This lovely, can't-put-it-down book is a history book, a well-written tale of the lives of women and families in American, all told through the cakes they baked. Anne Byrn has written a masterpiece in American Cake. She weaves tales of cake pans, presidents, pioneer hardship, and high society together with gorgeous pictures, fabulous recipes, and a healthy serving of humor as well.
The only thing that could make it better would be glorious photographs of the cakes themselves. Oh! She has put that in too! I had to limit what I showed you - after all, that wouldn't be fair! - but you can see more at the author's info page, including a cute video that will further intrigue you!
If I had a high school student and we were going to work our way through American history and/or American literature this next year, I would DEFINITELY get this book. We would work our way through this book in conjunction with our studies. It would be art, home economics, and so - SO - much fun.
Now, in the movie Julie & Julia, a woman sets out to cook her way through Julia Child's cookbook. I don't think you could do that with American Cake. You just have to choose. Or - cook them all and give away CAKE right and left - your social circle would be gloriously happy with you!
I had not had my copy of this cookbook for thirty minutes before I was recommending it.
Not all Rigor is Mortis! (especially with THIS recommendation!)