Let Me Eat Cake (Paperback)

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

By Leslie F. Miller

Simon & Schuster, 9781416588740, 352pp.

Publication Date: February 5, 2011

List Price: 21.99*
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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.

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

"Now you can have your cake and read it, too. Let Me Eat Cake is like going into group analysis for a sugar addiction with a dessert-obsessed friend. If Leslie Miller's wit and wisdom are the cure, I can't wait for the next session." -- Alan Richardson, author of Hello, Cupcake!

"Let Me Eat Cake is a fun-loving romp through the joyous world of cake." -- Jennifer Appel, author of The Buttercup Bake Shop Cookbook and Buttercup Bakes at Home

"Leslie F. Miller's Let Me Eat Cake is both a gluttonous frolic and a super-sweet love story. Honestly, I've never had so much fun around the subject of cake without actually eating a slice." -- Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire

"Leslie Miller blends memoir, lore and journalism in her humorous and peripatetic exploration of the sweet (and frosted) stuff that so many find irresistible....A light, sweet, and entertaining tribute to all things cake." -- ShelfAwareness.com