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A Baker’s Year, by Tara Jensen


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“Poetic , Personal & Profound… A Baker’s Year is an eternal and daily reminder to serve things we love in a place we love with those we love…. The name of Jensen’s bakery, Smoke Signals, is such a perfect metaphor to help us find and follow that smokey bread crumb trail of good intention and do something delicious with it…”
—Chris Bianco, James Beard Award winning chef-owner of Pizzeria Bianco and author of Bianco: Pizza, Pasta and Other Foods I Like


“Tara Jensen guides readers through the seasons at her Smoke Signals Bakery in Marshall, N.C., where she teaches workshops and bakes bread, deep-dish fruit pies, and pizzas with a wood-fired outdoor oven. Jensen’s Instagram account has attracted nearly 99,000 followers.”

Daniel Lefferts, Publishers Weekly


People all over the country have made pilgrimages to Tara Jensen’s North Carolina Smoke Signals Bakery to get a glimpse of the master herself. An internet sensation with nearly 100,000 followers on Instagram, Jensen bakes the most exquisite bread using a wood-fired oven that she tends to with her own two hands. This work is not her job, it’s her life’s work.


Jensen is finally giving her fans a chance to experience a year in the life at Smoke Signals Bakery in her debut, A BAKER’S YEAR (February 13, 2018). She teaches readers how to bake, build the perfect fire to cook with, and live a simple, satisfying life.


A BAKER’S YEAR is not just any cookbook. In addition to recipes, Jenson gives readers advice, personal philosophies, photos, personal illustrations, and her magnetic personal narrative. Through her vulnerability, readers are taken month-by-month through the seasons for porridge and waffles in winter, crusty bread in spring, pies and pizza in the summer, and celebration cakes for the end-of-the-year holidays. Throughout the journey, Tara writes about how to live in a more peaceful world, shares stories from her own life, mourns romances lost, and celebrates the promise of a new relationship.

TARA JENSEN is an artist and baker living a solitary life at Smoke Signals, a wood fired bakery deep in the mountains of Western, North Carolina. Jensen baked her way through her twenties in professional settings around the country, keeping handwritten journals as she went. Baking has now become her personal practice, which she shares with students from around the world in workshops held at her home. When not teaching she spends her days chopping wood, mixing dough and studying the stars.

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