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Victorian Cakes Hardcover – May, 1986
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What was most tasty to me, though, was the writing, itself. Caroline is a spunky - if sturdy - girl who absolutely looooooves the baked treasures made by her family and friends, and that appreciation for the food, the effort, the ... caring .... comes through. And as each recipe is offered in the context of real life, with stories of when such wonderful cakes were served, there is such a sweet sense of her home and the life she lives with those she loves. From our enlightened times, we might look back at Father's sternness and holiday morose-ness with a swift analysis of his lingering grief or Victorian patriarchy, or at Mother with a frustration with the female subservience of the time. Really, though, they are portrayed as people. Just people. Versions of whom we can easily recognize in our own lives.
OK, not to turn this little confection of a book into a psychological study, but it's a nice value-add that bakers (who I happen to think are almost always wired for hospitality and eagerness to comfort wounded spirits with baked joy)can have a good read about their favorite culinary art and get some human narrative to feed the soul.
Can you tell I cherish my little paperback copy of this cool little book?!