This book was almost an afterthought. It’s big. I don’t go in much for large format books. They take up a lot of shelf space and shelf space is one thing lacking in my house. But I thumbed through it and … well, I immediately told myself the same thing I’m going to tell you right now: “You gotta get this book!”
The Victorian Book of Cakes is a reprint of a book from over a hundred years ago, and it was probably THE guidebook for exquisite cake baking around the latter part of the Victorian era. There are recipes and guides, lovely color plates, illustrations, and a treasure-trove of ads for ancient baking equipment.
Here are just a couple of pictures from within. I could go on and on about what I like about this book but once again, if you collect cookbooks, this is probably one you want to get for yourself.
I’ll leave you with two pictures, one a multi-tiered cake … I want a piece right now. The other is one of the ads inside the book … for a piece of industrial strength cake mixing equipment. Wasn’t this the same mixer Charly learned to use in the movie “Charly,” the film remake of “Flowers for Algernon?”
If you are interested in baking, cakes, frosting, pastries -or- if you just like to collect cool cookbooks, find a copy. Buy this book!
Thomas Fenske is a novelist living in North Carolina. He also collects cookbooks. For more information: http://www.thefensk.com