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text 2017-06-28 13:06
28th June 2017
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender

My genes, my love, are rubber bands and rope - make yourself a structure you can live inside.

 

Aimee Bender

 

Happy 48th birthday, Aimee Bender! The American author writes books marked by surrealism and light, that still manage to stab the reader in the heart.

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review 2017-06-24 20:01
"The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake" by Aimee Bender
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender

This is one of three books I've read recently that does not use quotation marks. WHY?? It's so confusing! Especially when the author also breaks the rule of starting a new paragraph when a new person talks and has two people talking, without quotation marks, in the same paragraph! Argh! Stop doing this!!

Anyway, this is an interesting story about a normal American family whose members just so happen to have supernatural abilities. I love how differently each person handled it. I loved how differently the normal people reacted to it. I think it's a pretty realistic, down-to-earth portrayal of what life would be like with relatively mild superpowers.

On the other hand, I can't figure out how I feel about Joseph's ability... Like, I get the symbolism. But it's just so weird! I was also really confused by the last chapter. I think it's a flash-back. But it wasn't clear to me while reading it at what point in the timeline it took place. That's why I can't confidently choose a rating for this book.

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This isn't super important to the plot, but every time the family goes to a restaurant to eat, her dad immediately cuts his portions in half and puts half in a to-go box to give to the first homeless person he sees when they leave, which I thought was a really cool idea.

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review 2017-06-13 00:08
Chocolate Cakes
A Chocoholic's Chocolate Cake Cookbook: ... A Chocoholic's Chocolate Cake Cookbook: 30 Indulgent and Diverse Sweet & Delicious Chocolate Cake Recipes for any Chocoholic (secret or otherwise!) - Gordon Rock

I was able to get this book for free when it was being offered that way, it now costs $3.95. I was not as enthused about these recipes as many required Items that I had not heard or seen before. There were a few recipes that I felt we would try, but not as many as other recipe books. 

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review 2017-05-23 13:02
The Fast Dessert
24 Dump Cake Recipes: Simple and Easy to Make - Marylyn Smith

Dump Cakes are fun! They are lots of fun! You can mix and match with cake mixes and just dump things together. No mixing! You make the Dump Cake and heat it up and then serve it with a little ice cream (usually vanilla is what we use) and you have a great dessert for most anyone! 

 

My girls and I found a dump cake one time that we couldn't find a pie filling for and we improvised and it was so good, that when we found the filling it called for, we tried it that way, too. 

 

Dump Cakes are also great for beginners. 

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review 2017-05-23 12:56
Using Cake Mixes or From Scratch
100 Bundt and Tube Pan Cake Recipes - Tera L. Davis

I read some of the reviews on the book on Amazon and it was a mixed review, but there was one review by a "professional pastry chef" and they pointed out that this was a good book because there were options for people who were not very good at making things or were just beginners and there were scratch recipes for those who were more advanced. It was a very good point. This book is good for all. I got it for free and it is now $2.99 and a good price. 

 

I marked several recipes that my daughters and I might end up trying and experimenting with. I do suggest this book and if you are just beginning or experienced it will be enjoyable. 

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