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Cakewalk A Memoir

ISBN-10: 0385342985
ISBN-13: 9780385342988
Edition: 2010
Authors: Kate Moses
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Description: From the author of the internationally acclaimedWintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plathcomes a funny, touching memoir of a crummy-and crumby-childhood. Growing up in the 1960s and rs"70s, Kate Moses was surrounded by sugar: Twinkies in the basement  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/11/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.298

From the author of the internationally acclaimedWintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plathcomes a funny, touching memoir of a crummy-and crumby-childhood. Growing up in the 1960s and rs"70s, Kate Moses was surrounded by sugar: Twinkies in the basement freezer, honey on the fried chicken, Baby Ruth bars in her fatherrs"s sock drawer. But sweetness of the more intangible variety was harder to come by. Her parents were disastrously mismatched, far too preoccupied with their mutual misery to notice its effects on their kids. A frustrated artist, Katers"s beautiful, capricious mother lived in a constant state of creative and marital emergency, enlisting Kate as her confidante-"Wers"re the girls, we have to stick together"-and instructing her three children to refer to her in public as their babysitter. Katers"s father was aloof, ambitious, and prone to blasts of withering abuse increasingly directed at the daughter who found herself standing between her embattled parents. Kate looked for comfort in the imaginary worlds of books and found refuge in the kitchen, where she taught herself to bake and entered the one realm where she was able to wield control. Telling her own story with the same lyricism, compassion, and eye for lush detail she brings to her fiction, coupled with the candor and humor she is known for in her personal essays, Kate Moses leavens each tale of her coming-of-age in Cakewalk with a recipe from her lifetime of confectionary obsession. There is the mysteriously erotic German Chocolate Cake implicated in a birds-and-bees speech when Kate was seven, the gingerbread people her mother baked for Christmas the year Kate officially realized she was fat, the chocolate chip cookies Kate used to curry favor during a hilariously gruesome adolescence, and the brownies she baked for her idol, the legendary M.F.K. Fisher, who pronounced them "delicious." Filled with the abundance and joy that were so lacking in Katers"s youth,Cakewalkis a wise, loving tribute to life in all its sweetness as well as its bitterness and, ultimately, a recipe for forgiveness.

Daniel Silva was born in Michigan in 1960. While pursuing a master's degree in international relations, he received a temporary job with United Press International to help cover the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Soon after, he left his graduate program to work full-time for United Press International. He worked in San Francisco and Washington, D. C. and as a Middle East correspondent in Cairo and the Persian Gulf. He was working at CNN when his first novel, The Unlikely Spy, was published. In 1997. He then left CNN to become a full-time author. His novels include The Fallen Angel, The English Girl, and other titles in the Gabriel Allon series. He won the Barry Award for Best Thriller for The Messenger in 2006. In 2014 he made The New York Times Best Seller List with The Heist.

Let Them Eat Cake
Plenty of Chocolate Cake with Mocha Frosting
Treats and Threats
Hills Family Sugar Cookie Cutouts
Family Fortune
Pa's Fudge
Faux Pa's Fudge
The Patron Saint of Lost Causes
Vanilla Birthday Cake with Lemon Curd and Simple Vanilla Buttercream
Diamonds at the Dump, Redux
Pink and White Animal Cookies
Camp Meeker
Blackberry Jam and Variations
Alligator Toes
Coconut Layer Cake
Petaluma Means Pets
It's-Its from Your Own Cow
Valley of the Moon
Peanut Butter Cookies
Centrifugal Force
Verboten German Chocolate Cake
Twilight
Strawberry Milkshake
Caramel Corn
Sugartown
Hills Family Christmas Gingerbread Cookies
Can This Marriage Be Saved?
Free-Form Crostatas with Crumble Topping
Bugged by Nixon
Panoramic Easter Eggs
Apart from That, How was The Play?
Jam Tarts
Pretend I'm The Babysitter
French Toast, Without the Penicillin
Anna Karenina
The Last Frontier
Moose Nugget Candy
Rhubarb
Rhubarb Crisp
Chocolate Chips for Weirdos
Absolutely Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
The German Club Picnic
German Pancake
We Think of the Key
Carrot Cupcakes
Brownies for Mr. Wilsey
Fudge Brownies Two (or More) Ways
Bon Voyage
Angel Food Cake
Sweetheart of Archania
Chocolate Truffles
Thunderbird Falls
Apprentice
Spiced Pecan Birthday Cake
A Gift
Linzer Torte
Make Believe
Strawberry Shortcake for My Mother
An Alphabet for Would-Be Gourmets
Persimmon Parfait, After M.F.K. Fisher, with Walnut-Black Pepper Biscotti
Being Geniuses Together
Kay Boyle's Pain au Chocolat Bread Pudding
Chrysalis
Alicia's Blondies
Intersections
Brown Sugar Pound Cake for the Artistically Discriminating
The Child Within You
My Father's Favorite Cheesecake
Epilogue: Cakewalk
Acknowledgments

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