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Violet Bakery's Claire Ptak on her new cookbook, working at Chez Panisse and England's 'cake people'

Violet Bakery's Claire Ptak on her new cookbook, working at Chez Panisse and England's 'cake people'

Showing a third-trimester fullness, her light hair still wet from the shower, Claire Ptak, 41, sat in the top floor seating area of her tiny Violet Bakery in East London on a late December morning as the fragrance of what was cooking in her downstairs open kitchen floated up a narrow staircase, like an olfactory tour of Ptak’s newest, fourth and best-known cookbook, “The Violet Bakery Cookbook” (Ten Speed Press).

Filled with recipes that are not quite British, not quite American, that call for organic everything, alternative flours, seasonal produce...

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