I love to read. There's nothing more exciting than being sucked into the lives of people on the pages of a compelling book. So I've decided to share some of my favorites here from time to time.
First up is a book called "Eat Cake," by Jeanne Ray. Published in 2004, it's out in paperback. If I had to describe this book in one word, I would say "sweet," and not just because there are cake recipes in the back. It tells the story of Ruth, a somewhat compulsive baker, who has come to the most trying time in her life. Her household, which includes a moody teen-aged daughter and cantankerous mother, is turned upside down when her husband loses his job and her estranged father (divorced from her mother) severely injures himself and asks to move in. Ruth deals with the stress by baking cakes, which the author Jeanne Ray describes in utmost delicious detail. When the house is in complete chaos, Ruth loses herself in her recipes and eventually finds a way to solve her family's problems. Mix in a lot of humor and warmth, and this book is definitely a recipe for the best kind of comfort food.
I have given this book as a gift several times, and everyone loves it. Ray's other books are just as good, with real characters that are so easy to relate to. So check out "Eat Cake," and when you've finished and want more - try "Julie and Romeo" and "Step-Ball-Change."