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A hug in a cookbook,
This review is from: Saved by Cake (Hardcover)
Saved by Cake is as much about mental illness and depression as it is about the baking. It is a brave, honest and somewhat paradoxically upliftingaccount of depression by Marian Keyes, whose legions of fans adore her witty warm writing and believable characters, making her one of Britain and Ireland's most popular authors.
Marian discovered baking and found that the concentration required, the almost magical transformation from raw ingredients to a cake and subsequent deliciousness all helped. It has not "cured" her, but it helps. And baking helps me too - I get an inordinate amount of pleasure from feeding people - my poor guests are sometimes treated like foie gras ducks and geese when I am on a roll.
Saved by Cake contains 8o delicious recipes (all photographed); covering the basics to more esoteric numbers such as wasabi & white chocolate cupcakeswith salt caramel icing or balsamic, black pepper and chocolate cake or even sweetcorn, coconut and lime loaf.
The book is filled with Marian's warm and witty writing, who can fail to be charmed by instructions to "decorate pinkly" or a recipe for defibrillator cubes - with enough energy to bring a person back from the dead. There is even the three milks cake (AKA hug in a cake) for when you have a bad shock - such as a massive credit card bill after a shoe binge! I've made a note to make this for when my bill next arrives.
The book is perfect for a present, for the new or experienced baker, for someone who has no intention of baking but just loves Marian, or for someone who needs a hug in a book.