The Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest is the most competitive cooking and baking contest in the United States. Home cooks have a fraction of a chance of becoming one of the lucky finalists who compete for prizes that have totaled millions of dollars since the competition began in 1949.
Smart Cookies: How Home Cooks Became Finalists in the Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest tells the stories of 27 people who beat the odds, most of them more than once. In conversations with author Mary Beth Protomastro, the finalists explain how they came up with their ideas, how they increased their chances of winning, and why the best prize turned out not to be the money after all.
IN THEIR WORDS
“Perseverance does eventually pay off!”
Mary Hawkes, who tried to get into the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest for nearly 30 years—and then was accepted three times in a row
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