Hello everyone!

   My name is Valerie and I am a food lover at heart. By day I am a graduate student in biochemistry working on cancer research, but at night my inner baker comes out. I love to eat food, but first and foremost I love to prepare it. Albeit I enjoy coking very much, baking is my true passion. It has developed in recent years as I first moved out of my parents’ house and lived on my own. It opened the doors of creativity and freedom, in regards to food preparation might I had. Over these years I have been inspired by a truly talented pastry chef that has her own show on the Food Network: Anna Olson. She is the host of “Bake with Anna Olson”, a show which I watch with complete earnestness whenever I can. She demonstrates undeniable skill whilst baking and brings out one delicious-looking dessert after another every time. Anna Olson is, simply put, my baking idol.

   It was consequently normal and expected for me to receive her cookbook “Back to Baking” for my birthday. As I was excitedly flipping through it and looking in delight at the sophisticated and seemingly delectable desserts, one thought came to mind: I have to try every single recipe of this wonderful cookbook. Such a thought, enhanced by the novel and movie of the same name “Julie & Julia”, inspired me to make a blog about my efforts to repeat the 200 recipes found in the cookbook “Back to Baking”, by Anna Olson. This blog is solely for personal use. My goal here is not to benefit in any way from repeating the recipes in this cookbook. It is simply a kind of journal for myself to keep track of my progress and to take note of the inevitable memorable recipes to come.


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  1. What a fabulous idea….wishing you the best of luck. Anna is a great chef and I think a wonderful person that I also follow her recipes…just not in the depth or manner that you are.

  2. Hey Valarie,
    Anna Olson Fan here. I was wondering if it would be okay if you would help spread the word about a petition I created that I hope will reach far and wide. If it gets enough signatures, I want to send it to Food Network to show them that there is great interest in another season of Bake! 🙂 The URL is http://bit.ly/moreanna

  3. Hi! I can totally relate to you! I am a pediatrician from México and also a devoted fan of Anna Olson! The thing about her recipes is that anyone can reproduce them, and they will yield excellent results! I love desserts because they put smiles on peoples faces and you can aleáis share and bring every one together! Congratulations Val! Best of luck on your baking adventures!

    • Hi María, Would you mind adding your name to the petition for the production of more episodes of Bake? The petition has been up for a couple of months now, and only has 9 signatures with a goal of 100, so any sharing would be appreciated, and of course, we could all benefit! The URL is http://bit.ly/moreanna

      Thanks Valarie for adding your name! ❤

    • Hi Maria,
      Thank you so much for your kind comments! 🙂 That is exactly why I love Anna Olson so much! Not only is she an excellent baker, but her recipes are feasible and always delicious. Likewise!

  4. We miss you, hope everything is fine, good luck with your final exams! Love from México.

    • That is so sweet of you Maria! I have indeed been quite absent from my blog lately as I am very busy with my PhD and comprehensive exams. 😦 However, I will post a recipe quite soon!

      Thank you very much for your kind message,

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