Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How To Bake A Man ~ Jessica Barksdale Inclan ~ TLC Blog Tour

About How to Bake a Man

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Ghostwoods Books (October 21, 2014)
When 27-year-old Becca Muchmore drops out of grad school, all she has left to fall back on is her baking. Ignoring her mother’s usual barrage of disapproval and disappointment, she decides to start a small business hand-delivering her wares. A friend introduces her to an office of hungry lawyers, who agree to give her a try. Her lizard-booted neighbor Sal is happy to help out when he can, and almost before she knows it, Becca’s Best is up and running. 
Before she can settle into a routine, things get complicated. The office ogress could easily be Becca’s sister and has absolutely no patience with cookies or other frivolities. Even worse, her boyfriend is the man of Becca’s dreams – kind, funny, successful, and brain-meltingly gorgeous. As the dark undercurrents threaten to pull her down, Becca swiftly finds herself neck-deep in office politics, clandestine romance, and flour. Saving her business (and finding true love) is going to take everything she’s got, and more.
Packed with charm, sparkling humor, and a genuinely unforgettable cast, this delicious tale of a woman struggling to find her path might just be Jessica Barksdale Inclán’s finest novel to date.
“Jessica Barksdale Inclan knows food and fiction. A sweet story that will have you longing for more.” – Mia King, best-selling author of Table Manners and Family Room

“Part love story and [part] journey to value oneself, How to Bake a Man is a lyrical, rich story that will please readers of all stripes (and tempt your taste buds with tasty recipes).” –Jordan E. Rosenfeld, author of Forged in Grace, Night Oracle and Make a Scene

“Becca Muchmore is much more than a talented baker of scrumptious desserts—she’s a captivatingly real heroine who’ll win your heart with both her cinnamon rolls and her search for love. How to Bake a Man is one delightful read.” – Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, author of Midori by Moonlight and His Wife and Daughters.

My take on this book:
Romance with recipes! What more could a person ask for? At 27  Rebecca "Becca" Muchmore quits a perfectly good job in order to go back to school, thing is once she gets there she feels realizes she isn't crazy about school, and is only really happy when she is baking so she decides she will drop out of school and start her own dessert business called Becca's Best Bakery. So with start up money from her mother, and help from her friend Sal, and more hope than she has felt in ages she begins a new chapter in her life. 
Becca's character was so easy to like, I sort of felt like How To Bake A Man was a coming of age story as Becca's journey allowed her to grow into the person she was intended to be. Visually descriptive writing certainly allowed me to step into the story, and kept me interested. I loved the character of Sal, Becca's neighbor who offers to help her, not only with her baking business but with dispensing plenty of opinions as well. I could easily envision his 1972 Cutlass Supreme, it was like a character in itself.The characters in the office building were quite varied. A good blending of self discovery, romance, recipes and great characters made this a fast paced easy to read story.
Add to Goodreads badge

Purchase Links

JB018aAbout Jessica Barksdale


JESSICA BARKSDALE INCLAN is the author of twelve traditionally published novels, including the best-selling Her Daughter’s EyesThe Matter of Grace, and When You Believe. She has also published several ebooks and a women’s studies textbook, Diverse Voices of Women. Her work has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and Czech.
Inclán teaches composition, creative writing, mythology, and women’s literature at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and online novel writing courses for UCLA Extension.

Find out more about Jessica at her website,

Jessica Barksdale Inclán’s TLC Book 


Monday, October 13th:  A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, October 14th:  girlichef
Wednesday, October 15th:  Nightly Reading
Thursday, October 16th: Bookchickdi
Monday, October 20th:  Bewitched Bookworms
Tuesday, October 21st:  Giraffe Days
Wednesday, October 22nd:  WV Stitcher
Thursday, October 23rd:  Leigh Kramer
Friday, October 24th:  Books à la Mode
Monday, October 27th:  Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, October 28th:  From the TBR Pile
Monday, November 3rd:  Kritter’s Ramblings
Tuesday, November 4th:  Kahakai Kitchen
Friday, November 7th:  Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Date TBD:  Book Marks the Spot

1 comment:

Your wonderful comments make my day, thanks for dropping by!