Let Me Eat Cake

Let Me Eat Cake

A Celebration of Flour, Sugar, Butter, Eggs, Vanilla, Baking Powder, and A Pinch of Salt

Book - 2009
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Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2009
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416588733
1416588736
Branch Call Number: 641.8653 M6158L 2009
Characteristics: xviii, 323 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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vickiz
Sep 29, 2013

In Let Me Eat Cake, Leslie F. Miller has an entertaining idea: coupling historical and contemporary/pop culture views and even some technical insights into this culinary delight with her personal reflections, reminiscences and engagement verging on obsession with the subject matter. The tone is amiable if a bit self-inflating, even where it intends to be self-deprecating. Unfortunately, the overall approach is uneven and long-winded.

Interesting factoids are scattered throughout, like a cake with baked-in trinkets, but the filler in between will put off all but the most stalwart readers long before the end … and occasionally you just might chomp down on something that might put you off, like the extended prattle about in-fighting amongst competitive bakers. Intentional or not, some of the asides about eating that which is forbidden and how that relates to body image hint at a more intriguing theme below the surface.

The whole at times too-packed-with-rich-ingredients read is almost redeemed by Miller's observations towards the end of the book about food preparation as an act of love. However, you might not make it to that genuinely sweet conclusion because of the overstuffed and sometimes cloying material that precedes it.

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Sep 29, 2013

Tell me I’m beautiful, and that’s nice of you (I don’t believe you, but it’s nice). Tell me I’m funny, and I thank you, though you state the obvious. But tell me I’m a good cook, that you love my meat loaf and my lemon layer cake, and you are loving me. Food is love.

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