marcy brenner - Marcelle R. brenner publishing llc
What happens when a devoted daughter begins to revive her famous-baker-dad’s recipes, and instead uncovers a hidden family history? In this case, a narrative cookbook—about people. Marcy Brenner’s devotion to her dad, Max, is evident from the first line to the last, but her journey of discovery goes back in time, to long before she tasted her first Chocolate Top Cookie. As she teaches herself to bake like a pro—by decoding Max’s cryptic, commercial recipe cards—she follows the story of generations of bakers who used love as their primary ingredient. Meanwhile, she delivers the goods for generations of Brenner’s Bakery fans who have been waiting for years for “kitchen-sized” recipes that would make their favorites come back to life. In the process of sharing her discoveries, Marcy forever marries breads and sweets to her family members who craved them. Her chapters have names like “Miss Charlotte,” and “Sisters.” The narrative format also intermingles dozens of recipes with moving stories of Marcy’s parents’ deep Southern humanity, her grandparents’ struggles—and a Jewish ancestry buried by fear. With unflinching empathy, she embraces the hope and loss that brought her Polish ancestors to America, and which connect her to a past she sensed, but never knew. She wonders aloud whether baking is in her genes, whether she’ll be able to pull off this experiment, and whether the cakes and cookies and croissants, doughnuts, breads, Boston Cream Pies, and macaroons will turn out. Maybe because true love never dies, they do.
Whenever you needed a loaf of marble rye, a bagful of molasses cookies (my favorite) or a birthday cake for someone special, you went to Brenner's in Alexandria, Virginia. And it was easy to find excuses to stop there for all the in-between times too. Part cookbook, part ode to her father Max, Marcy Brenner weaves love, joy and warm aromas into one satisfying volume.
-- Susan Stuck, Food writer and former Alexandria resident
Like an excellent cinnamon swirl, this memoir blends family history, loving memories and cherished original recipes - a delight for all of the senses.
-- Karen Jones, broadcast journalist and author
In "A Baker's Daughter" Marcy Brenner recreates the world of her childhood--a world of love, work, and most of all, of delicious bakery treats. - Pat Garber, nature writer and poet
Buy A Baker's Daughter to get the Chocolate Top Cookie recipe. Read it to feed your soul. - Sara Bernstein, screenwriter
Converting bakery-volume recipes for home cooks is no small feat, and fans of Brenner’s Bakery will undoubtedly love this book for enabling them to recreate their favorites to enjoy at home. But the real treat of A Baker’s Daughter is the stories. Told with Marcy’s remarkable clarity, wit, and introspection – in beautiful lyrical language that reflects her roots as a singer-songwriter – these tales of the family that made the bakery so beloved are as delicious and pleasurable as any of the sweet indulgences the bakery offered.
- Kati Wharton, Baking & Pastry Arts student
Marcy Brenner’s book tells the engaging and heartfelt story of an immigrant family making its way in the American century. Rich with photographs, first-hand accounts and recipes to die for, “A Baker’s Daughter” recalls a time before Starbucks and Big Box stores when family-owned businesses served as places of comfort, community and continuity for America’s burgeoning middle class. So grab a sweater, a cup of tea, and Marcy Brenner’s book. At least for a while, life will be sweet again.
Leslie Siddeley, consultant and writer living in Alexandria, VA
A Baker's Daughter: Recipes & Memories From A Family Bakery
by Marcy Brenner & Kristin Donnan
Editing and Design by Rockin' Dog Studios
Illustrations by Ginny Foard
Special Photos by Jessie Morrissey and Shane Moore
Photo Staging by Danielle
Photos from Brenner Family collection except where indicated.
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