Chefs sometimes talk about ingredients speaking to each other. But what if those ingredients actually spoke to the chef? That’s the beginning of the premise for author Judith Fertig’s new novel, The Cake Therapist. The story follows Claire O’Neil, a pastry chef, who uses her gift of “tasting” feelings to make cakes that help her customers through life’s triumphs and tragedies. But it’s her own discoveries told through the eyes of a kitchen veteran in Fertig that power the plot.
Fertig also has a new cookbook, Bake Happy, launching next Tuesday. It’s 100 recipes for baked goods — think surprise fillings and rainbow icing — designed to bring out the playful side of every baker. You likely Fertig as one of Kansas City’s BBQ Queens — she’s co-authored eight barbecue cookbooks with Karen Adler.
Fertig is holding a launch party for The Cake Therapist at Rainy Day Books (2706 W53rd Street, Fairway, Kansas) on Tuesday, June 2, at 7 p.m. Admission is $16, which includes an autographed copy of the book, a chance to chat with the author and refreshments.