Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray

February 14, 2012

The book, Eat Cake, arrived in the mail the other day, sent by guests of our’s, and I was eager to prop up my feet for several hours and digest it. But it was too late at night, and it has had to wait. But I read enough that evening to know that I wanted more, and that I could hardly wait till time allowed. Here’s a bit for you to bite into also:

Cakes have gotten a bad rap. People equate virtue with turning down dessert. There is always one person at the table who holds up her hand when I serve the cake. No, really, I couldn’t, she says, and then gives her flat stomach a conspiratorial little pat. Everyone who is pressing a fork into that first tender layer looks at the person who declined the plate, and they all think, That person is better than I am. That person has discipline. But that isn’t a person with discipline, that is a person who has completely lost touch with joy. A slice of cake never made anybody fat. You don’t eat the whole cake. You don’t eat a cake every day of your life. You take the cake when it is offered because the cake is delicious. You have a slice of cake and what it reminds you of is someplace that’s safe, uncomplicated, without stress. A cake is a party, a birthday, a wedding. A cake is what’s served on the happiest days of your life.

Now those are wonderful words. And if those weren’t enough to whet my appetite for more, then this sentence would be:

This is a story of how my life was saved by cake, so, of course, if sides are to be taken, I will always take the side of cake….
pp 2-3, Eat Cake

Bon appetit!



  1. Barbara Gorrow says:

    Ray could not have expressed my sentiments more perfectly. Now, I have to get my hands on this book…and a slice of cake.

  2. admin says:

    Which recipes have you made so far, Barbara??

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