I’ve got a great interview for you today that’s both fascinating and more than a little mouth-watering. Olivia Potts is the author of A Half Baked Idea, a memoir which tells the story of how baking became first her comfort and then her profession in the aftermath of her mum’s passing away.
We talked about Olivia’s time at culinary school, how she came to make what sound like amazing artisanal donuts, her favourite food magazine, and much more.
You can listen to the episode here,
or wherever else you get your podcasts.
Books Mentioned on the Podcast:
A Half Baked Idea, by Olivia Potts
Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany, by Bill Buford
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, by Julie Powell
The Comfort Food Diaries: My Quest for the Perfect Dish to Mend a Broken Heart, by Emily Nunn
Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking, by Elissa Altman
Bread, Cake, Doughnut, Pudding: Sweet and Savoury Recipes from Britain’s Best Baker, by Justin Gellatly
The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster, by Sarah Krasnostein
One Good Turn, by Kate Atkinson
The Secret Place, by Tana French
Why You Should Read Children’s Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise, by Katherine Rundell
What Happens Now?, by Sophia Money-Coutts
Crossfire (Noughts and Crosses), by Malorie Blackman
Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe
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