encourage us to
bake, to pay attention as we stir and knead, and to reap each of the many
pleasures she describes. The book is a delight.—Dorie Greenspan, award-winning author of Everyday Dorie and Dorie's Cookies

The Joys of Baking bursts with ripe fruits and berries, dark, bittersweet
chocolate, buttery tarts, whole grains, and creamy custards - in short,
all of my favorite things to bake... and eat! Sprinkled with personal stories,
Samantha Seneviratne's gorgeously photographed cookbook will fill anyone's
sweet spot.—David Lebovitz, author of My Paris Kitchen and The Perfect Scoop


Event Date: 
Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
178 Greenwood Avenue
Bethel, CT 06801
The Joys of Baking: Recipes and Stories for a Sweet Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762492534
Availability: Backordered
Published: Running Press Adult - October 8th, 2019