Let Me Eat Cake: A Celebration of Flour, Sugar, Butter, Eggs, Vanilla, Baking Powder, and a Pinch of Salt (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 14, 2009 - Cooking - 352 pages
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Few creations are more associated with joy or more symbolic of the sweet life than cake. After all, it is so much more than dessert.

As a book about cake would demand, this one is a multilayered, amply frosted, delicious concoction with a slice (or more) for everyone. Let Me Eat Cake is not a book about baking cake, but about eating it.

Author Leslie F. Miller embarks on a journey (not a journey cake, although it's in there) into the moist white underbelly of the cake world. She visits factories and local bakeries and wedding cake boutiques. She interviews famous chefs like Duff Goldman of Food Network's Ace of Cakes and less famous ones like Roland Winbeckler, who sculpts life-size human figures out of hundreds of pounds of pound cake and buttercream frosting. She takes decorating classes, shares recipes, and samples the best cakes and the worst.

The book is held together by the hero on a quest, one that traces cake history and tradition. If we were to bake a cake to celebrate the birth of cake (cake is an Old Norse word, first used around 1230), it is hard to say how many candles would go on top. Though the meaning of the word (originally "lump of something"), not to mention our expectations of its ingredients, has changed over time, we now celebrate cake as the coming together of flour, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, and a pinch of salt.

And what a celebration. Baking a cake is hard work, but tasting it is pure pleasure. So put on some elastic-waist pants and grab a fork.
  

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Review: Let Me Eat Cake: A Celebration of Flour, Sugar, Butter, Eggs, Vanilla, Baking Powder, and a Pinch of Salt

User Review  - Little - Goodreads

Ugh! Another horrible collection of essays. Tell you what, as blog posts, none of the chapters I read would have been terrible, but I still wouldn't subscribe. One chapter is literally a blow-by-blow ... Read full review

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I must read this book - it is about cake! Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Lure
7
Questce que cest Cake?
14
True Cake
22
If I Knew You Were Locked
28
Many Happy Returns of the Day Cake
35
Expensive Cakes
41
The Soul of a Jewish Grandmother
54
CakeLove Love
145
The Acing on the Cake
155
The Center of the Cake Universe
165
Its the Cakes Dummy
173
Meet the Contestants Duff Goldman
179
Meet the Contestants Jamie Williams
189
Big Apple Cakes
195
Remember the Cakes
206

Passing the Wooden Spoon
63
The Reigning Queen of Cake
70
Cake Cottage
83
Pound for Pound
91
Decorating Tips
103
Cake Wins
120
The Hierarchy of Cakes
129
The Bakeries Bakery
137
Partying Shots
214
Such Sweet Sorrow
220
Bunny Koppelman
233
Cake Clockwise
248
Cake Karma
275
Holy Cake Daze
285
Dessert
293
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Leslie F. Miller is a writer, graphic designer, photographer, mosaicist, mom, wife, daughter, and cake lover. She has written for such publications as Weight Watchers magazine, the Baltimore Sun, and Baltimore City Paper. She lives in Baltimore with her husband and daughter, where she tries to resist the constant urge to eat cake.

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