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Praise for Recipes for Redemption


2016 Finalist in International Cookbooks, International Book Awards

2015 Runner-Up in Cookbooks, London Book Festival

Recipes for Redemption is a pastiche of excerpts from Bumpus’s novel, her own experiences traveling through France, and recipes and advice adapted from some of her favorite French cookbooks…an interesting survey of traditional regional French cooking. Kirkus Reviews
They say, ‘give the people what they want’ and Bumpus has done so in Recipes for Redemption, supplying the recipes to the mouthwatering dishes that take center stage in her novel’s cross-France family drama. San Francisco Book Review
The stories remind me of my grandmother, who still lives in France, so I was impressed with the details in this book—especially the subject of simplicity and tradition. Carole uncovers the secrets of cooking joy, through both the French cooking styles and the cooks who prepared them.Jelena Grujovic, Executive Chef, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Melbourne, AUS
I could smell the pot au feu, savor the garlic butter of les escargots and anticipate the sweetness of the chantilly-filled crêpes. This charming book whisked me back to my beloved France. The recipes are clear and straightforward and because they’re provided in the characters dialog, I appreciated their rich, cultural connection. I’ve already invited friends over for a ‘Redemption’ dîner.Marianne C. Bohr, author of The Gap Year Girl: A Baby Boomer Adventure Across 21 Countries
Food is what sustains us—and Recipes for Redemption reminds us why each bite, in life, love and living, matters. Understanding ourselves is as precious as finding the recipe we took for granted and could not find until we reconnected with the people who are an integral part of our souls.Sandra Savage, Executive Chef and Writer
Luscious recipes for French peasant fare along with glorious evocations of French kitchens, dishes, landscapes, and lives. Sensuous and tantalizing…It will make you hunger, not just for making these dishes on your own, but for reading her novel as well.Judith Newton, UC Davis Professor Emerita and author of Tasting Home: Coming of Age in the Kitchen

Praise for A Cup Of Redemption


2016 IPPY Award Winner – Bronze – Fiction – Cover Design

2016 Honorable Mention – Paris Book Festival

2016 Finalist – International Book Awards

2015 Honorable Mention in fiction London Book Festival

Bumpus  manages time and again to strike at the emotional hearts of her characters…A robust, entrancing debut [novel].Kirkus Reviews, Indie Editor featured review
A Cup of Redemption is an enjoyable story about two friends — one French, the other American — in search of clues to important family secrets. Beautifully researched, this story brings to life three generations in France, including the havoc caused by World War II. A delicious tale of love, betrayal, grief and restoration.Harriet Scott Chessman, author of The Beauty of Ordinary Things
What Jung Chang’s Wild Swans did for China, Carole Bumpus has done for 20th century France – re-created the epic story of three generations of women, whose family secrets went undercover during the struggle for love and survival in times of war and political chaos.Elise Frances Miller, author of A Time to Cast Away Stones
A family mystery, a dash of history, an epic cast of characters and an enticing setting give A Cup of Redemption all the elements needed for a delightful ‘armchair travel’ read.Patricia V. Davis, author of Harlot's Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss, and Greece