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Cake Stories.

Shopping for and reading books just got even better! 😉

Chicago Review of Books

Fifteen years ago, at an event promoting her new young adult novel, Hillary Frank smiled for the camera and leaned closer to the other star of the night – a giant cake modeled after the book. The blue-and-black cake looked like a larger-than-life-sized copy of her book, I Can’t Tell You. To a packed house at The Book Cellar, then a fledgling shop in Chicago’s Lincoln Square, Frank talked about her book and then the crowd ate it up.

The author “was floored” when she first saw it. Thus began a decades-long Book Cellar tradition, in which the store’s owner, Suzy Takacs, commissions large, hyper-realistic book cakes to serve during author events one-to-four times a month for over a decade.

“We had cake and wine and it felt like a real book party,” Frank wrote in an email. “Like, I conquered this book so hard that I am literally…

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A Virtual Irish Vacation.

Visit Ireland at the weekend!

Via your public library or bookshop:

Allen, D. (2012). Irish traditional cooking. Great Britain: Kyle Books.

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Fire Burne, and Cauldron Bubble.

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

The_Three_Witches_from_Shakespeares_Macbeth_by_Daniel_Gardner,_1775 (1)Fillet of a Fenny Snake,
In the Cauldron boyle and bake:
Eye of Newt, and Toe of Frogge,
Wooll of Bat, and Tongue of Dogge:
Adders Forke, and Blinde-wormes Sting,
Lizards legge, and Howlets wing:
For a Charme of powrefull trouble,
Like a Hell-broth, boyle and bubble.

~ Wm. Shakespeare. Macbeth, Act. IV, Scene I

Sound tasty? Well, it’s not likely to make it to the menu of your favorite fast food franchise any time soon, but it may have helped to make Macbeth a hit.

According to The Better Novel Project, the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games series are best-sellers in part because they include references to food. In the genres to which those books belong, food is thought to be symbolic of important aspects of the story: maturity, desperation, abundance, danger, sacrifice, magic, humanity, survival and friendship.

IrishFirebrands crosses a half-dozen genre lines…

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