[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]It’s no secret that I love to read. Right now I am in the middle of five different books. It’s sort of a problem. I recently finished The Kitchen House (and loved it). When I got to the end, I noticed an interview with the author. I usually skip over these book club-type sections, mostly because I have four other books to finish, but something about this interview drew me in.
I don’t want to spoil the plot, because I think this novel is definitely worth reading, but Kathleen Grissom’s description of how she developed the storyline and characters was fascinating. I’ve always wanted to write a book, but wasn’t exactly sure how that actually happens. I am sure it’s different for everyone, but Grissom’s revelations were quite fascinating. Perhaps my kooky imagination could play to my advantage?
Tucked within the interview was a recipe for Belle’s molasses cake, which appears throughout the novel. I figured if the cake was half as good as the book, it would be mighty tasty.
I flagged the page (wahoo for Post-its), picked up all the ingredients… and then completely forgot about it. Until this afternoon.
The recipe is simple and easy to follow, right up my alley. I wasn’t sure what it would taste like but, um, molasses is a good source of iron. Or whatever. Give me a baked good, and I will rationalize eating it for you. When I pulled the pan from the oven I thought two things:
- I wish I had a square cake stand.
- This smells insane.
If that’s not reason enough to pick up a book, I don’t know what is.
Also On Tap for Today:
- I love the 80’s: cakes edition
- Getting my act together for the week ahead
- Not sure what to read next?
What was the last book that inspired you? What’s on your summer reading list?