Who Scooped My Bagel?:
One Woman's Story of Love, Loss and Success

by Mary Beall Adler

Advantage, Charleston, South Carolina, 2013. ISBN 978-1-599-32382-4.
Reviewed by Diana Nolan
Posted on 11/08/2013

Nonfiction: Memoir

If you haven't read Who Scooped My Bagel?, grab a copy, settle in with a bagel from your local bakery, and indulge. Author Mary Beall Adler writes about her work, her family, her children, her struggles, and her bagels.

Mary's passion for bagels asserts itself when she begins making and selling dozens of bagels to students in the law school where she was a student herself. Soon, her law school comrades were calling her "The Bagel Lady."

She meets her first husband in a bagel shop in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington D.C. Little does she dream that she will ultimately become the proprietor of her own shop in Bethesda. Mary describes the routine her team carries out on a normal day, "Someone comes in at 1:00 a.m. to turn on the equipment. That means lighting the fire in the oven, lighting the flame for the kettle, and switching on the other machinery. It takes about twenty minutes to get the water boiling in the kettle and twenty-five to thirty minutes for the oven to reach the right temperature. Then the process of baking begins."

There is much more to Mary's journey. She writes, "Today, my office is a garden table with an emerald-green umbrella that sits in front of the bagel shop. A distracting yet heartwarming aspect of this spot is the smell of bagels that reaches me each time the door swings open. I am so connected to my business that it is as if the rhythm of the swinging door matches my heartbeat." The fourteen chapters of the book include "The Warmth of a Bagel Bakery," "Picking up the Pieces," "Covered in Dough," and more.

Mary's clients have included people who work at the White House, as well as politicians, celebrities, and high-end caterers. Bagels are in a class by themselves.

Mary Beall Adler is an entrepreneur, mother, wife, and owner of Georgetown Bagelry in Bethesda, MD, she holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland. Visit her website and the Georgetown Bagelry website.

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