Cake

Cake

A Slice of History

Book - 2016
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Alysa Levene looks at cakes both ancient and modern, from the Fruit Cake, to the Pound Cake, from the ubiquitous birthday cake to the Angel Food Cake, all the way up to competitive baking shows on television and our modern obsession with macaroons and cup cakes. Along the way, she shows how cakes are so much more than just a delicious sugar hit, and reflects on how and why cakes became the food to eat in times of celebration. Cake reflects cultural differences, whether it is the changing role of women in the home, the expansion of global trade, and even advances in technology.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781605989273
1605989274
Branch Call Number: 641.86 LEVENE
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 24 cm

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PimaLib_NormS Sep 29, 2016

Okay, show of hands - who likes cake? With almost all precincts reporting, we can safely say that nearly everyone likes cake. And, why not? As a sugar delivery system comfort food, cake is hard to beat. Well, for those that have an interest in the history of food, Alysa Levene has written a fine cake biography entitled, “Cake : A Slice of History”. This could have been a very different kind of book, because let’s face it, a book about the history of cake sounds, well, frivolous. But, Levene never treats her subject as frivolous. She did her research and presented the material, just as any historian would. She did this without over-emphasizing the importance of cake, nor did she trivialize it. Doing serious work about the not-so-serious, is not an easy task. Levene’s success in threading that literary needle could lead one to say that she was able to have her cake, and eat it, too. If one were so inclined.

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