Book Recommendation and Menu: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
by Aimee Bender

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A NovelReally enjoyed this refreshing and nourishing novel. It's very different about a girl who tastes the emotions of the chef in food. Can't wait to read more by this author as it's never what you expect at any turn in the book.

Sad and bitter sweet.

Well worth reading. Try it for your book club.

We're reading it for our club. I'm planning on making an assortment of cakes for our meeting. Of course a lemon cake, and maybe a chocolate cake too because of that frosting on the cover. I have an urge to attempt something like a coconut cake as well.

On the menu for the meeting will also be Onion Soup which played a pivotal role in the main character Rose's recovery. Also Oreos should play a starring role in our menu or other vending food items. Still thinking about which ones would be best.

Got a cake recipe you would recommend? I'm newish to cake making.

From Publishers Weekly

Taking her very personal brand of pessimistic magical realism to new heights (or depths), Bender's second novel (following An Invisible Sign of My Own) careens splendidly through an obstacle course of pathological, fantastical neuroses. Bender's narrator is young, needy Rose Edelstein, who can literally taste the emotions of whoever prepares her food, giving her unwanted insight into other people's secret emotional lives—including her mother's, whose lemon cake betrays a deep dissatisfaction. Rose's father and brother also possess odd gifts, the implications of which Bender explores with a loving and detailed eye while following Rose from third grade through adulthood. Bender has been called a fabulist, but emerges as more a spelunker of the human soul; carefully burrowing through her characters' layered disorders and abilities, Bender plumbs an emotionally crippled family with power and authenticity. Though Rose's gift can seem superfluous at times, and Bender's gustative

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