The Baker's Apprentice by Judi Hendricks Orion, HK$112 Another writer with a culinary bent is Judi Hendricks, who follows her first novel, Bread Alone (2001), with The Baker's Apprentice. The protagonist, Wynter Morrison, is now not only working as a baker at the Queen Street Bakery in Seattle but is also a partner in the business, which means she has to juggle early starts, added responsibility, romance and the countless unpredictable things that visit her busy divorced life. That includes the spiteful shop assistant who becomes her apprentice, despite a shady record; and a boyfriend, Mac, who takes off one day without warning. Then there's the bakery itself, which comes under threat. Hendricks, whose love of baking is obvious, has come up with a satisfying sequel, although parts require too lengthy a chew. The writing is also accomplished, but, especially in the romantic bits, lacking crunch. Still, for readers who swoon at the thought of bread fresh from the oven, this should be a treat. As Easy Living magazine said, the descriptions are such that 'even the most ardent Atkins dieter will relent'.