All Cakes Considered: A Year’s Worth of Weekly Recipes Tested, Tasted, and Approved by the Staff of NPR’s All Things Considered, by Melissa Gray

Melissa Gray is a producer for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”.   She decided to bring a homemade cake (no mixes, cans-all made from “scratch”) in every Monday.  “Why Monday?  Because no matter how much you love your job Monday is the day you look forward to the least.”   There are lots of informative and fun annotations, information about ingredients (Did you know cream of tartar is a “by-product of wine making formed on the inside of wine casks during fermentation?  It is used in baking to stabilize egg whites and keep sugar from crystallizing while being heated.”).  If you are a fan of NPR this is a must read.   By the way, Carl Kasell loves fruitcake.

RATING:  **** Very, very good
Reviewed by: nj

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