Master the art of “doing nothing” in the most delicious way possible with this enticing collection of 100 recipes that are ideal for avoiding laundry, emails, cleaning the house, and well, everything else that wants your attention.
Sometimes you need to take a mini vacation from the demands of daily life, and the kitchen is the best space for it. How can you return those emails when there’s dough on your hands? It would be counterproductive to handle clean laundry after dipping chocolates all afternoon, right? It’s no coincidence that apple season coincides with tax time (for us extension filers, of course)—the universe is sending you a very clear message.
Pastry chef and beloved blogger Erin Gardner provides the ultimate guide to procrastibaking with pride and purpose in this inspired collection of 100 recipes, from easy one-hour projects to weekend affairs. From Case-Of-The-Mondays Morning Treats, to Late-For-Everything Loaf Cakes and Fear-Of-Success Snack Cakes, this book has a chapter for every procrastibaking need, and recipes to satisfy any craving for distraction. Not feeling that work project? Work on some Peanut Butter S’more Bars instead. Term paper due tomorrow? Making some No-Bake Cookies-n-Cream Pie will get the creative juices flowing. Does your mother-in-law have you channeling Scrooge? This calls for a procrasti-masterpiece, like a Gingerbread House...from Scratch.
So don’t be ashamed. Put down the laundry basket. Ignore the emails.
Erin Gardner is a baking and cake design instructor, the creator of ErinBakes.com, and author of Erin Bakes Cake. Erin worked as a pastry chef in numerous New England kitchens, including Boston’s legendary Locke Ober, before opening Wild Orchid Baking Co. She quickly became the go-to cake designer for premiere events, competing on and winning Food Network’s Sweet Genius. Erin was named one of the best wedding cake makers in the country by both Martha Stewart Weddings magazine and Brides. Her work has been featured in media outlets including: Oprah.com, Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, Town & Country, OK Magazine, HuffPost, HGTV’s DIY Network, and more. When she’s not talking about cake, you can find her exploring the New Hampshire seacoast and lakes regions with her husband and two children.
“Kudos to Erin for cracking the code. She sees us all—especially me! Procrastibaking should be my middle name! Whether I’m avoiding a deadline or refusing to look at my inbox, Erin’s got me covered. She makes putting off being an adult much more enjoyable—and delicious!”
– Kristen Tomlan, founder and CEO of DO, Cookie Dough Confections, and author of Hello, Cookie Dough
“Erin Gardner is not only a wildly talented—dare I say—genius cake decorator and baker, but she is also straight-up hilarious and whip-smart, to boot. Procrastibaking is the sweetest and funniest of vehicles in which Erin’s baking expertise and humor truly shine.”
– Jessie Sheehan, author The Vintage Baker
“Procrastinating is bad, but if you procrastibake, you end up with something wonderful and delicious because you weren’t actually ‘procrastinating’—you were doing something productive. Thanks to this book, I have a whole bunch of amazing recipes that can help me rationalize my poor decisions. Erin Gardner is nothing short of a hero.”
– Allison Robicelli, James Beard Award–nominated food writer and author of Robicelli’s: A Love Story, With Cupakes
“We have to cook, but we get to bake. Erin’s book illustrates this so beautifully as she celebrates the power of baking to take us out of the chaos in our heads and replace it with the calm that comes with working with your hands. Baking is a welcome escape during life’s craziest times, especially when you can use Erin’s recipes in the kitchen.”