Hello and thank you all for coming by BoFN for the Funny Names in Food Edition! Today we meet a lady who has a funny name and loads of culinary talent. She bakes up terrifically terrific pastries and has written multiple cookbooks, all of which sit on my shelf and are read repeatedly for her fantastic voice–a crazy combination of sass, spunk, snark, and smarts–as well as amazing recipes. What’s more, she appears on TV and her work is found in magazines everywhere. Who could she be?
I’d like to introduce you to the lovely Gesine Bullock-Prado. Sounds familiar, you say? You know you’ve heard at least part of that name before? Just so happens that German-born Bullock-Prado (whose mother, Helga D. Meyer, was a German opera singer) is younger sister to actress Sandra Bullock.
Gesine co-founded Fortis Films with sister Sandra in 1995. As lawyer and VP, she helped produce cinema classics such as Armed and Fabulous, Miss Congeniality 2, and Gun Shy. Should you be a fan of Practical Magic or The George Lopez Show, you have Bullock-Prado to thank as she was behind their development. (What’s that? You’re thinking this sounds a bit like an amb post right now what with all the movies? Where’s the food? Sit tight, dear readers, we’re almost there.)
In 2004, Gesine quit Hollywood and along with husband, Raymond, left for rural Vermont to open a bakery. Her pastry shop, Gesine Confectionery, achieved national fame before she closed its doors in 2008 to focus on writing. Vermont’s loss is the world’s gain as My Life from Scratch: Confections of a Closet Master Baker, Sugar Baby, Pie It Forward, and Bake It Like You Mean It are delightfully fun reads.
Bullock-Prado is contributing food editor for Runner’s World Magazine, a most excellent fit as she’s a marathon runner, and her recipes appear in popular mags such as Ladies Home Journal, Shape, and People. Younger Bullock must sleep very little as she’s also been seen on fun and fab television such as Rachel Ray, Today, Chelsea Lately, and The Talk. Bullock-Prado has her own creative—if a bit spooky—website that links to her multiple blogs and also teaches at King Arthur Flour’s Baking Education Center, the Holy Grail of all things baking.
While Sandra may get most of the publicity in the Bullock family, today we salute her younger sister for all she’s contributed to the world of sweets. Bullock-Prado can whip up a batch of authentically Parisian macarons, run a marathon, open a pastry shop, write cookbooks, appear on television, and serve on the faculty of a nationally renowned cooking school. All of this on top of previously having been a lawyer and vice-pres of a movie production company.
Thank you Gesine Bullock-Prado for following your passion for baking, without which the world could not enjoy your laugh-out-loud funny books and fabulous recipes for sweets such as Candy Corn, Meyer Lemon Pudding Pie, Chocolate Fleur de Sel Caramel Tart, and Zwetschgendastchi (Bavarian Plum Cake).
(Liz is a humble Minnesotan who sometimes forgets to attribute herself for her own posts, which is why I have to do it. She writes fun and foody things for food for fun and spends her spare time exchanging messages with famed cookbook author Crescent Dragonwagon. – Dave)
(Ed. Note: Yes, folks, Liz is a Minnesotan and so maybe more humble than some. (though I don’t think so) But Liz was also up late last night writing, etc, and it occurred to her at 2 a.m. when she finally crawled into bed that she had forgotten to link her BoFN post to her blog. Was going to correct that today, but forgot again. Ah well–you saved me the trouble and made me look even better. Thanks, Dave!)