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From “The School of Essential Ingredients”, by Erica Bauermeister.

“I remember my wedding cake,” said Claire. “I was so hungry––we hadn’t eaten all day. Here was this incredible cake––layers of chocolate and whipped cream and all these curlicues of thick, smooth frosting––and they kept making us pose for pictures. I told my husband I was starving, and he took a fork and just stuck it in the side of the cake and fed me a bite. My mother and the photographer were furious, but I always tell James that was the moment when I married him.”

There’s a great scene here, not just this story, where various members of a newly formed cooking class tell their stories of cake. If you like stories that remind you to stop and smell the lemons, read this book.


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