BR native describes going from practicing law to baker with release of new cookbook


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) Popular baking personality and lawyer turned baker Vallery Lomas was ecstatic when she learned she won the third season of The Great American Baking Show.

However, her win was never seen by the world—Vallery’s season was pulled after just a few episodes when one of the judges became a focal point in a Me Too accusation.

Rather than throwing in her whisk and lamenting all of the missed opportunities she hoped to receive (Book deal! Product endorsements! TV show!), she held her head high and hustled—which resulted in her getting press coverage everywhere from CNN to People magazine.

Now, Vallery debuts her first baking book. With 100 recipes for everything from Apple Cider Fritters to Lemon-Honey Madeleines and Crawfish Hand Pies to her Grandma’s Million Dollar Cake.

Lomas shares heirloom family recipes from her native Louisiana, time spent in Paris, The Great American Baking Show, and of course sweets and breads inspired by her adopted hometown, New York City.

Vallery graduated from USC with a degree in Psychology and French, and then I got her J.D. from USC Law School. She started a cooking blog her last year of law school, went on to practice law for 8 years, but decided to bet on herself and pursue her passion on making it as a full-time foodie.

Lomas’s “when life gives you lemons, make lemon curd” philosophy will empower legions of bakers and fans to find their inner warrior and bake their best life.

She describes this book as a love letter to her South Louisiana culture and women who gave her the fundamentals especially when in the kitchen.

You can find more information on her book and how to purchase on her Foodie In New York blog.

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