PHOTO: Ryan Szulc/HarperCollins Canada; Burnt Caramel and Sea Salt Sticky Buns from The Messy Baker by Charmian Christie.
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Originally published on January 27, 2015; National Post
Which cookie do you reach for first? Is it the most symmetrical one, or the disfigured one with the most chocolate chips? Embracing the imperfect in the kitchen is the backbone of writer Charmian Christie’s first cookbook, The Messy Baker (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2014). She is decidedly not in the fastidious camp of home bakers, preferring instead to celebrate the “messy art” of baking.