Marian Keyes’ new baking book has the wit we expect from her chick lit with creative recipes as gorgeous as the Cath Kidston fabrics in the pictures. Watch out Rachel Allen – there’s a new Irish baker in town!
Does cake make you happy? I’ve certainly noticed peoples eyes’ light up when I tell them what I do, the discussion of home made cakes, cookies and biscuits would appear to be a universally accepted topic of conversation akin to the weather or X Factor.
Now Marian Keyes you may be more familiar with as the writer of chunky page turning novels like Sushi for Beginners and Rachel’s Holiday. If you’ve read her autobiographical short writings in Under the Duvet, you’ll also know that she’s a lady who’s met a few demons in her life.
Saved by Cake is a treatise to baking yourself happier with whisks and spatulas and the warm glow from the oven. Whilst no-one is claiming any scientific evidence for baking conquering mental illness, focussing on a short term creative project is a kind of therapy most of us can relate to.
This is a stunningly pretty book featuring 80 baking recipes. Chapters include classics, cupcakes, pastry, chocolate, meringue and macaroons all introduced in Marian’s familiar chatty style. Expertly styled, stamped with personality graphics and stuffed with recipes like Fridge Set Honeycomb Cheesecake, Slightly Sinister Star Anise Cupcakes (!) and Puff Pastry Pineapple “Tarte Tatin”.
Marian’s publisher has been kind enough to let me share with you one of her divine cheesecake recipes which I will share with you in the next week along with a more detailed review.
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