A Baker’s Year

People all over the country have made pilgrimages to Tara Jensen’s North Carolina Smoke Signals Bakery to get a glimpse of the master herself. An internet sensation with nearly 100,000 followers on Instagram, Jensen bakes the most exquisite bread using a wood-fired oven that she tends to with her own two hands. This work is not her job, it’s her life’s work. 

Jensen is finally giving her fans a chance to experience a year in the life at Smoke Signals Bakery in her debut, A BAKER’S YEAR (February 13, 2018). She teaches readers how to bake, build the perfect fire to cook with, and live a simple, satisfying life.


“Poetic , Personal & Profound… A Baker’s Year is an eternal and daily reminder to serve things we love in a place we love with those we love…. The name of Jensen’s bakery, Smoke Signals, is such a perfect metaphor to help us find and follow that smokey bread crumb trail of good intention and do something delicious with it…”
—Chris Bianco, James Beard Award winning chef-owner of Pizzeria Bianco and author of Bianco: Pizza, Pasta and Other Foods I Like

“Tara Jensen guides readers through the seasons at her Smoke Signals Bakery in Marshall, N.C., where she teaches workshops and bakes bread, deep-dish fruit pies, and pizzas with a wood-fired outdoor oven. Jensen’s Instagram account has attracted nearly 99,000 followers.”
Daniel Lefferts, Publishers Weekly