Let Me Eat Cake

Let Me Eat Cake

3.64 (28 ratings by Goodreads)
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When Paul Arnott was a small boy his mother gave him sugar and melted butter for a sore throat and all hot meals were followed by sponge and custard. His first love was the magnificent green tin of Tate & Lyle's faux honey from Warrington: Golden Syrup. A passionate affair with sweet stuff had begun. Paul's love of sugar has taken him far and wide. From a cake factory in Bangalore where, on the basis of his round face he was offered a role in a Bollywood film, to Pennyslvania to investigate the town of Hershey, built by the chocolate magnate for his workers. He pays homage to the work of the Papa Bubble at the Caramel Artisans factory shop in Barcelona and the master baker of the Greek island of Spetses. Into the mix he adds something of the history, economy and industry of sugar. As Paul's love of sweet stuff grew, so did his waist. He contends that, contrary to what many would have us believe, eating cake isn't a sin. It's an indulgence. And the experiences that caused every extra pound should be revered and celebrated. LET ME EAT CAKE is a memoir of love for sweet sensations, Larousse Gastronomique written by Billy Bunter.
Funny, charming and full of surprising stories it will leave you feeling deliciously full.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 142 x 222 x 24mm | 420g
  • Sceptre
  • United Kingdom
  • 0340923970
  • 9780340923979
  • 1,927,155

Review quote

'This is a lovely book - Arnott has written a story that is by turns thoughtful and comforting, and nostalgic as hell.' -- William Leith, Guardian 'Arnott is adept at telling wonderful stories, but it's his warm, affectionate take on growing up, and out, that makes this such a lovely book...I was won over by the sweetness of it all.' -- Independent on Sunday 'A nostalgic sugarfest. Arnott writes extremely well, icing his prose with subtle, ironic humour...A light, funny, informative, highly enjoyable confection that offers much instant gratification. Enjoy' -- Daily Mail 'If T.S.Eliot's life was measured out in coffee spoons, Paul Arnott's has been punctuated by bars of dairy milk chocolate and Mr Kipling's exceedingly calorific cakes. His sweet, funny, sugar-coated memoir is light as a fairy cake.' -- The Times
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About Paul Arnott

Paul Arnott is a radio, television and film producer and has written many plays. Though an admirer of all manner of cakes he is happiest in the world of mass manufactured confection. He will not pass a new cake product without trying it.
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28 ratings
3.64 out of 5 stars
5 18% (5)
4 39% (11)
3 36% (10)
2 4% (1)
1 4% (1)
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