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Susan G. Purdy


Susan G. Purdy is the prize-winning author and illustrator of the unique high altitude baking book, Pie in the Sky. An authority on high altitude baking, Purdy perfected her recipes during a five-year period of intense research while living, and baking, on mountaintops from North Carolina to Colorado.

Purdy won the IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Award for her groundbreaking work in Have Your Cake & Eat It, Too. Her next book, Let Them Eat Cake, was nominated for a James Beard Award. Altogether, she is the author of thirty books, twelve in the field of pastry and baking, including: The Perfect Cake, The Perfect Pie, The Family Baker, A Piece of Cake, and As Easy As Pie. 

Purdy conducts pastry-baking workshops across the United States and in France, is a food consultant, and teaches recipe-writing and culinary journalism in the Professional Chefs Program at the Cambridge Massachusetts School of Culinary Arts. Because of her work with diet and health, she has developed special culinary programs for Philadelphia's Hahnemann Hospital, Cleveland's University Hospital Synergy Culinary Program, and St. Vincent-Carmel Hospital in Carmel, Indiana. 

We were led to this high-altitude professional by our friends Arch and Shirley. Susan Purdy literally went to great heights to ensure that the high-altitude cakes in the 75th Anniversary edition are not only delicious, but doable at every elevation. Her attention to detail, and her willingness to provide her recipe and instructions for the Gingerbread House (at the final hour) make her a friend of the sweetest kind.