Vallery Lomas—a Silver Award Girl Scout, winner of The Great American Baking Show, and contributor to The New York Times and Food Network Magazine—has just released her first cookbook.
Though Vallery started her career as a lawyer, she realized that sweets are her true passion.
“Sometimes we get funneled down this path of what we studied in college,” she says. “But baking was something I wanted to try, even though baking with my mom and my grandmothers for the holidays was my only experience.”
Vallery learned a lot by leaving the legal profession to pursue her interests in the world of pastry.
“If there is something you have a passion for—something that you have a dream of doing, you don’t have to start with all your ducks in a row,” she says.
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