Melissa Rose Bernardo
May 17, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Let Us Eat Cake

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Sharon Boorstin
publisher
HarperCollins
genre
Nonfiction, Cooking/Home

We gave it an A-

In the mold of Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone comes Boorstin’s own autobio/cookbook hybrid, the dense, layered Cake. The author — a food writer and sometime critic — serves up the sweet and the sour on her Miracle Whip-happy mom, her seafood purveyor pop, and her equally food-obsessed friends. She takes us on culinary adventures (sheep brains in Spain!) and recounts memorable meals like a Thanksgiving turkey taste-athon and a seder at Spago (starring Wolfgang Puck’s matzo). Plus, Boorstin shares recipes for everything from chicken to chopped liver to ”The Husband-Catcher Cake.” That one better live up to its name.

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