"There are many shrewd observations here, particularly those that link the evolving elaborateness of the wedding cakes to the growing commercialization of private ceremonies . . . Charsley is also enlightening on the way the ritual of cake-cutting reflects the changing role of women in marriage."
From the Back Cover
The wedding cake is one of the most extraordinary of the familiar objects of the western world. In this unique contribution to the anthropology of food, Simon Charsley traces its fascinating history, from late medieval feasts and rites, through the Victorian wedding breakfast and into the present. He shows that the wedding cake provides a vivid illustration of the traditions and traditional values inherent in all food and demonstrates the part that material culture plays in the process of change.