The Bakery of Wonders (El obrador de los prodigios)

A love letter to the legendary bakery and its city, Barcelona.

Mateu Serra is a boy who decides to leave his hometown, Lérida, to go in the search of his brothers to Barcelona. He finds one of them, Antón, working in a bakery. Years later, Mateu will start up his own bakery, together with his wife. At the Barcelona Universal Exhibition work is so overwhelming that they decide to hire Antonio Escribà. Antonio becomes very famous thanks to his cakes and, when the couple retire, he will inherit the business and rename it as Escribà, becoming a reference in the city.

Alba works as a cook in a company but she always dreamed of having her own bakery. Every time she sees the name Escribà, she dreams of working there. She manages to do so. At the beginning, she is employed as a shop assistant and, after showing her great skills, as a cook assistant.

Alba is extremely happy, she does not suffer from insomnia anymore, and she is right where she wants to be. Later on, she opens her own business. However, some family and love complications will not allow her to enjoy fully her best professional moment.

The story will take us through different periods of 20th Century in Barcelona, starting at the end of the 19th Century. From the first bakery of Mateu until the first of the Escribà, the crisis during the Civil War, which split families, until the techniques and creativity perfection when big pastry-making figures appear. Being a woman in the bakery world will become an obstacle for Alba, at the same time that the love triangle she finds herself in and her biological mother showing up will also mark her life deeply.


RELEVANT DATA: Based on the real story of the legendary bakery Escribà, which started in 1906 on Gran Vía in Barcelona, and became a part of the history of the city. Christian Escribà, one of the authors, is a prestigious pastry chef who has been praised by Ferran Adrià –considered the best chef in the world-. He belongs to the fourth generation of Escribà family. He has developed his culinary career between Paris and Barcelona, and his creations have been sold in 16 countries.

Sílvia Tarragó is a Spanish writer and bookseller. She has published novels for adults and teenagers, poetry and short stories.


What the critics have said:

“With the delicacy of a sweet fritter and the sweetness of the meringue, in ‘The bakery of wonders we will step into the history of Spain, of Barcelona and of the Escribà bakery during the last century” –

“A novel about history and cuisine, commitment and effort, a love story for pastry making and for Barcelona”.


AUDIOVISUAL POTENTIAL: TV series, Film, TV Movie, Miniserie.

AVAILABLE LANGUAGES: Spanish, Catalan, German, Rumanian.

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