Cake: A Slice of History by Alysa Levene

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By Alysa Levene

If you will have questioned concerning the tales in the back of the brownies made at the nice British Bake Off or the adaptation among a Victoria sandwich and a sponge cake (especially if Mary Berry or Nigella Lawson isn't really to hand), this is often the ebook for you. Baking has continuously been approximately stories handed down via households and Alysa Levene will take you thru this compelling social background of baking.

'My sister had 3 marriage ceremony tarts. instead of spend some huge cash on a standard cake she requested our grandmother, our mom, and our step-mother to make their signature bakes. My grandmother made the wealthy fruit cake she regularly baked at Christmas. My mom made a chocolate sponge which we referred to as Queenie's Chocolate Cake after the nice aunt who gave her the recipe; it seemed at nearly each of our birthdays in a single guise or one other. and at last, my step-mother made chocolate tarts (Nigella Lawson's recipe, if you would like to know), whose sticky, pleasing unctuousness is totally defined by means of the volume of butter they comprise.

'In our relatives, as in lots of others, those known truffles are the makers of stories. My siblings and that i took this concept into our grownup lives, and now bake for our personal households. however it wasn't until eventually I built an curiosity within the background of nutrition that i began to consider the deeper importance of those tasty treats. What does cake suggest for various humans? How have we come to have the sort of large number of truffles? What needed to occur traditionally for them to seem? And what can they let us know in regards to the relations, and women's roles specifically? I wrote this ebook to determine the answers.'

What follows is a trip from King Alfred to our modern day love of cupcakes, through Queen Victoria's patriotic sandwich, the Southern States of the USA, slavery and the spice alternate, to the increase of the fame chef . . . and quite a bit more.

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