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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861896484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861896483
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'we never lose sight of contemporary Cambodia ... Freeman has a talent for intelligent integration of the past and present. --Times Higher Education

'Very well designed, beautifully illustrated, this volume gives us the past and present of one of the most unknown countries of Asia.'
--Japan Times

'I had been awaiting Nicola Humble's Cake: A Global History with as much anticipation as a warm Dundee cake coming out of the oven on a winter's afternoon. A mere 150 pages in length and the colour of creamed butter and sugar, this is the story of cake and its place in our history, its myths, legends and folklore . . . I have found it as difficult to put down as a slice of village-fête chocolate cake.' --Nigel Slater, The Observer

'This small book was a lot like a good slice of cake to me, because when I finished it I wished there were more.' --Times Higher Education

'I had been awaiting Nicola Humble's Cake: A Global History with as much anticipation as a warm Dundee cake coming out of the oven on a winter's afternoon. A mere 150 pages in length and the colour of creamed butter and sugar, this is the story of cake and its place in our history, its myths, legends and folklore . . . I have found it as difficult to put down as a slice of village-f�ête chocolate cake.' --Nigel Slater, The Observer

'This small book was a lot like a good slice of cake to me, because when I finished it I wished there were more.' --Times Higher Education

`These are food memoirs, salacious and exotic, colorful, powdered, sweet, greasy and globe-trotting . . . sharp and speedy little reads, spotted with off-kilter illustrations' --Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Nicola Humble is Professor of English Literature at Roehampton University. She is the author of Culinary Pleasures: Cook Books and the Transformation of British Food, as well as Victorian Heroines: Representations of Femininity in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Art.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By isabel in the kitchen on 1 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
When I read a piece about cakes recently by Nigel Slater in The Guardian giving one of his own recipes and one from this book and read that he was thoroughly enjoying this book I immediately wanted a copy too. Nigel Slater is a bit of a culinary hero of mine and I share his self-confessed obcession with cake. Like Nigel this is my preferred treat(apart from fruit) and one that I can very happily ignore hand-made chocolates for. Preferably, the cake has to be home-made, quite simple to make and look at and not sugar-packed. Just like Nigel's own cake recipes.

This is not actually Nigel's book but I do see what he likes about it. A slim, elegant volume with charming, whimsical essays on The History of Cakes, Cakes around the World, The Culture of Baking Cake, Rituals and Symbolism of Cake, Literary Cakes and PostModern Cakes and beautifully illustrated, this is a book to dip into or read from cover to cover as the fancy takes you.

There are a handful of excellent recipes at the end, some of which have already become part of my baking repertoire. My only complaint is that there weren't a lot more. I would to see Nicola Humble write a book of cake recipes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Ph on 30 Dec. 2013
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For anyone with an interest beyond baking this book is full of information. A nice gift for those interested in the field
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This book is everything I hoped it would be, comprehensive,well- researched and reliable. But this is no dry,academic tome. It has a subtle humour and is eminently readable. The book itself is a beautiful object. I have bought one for myself and am now buying extra copies for friends. I loved it.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Rogers on 13 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This was a present for my wife (1 copy) and my daughter (1 copy); the latter started her own cake making business. The contents of this book has given both of them 'food for thought'!
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