And so she baked, and she wrote her recipes down, and little by little the depression started to lift, along with her sponges. And what a beautiful and courageous idea to document how baking helped you overcome depression in the hope that it may help others as well. A genuinely lovely book - and oh, do those desserts look good. Marian Keyes has a great 'voice' as a writer and that is evident in this work. Saved By Cake is a dose of pure Marian. A number of her books have been translated into as many as 32 foreign languages. And her twitter feed is hilarious! Imagine having a single searchable index of all your recipes — both digital and print! These days, whenever I try to bake something, it's an inevitable flop.
After all, the cookbook featured baked goods my purview! I'm doing this gluten free - not by choice - and I'm still experimenting to get pastry right. And apparently anything — anything — could make the cake flop. It is not an all encompassing baking manual, although it does include lots of useful tips and instructions aimed at beginners. I browsed my grandmother's cookbooks and made lemonade cakes, and ended up bringing one back home. I won't spoil her lovely revelation, but I wish I were lucky enough to be her neighbor when she goes on a baking binge. Initially, Rachel seems to be hopeful thinking that she will be a joyful time with spa treatments.
If you are new here, you may want to learn a little more about how this site works. After living a lonely life for some time, Claire begins to feel better and starts living happily due to her affection towards her child. The main story of the book is set in Dublin, Ireland, and includes the important characters of Adam, Anna Walsh, Kate Walsh, Claire Webster, Helen Walsh, and James Webster. Therefore, she decides to move to Manhattan, which proves to be the perfect place for an active and young Irish girl for overdoing things in her life. Saved by Cake is a refreshing read, on more or less two levels.
For some background, she got into baking as a way to deal with stress and depression and anxiety and I can totally relate. It either tastes horrible, has the texture of drywall, or, most likely, both. I don't know yet whether they do work, because I haven't had a chance to try them. The inexperienced can take some comfort through this chapter whilst remembering that it was not that long ago that the author was exactly in the same position - and now she has a book of our own recipes published by a top publisher. The shoe and handbag biscuits particularly. All in all, not a bad book as such, just unoriginal and not equal to the sum of its parts. It's a shame: I think if Marian's voice had come through more, or this had been a blend between anecdotal stories, short fictions and the actual recipes, it would have been a far better book.
I like it that much. After a difficult period in her life, Marian Keyes found solace in baking. And what a beautiful and courageous idea to document how baking helped you overcome depression in the hope that it may help others as well. So many little little stories. Author Keyes is regarded as one of the pioneers of the chick-lit genre. The shoe and handbag biscuits particularly. I am not baking every other day and don;t plan to steop until I have tried every recipes in this fabulous book.
Author Keyes had started writing short stories at the time when she got addicted to alcoholism. This is a journey through the depression that Marian has faced for the majority of her life. And so I was intrigued to learn that the bestselling fiction author, Marian Keyes, actually used baking to haul herself out of a deep depression. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband. In Saved by Cake, Marian Keyes gives a candid account of her recent battle with depression and her discovery that learning to bake was exactly what she needed to regain her joie de vivre.
Straight away the intriguing title starts to draw you in. The recipes were all stuff that home cooks of various skill levels could make, which is great because although aspirational cook books are nice to look at sometimes I resent all the shelf space that is taken up by beautifully photographed, gorgeously presented, probably wonderful-tasting food that I will never ever make due to a the cost of ingredients b the requirement for specialist equipment c an excessive number of steps and d basic unwillingness to become a food wanker. Because it makes me feel accomplished. Keyes took to baking as a way to get her mind off the Unbearable Meaninglessness of It All, so although some of these recipes get quite gourmet and complicated, she's coming at it from the ordinary person perspective, and explains all the little fiddly bits so that you know what to expect. After the completion of her studies, author Keyes started working in an administrative job, after which she shifted to London in the year 1986. In the initial plot of the book, it is shown that the first experience of life is not too good for Rachel. The book does not come with its own timer so you will need to keep an eye on the clock! Recommended for: Marian Keyes fans, those who would appreciate a funny, slightly irreverent take on food and mental health, and anyone with a ken for cake.
To be perfectly blunt about it, my choice sometimes is: I can kill myself, or I can make a dozen cupcakes. The intro was very well written, and it made me pine for more. But that, I suspect, is the whole point of the book -- to take the fear out of getting it wrong and just get on with the business of making fabulous cakes. From a frightening bout of depression came something so beautiful and lovely. If you are new here, you may want to learn a little more about how this site works. Who could possibly resist a pink-covered cookery book titled Saved By Cake, over 80 ways to bake yourself happy.
The way she talks about each recipe is just delicious! I love, love, love this book. But I spent my free time today devouring the whole book with pure pleasure. She also likes to keep them informed about the recent happenings in her life and her latest releases. Incidentally, I don't eat sweets, so this really is food porn for me. Food, to me, isn't just sustenance. It was published by the Arrow publication in the year 1995. Add a little lemon zest or orange zest to it and it tastes even better.