What thought kept going through my mind as I read Gesine Bullock-Prado’s memoir My Life from Scratch: A Sweet Journey of Starting Over, One Cake at a Time? It was this: bitter much?
Gesine is Sandra Bullock’s sister and former president of her production company. Unsatisfied with her career in Hollywood, she decides after having a sort of “waking dream” that she should be baking instead to bring happiness to others.
The memoir is sweet with memories of her love for sugar and her German and Southern families’ influence on her baking style. There are recipes included along with funny anecdotes about running a bakery. It is an inspiration to all of us who have ever dreamed of owning our own bakery.
But it is also full of bitterness about being considered Sandra Bullock’s less attractive sister, the “Sand-me-down” clothing, having to be the go-between for all the crazed fans, and the fact that no one can pronounce her name correctly (how about letting us know at the beginning of the book how to pronounce it so we don’t spend half the time saying it wrong in our heads, Ja-zeen?).
This is a story of someone trying to find herself, to break free from the shadow of a super-famous older sister and evolve into her own person. It just happens to be through baking that Gesine finds her way, and she puts it all on the table for us to read.