The Little French Bakery Cookbook (Hardcover)

Sweet & Savory Recipes and Tales from a Pastry Chef and Her Cooking School

By Susan Holding

Skyhorse, 9781629145518, 288pp.

Publication Date: November 11, 2014

List Price: 24.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.


What if your hobby turned into attending pastry school in Paris—and a surprising career change?

For Susan Holding, that’s exactly what happened.

Susan was a nurse turned road warrior teaching medical professionals to use computer software. But on the weekends, her hobby was baking—usually while dreaming about mastering French pastry. While searching for a New England baking course, she mistakenly received information about Le Cordon Bleu’s pastry program in Paris. After careful consideration of the program and completing the application process, she was accepted, and off to Paris she went. Within a year she graduated with honors, left her nursing career, and opened her own bakery and cooking school, the Little French Bakery, in Wisconsin.

The Little French Bakery Cookbook takes us through Susan’s stories of success and mishap during her days at pastry school in France. These charming stories are interwoven between one hundred recipes that she has mastered since her days at school. Readers will find recipes both savory and sweet, with delicious flavors that will take them on their own trip to the City of Light.

Enjoy such recipes as:

• Kitchen sink cookies
• Tarte aux Pommes
• Onion soup
• Boeuf Bourguignon
• Oven roasted brussels sprouts and cauliflower

While French cuisine can seem intimidating, Susan provides equipment lists, and her own hints and tips to aid readers in becoming the master of their kitchen. Find step-by-step photos to create seemingly difficult pastries at home. Whether new to baking or comfortable in the kitchen, everyone will find something new in The Little French Bakery Cookbook. Embark on your own culinary adventure and taste the delights of Paris!

Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Good Books and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of cookbooks, including books on juicing, grilling, baking, frying, home brewing and winemaking, slow cookers, and cast iron cooking. We’ve been successful with books on gluten-free cooking, vegetarian and vegan cooking, paleo, raw foods, and more. Our list includes French cooking, Swedish cooking, Austrian and German cooking, Cajun cooking, as well as books on jerky, canning and preserving, peanut butter, meatballs, oil and vinegar, bone broth, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

About the Author

Susan Holding enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu’s Paris pastry program in 1998, leaving behind her successful nursing career. After completing the Diplôme de Pâtisserie with honors, she opened the Little French Bakery and Cooking School. Susan began blogging her heartfelt and humorous culinary stories in 2010, taking her readers with her on the journey. A self-taught photographer, Susan styles and photographs her recipes. She has continued her culinary education participating in classes with Colette Peters, Béatrice Peltre, Joy Wilson, Susan Herrmann-Loomis, and François Payard.