As I began to read our current Cook the Books Club selection, The Baker's Daughter, by Sarah McCoy, I became more and more drawn into the story, both for its own sake, and then especially after remembering that my own mother was a German baker's daughter. Her father's father came from Germany in the latter part of the 19th century, migrating to Minnesota, and from there his son, her father, Charles Ulmen, moved his young family to California around 1910, where he opened a bakery, which morphed into a cookie factory.
I know they made a variety of cookies, at least one of them chocolate, based on an old family story of my uncle's raid on the bakery supplies. The little guy ate enough chocolate to make himself sick, and never wanted any more for the remainder of his life.
Previously my genealogical research had been confined to my father's side, so this was an encouragement to dig into my mother's history. Why did her grandfather leave his home in Europe, and exactly when. Lots more remains to be discovered.
This book was a fascinating tale of life in Germany during the World War II years, from one young girl's perspective, and all through it we are tempted by the descriptions of delicious breads and pastries in their family bakery. I was inspired to attempt them all. Which might just happen, eventually.