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Cake: A Global History (Edible)

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Be it a birthday or a wedding—let them eat cake. Encased in icing, crowned with candles, emblazoned with congratulatory words—cake is the ultimate food of celebration in many cultures around the world. But how did cake come to be the essential food marker of a significant occasion? In Cake: A Global History, Nicola Humble explores the meanings, legends, rituals, and symbolism attached to cake through the ages.

            Humble describes the many national differences in cake-making techniques, customs, and regional histories—from the French gâteau Paris-Brest, named for a cycle race and designed to imitate the form of a bicycle wheel, to the American Lady Baltimore cake, likely named for a fictional cake in a 1906 novel by Owen Wister. She also details the role of cake in literature, art, and film—including Miss Havishams imperishable wedding cake in Great Expectations and Marcel Prousts madeleine of memory—as well as the art and architecture of cake making itself.

Featuring a large selection of mouthwatering images, as well as many examples and recipes for some particularly unusual cakes, Cake will provide many sweet reasons for celebration.

About the Author

Nicola Humble is professor of English literature at Roehampton University.  She is the author of Culinary Pleasures: Cook Books and the Transformation of British Food, as well as Victorian Heroines: Representations of Femininity in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Art.

Table of Contents

Introduction: When is a Cake not a Cake?

1  Cakes through History

2  Cakes around the World

3  The Culture of Baking Cake

4  The Rituals and Symbolism of Cake

5  Literary Cakes

6  Postmodern Cakes

Recipes

References

Select Bibliography

Websites and Associations

Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861896483
Author:
Humble, Nicola
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
History
Subject:
Courses & Dishes - Cakes
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Cakes
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Reaktion Books - Edible
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 color plates, 20 halftones
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.75 x 4.75 in

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