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Saved by Cake [Hardcover]

Marian Keyes
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Book Description

16 Feb 2012

Learn to bake with Britain's favourite women's fiction author, Marian Keyes - author of Watermelon and Anybody Out There - in her startlingly honest cook-book Saved by Cake.

Saved by Cake gives an extremely honest account of Marian Keyes' recent battle with depression, and how baking has helped her. A complete novice in the kitchen, Marian decided to bake a cake for a friend and that was it - she realized that baking was what she needed to do in order to get her through each day. And so she baked, and she wrote her recipes down, and little by little the depression started to lift, along with her sponges...

With chapters on cupcakes, cheesecakes, meringues and macaroons, chocolate cakes, fruit cakes and favourite classics, Marian's recipes are aimed firmly at beginner bakers, offering hints and tips to help along the way. Never patronizing, always honest and witty, accessible and full of fun, the bakes and cakes that Marian serves up in this cookbook will put a smile on your face and make you happy. From her Consistently Reliable Cupcakes and Very Chocolately Macaroons, to the ease of her Fridge-set Honeycomb Cheesecake, you will want to have a go at making all of Marian's recipes. The shoe and handbag biscuits particularly. Very covetable. Very Marian.

'Medically speaking, there is no such thing as a nervous breakdown. Which is very annoying to discover when you're right in the middle of one. Whatever was going on with me, I had to wait it out. I had to find ways of passing the time until I was restored to myself again. So I baked a cake - a chocolate cheesecake, as it happens. And I enjoyed making it so much that I baked another. And another' Marian Keyes.

Marian Keyes is the international bestselling author of Watermelon, Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story and This Charming Man. Her two collections of journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (16 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071815889X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718158897
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marian Keyes' international bestselling novels include Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There and This Charming Man. Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.

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About the Author

Marian Keyes is the UK's most popular writer of women's fiction. Her international bestselling novels include Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man and The Brightest Star in the Sky. Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly moving - incredibly fun 26 Feb 2012
By LD
Format:Hardcover
I'm a huge fan of Marian Keyes and was delighted and intrigued to hear about this book - so of course I bought it at the first opportunity. It is a beautiful book - beautifully laid out with gorgeous photographs, quirky fonts, delightful pastel colours.
I'm very much a novice baker so was curious as to what would be within my capability. The first page I opened was for Strawberry cupcakes - which we made and which lasted all of about an hour before they were gone.
We (my daughter and I) have also made the carrot cake cupcakes and they are also gorgeous and the recipes are easy to follow, fool proof and accompanied with lovely, funny asides. (La Keyes does not like walnuts... not at all..)
Aside from that, the introduction is a powerful and honest acount of depression - the kind of honesty, humour and turn of phrase we love so much from Marian both in her novels and her previous non-fictions works (Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet). The intro is hard reading in places - so perhaps be warned about that if you are feeling a little depressed yourself - but is a very important insight into this crippling condition.
I'm delighted to see Marian back - although my waistline might not agree.
Briliant, lovely, honest and moving.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 20 Feb 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love this book. Asthetically the book's a winner, it is beautifully presented and unlike some other cake/baking books currently topping the charts, the recipes are accompanied by some fantastic photos (so you know what you're aiming for if you're a novice cake baker like me!).
I'm already a big fan of Marian Keyes. I've read some of her novels but what I've always loved about Marian, mainly from watching her on TV / listening to interviews with her, is her honesty, her incredible perceptiveness (about life and love!) and particularly, her wonderfully witty take on life. It's a bonus then that despite essentially being a book about baking cakes, Marian still manages to stamp her trademark 'style' on it which will keep you smiling throughout.
Having now tried some of the recipes out, albeit some of the simple cupcake recipes, I can happily confirm that they work (nothing 'B-List' about the chocolate cupcakes - they're stunning!). My other half has even attempted the rock cakes and they were lovely. I can't wait to get stuck into some of the others recipes - the Snickers cheesecake HAS to be attempted (and I won't be giving all away to blokes that's for sure!)
I hadn't realised that Marian suffers with depression. I do too and it's a curse. I've found myself getting stuck into her recipes when I've felt a bit rough and you know what? It works for me too.
But at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter whether you fight this little demon off on a regular basis or you don't suffer with depression at all, it's still a wonderful book and you'll turn out some gorgeous cakes.
Enjoy!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars wobble wobble palette knife 10 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover
i hardly ever buy brand new cookbooks, but i made an exception today. marian keyes' 'saved by cake: 80 ways to bake yourself happy' was selling at half the recommended retail price.

i must confess that i'm not a fan of the genre of fiction she's known for, but i did want to read about how baking has helped her cope with severe depression and alcoholism. describing what it was like when she was at her very worst, she writes, 'i couldn't sleep; i couldn't breathe; i couldn't eat; i couldn't read.' she'd tried anti-depressants, cbt, and acupuncture - all to no avail. but then, she discovered baking.

the book is really geared toward beginners, and marian freely admits that she's a novice when it comes to baking, but there's something really refreshing about her honesty and willingness to get stuck in and have a go. you don't feel at all daunted as you flick through the first few recipes, as many of them are basic and familiar. another plus is that many of her ingredients lists are short, sometimes no more than 5 items, so there's no need to rush off to the supermarket in a frenzy, hunting for and hoping to find some extra special ingredient, unless you want to, of course. save that for the more creative recipes as you progress through the book.

for bakers who don't do 'run-of-the-mill', she has included some rather more advanced and adventurous flavour combinations: wasabi & white chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel icing, upside-down saffron, mint & pomegranate cheesecake, lavender & white chocolate cheesecake, rosewater & coconut cheesecake, and 'slightly sinister star anise cupcakes'.

personally, i applaud her creativity and 'can-do' approach. she explains how life became a case of 'bake or break: i can kill myself or i can make cupcakes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Baking 19 May 2012
By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Five stars for the beautifully presented book, five stars for the humour and five stars for the honesty.

Marian Keyes has long been a favourite author of mine, she is funny, down to earth and real. Her novels are fun reads, yet cover some real social issues. Her writing is engaging and from the heart, it is so apparent that her characters are created with great passion and are often drawn from her own experiences.
I was sad when I found out that Marian was sick, her regular newsletters are a welcome ray of sunshine and I missed them whilst she was away. I was delighted to hear that she was on the mend and that she would be publishing a cookery book.

After books, food is my passion. I love to cook although baking is not a speciality of mine. However, the feel and the look of this book enticed me to buy it. I'm delighted that I did.

It's glossy and pink and cheerful and Marian has written her recipes with her trademark style and humour. It made me cry - the honesty in her writing is astounding. She tells of her illness, how she has felt, how she is feeling and how she expects to feel in the future.

The recipes are wonderful - easy to follow, glorious photographs and very tasty too. I've tried a few, my husband loves the Snickers Cheesecake - it's a real hit.
A beautiful book to have on my cookery shelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully presented.
Marian Keyes is one of my favourite authors, as she hasn't released any fiction books for some time I bought this on impulse. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jenifer Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Cakes from the easy peasy to the more complex
So far only made one of the cupcake recepies but there are lots to make in this book to keep you interested without resorting to the wierd and wonderful! Read more
Published 11 days ago by salari
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good condition. The book was really good a cook book with a story with the recipes.
Published 22 days ago by MS JULIE WEST
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly missed my bus stop!
I love baking and also love Marian Keyes books so this book couldnt help but be bought. I received it yesterday and actually took it to bed to read and then read it on the bus to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by willowtree
5.0 out of 5 stars Failsafe and delicious, even for a newbie baker!
Having never read anything from Marian Keyes, I found I really enjoyed the style of this book. I thought that she came across as friendly, modest, honest and straightforward. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rebecca
4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Marian.
I've only just invested in this book and I wonder why it's taken me so long. I was interested to see how baking helped her. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved by cake,.Marian Keyes.
Fantastic book just what my daughter wanted for Christmas she will be so pleased that i have got this book.
Published 8 months ago by hooperj309
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not going to change your life.
Sorry Marian, but it's not. It is however a fantastic, fun book full of cake recipes. I've had so much fun reading them and trying to recreate the masterpieces shown in the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. Beth A. Gillard
5.0 out of 5 stars Marion gives you the oomph to have a go!
My daughter bought this for me Christmas. Marion talks frankly in the introduction about her struggles with depression, trying anything and everything, then the sun comes out when... Read more
Published 11 months ago by katrina_marina
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I love everything about this book. The recipes are clear and straightforward and Marion Keyes's notes are funny and helpful and very reassuring for nervous bakers like myself who... Read more
Published 11 months ago by A Watson
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