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cooking in thought

September 26, 2010

I just finished reading The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and it sure made me think. The San Francisco Chronicle writes: “On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents’ attention, bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother—her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother—tastes of despair and desperation. Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes a peril and a threat to Rose.”

Although this book is sad, I like any book that makes me think of things I haven’t before. I certainly did not consider my own mother’s feelings and thoughts when I was nine years old and the heaviness of Roses’ mother’s truth is hard to imagine. If we are what we eat, what about the emotions that went into it?

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 13, 2010 2:41 am

    wow, sounds good but super intense! Not sure I can handle that right now :/

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