You Have to Read: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

March 27, 2012

This is a weird book.

You still with me? Because I loved it. I absolutely head over heels loved it. I hope I don’t discredit it by saying that it may not be for everyone, but it certainly was for me. This is the story of Rose, who as a 9 year old takes a big bite of her normally cheerful mother’s homemade lemon cake and tastes her mother’s desperation and despair. She has the gift (and curse) of tasting the emotions of the person who prepares her food.

This is a story quite unlike any other. It is classified as magical realism (which is just like it sounds, a novel based in reality with a touch of unrealistic). There’s also a lot of food in it. And I love to hear people talk about food. I love food and I love words, and it fascinates me to hear people describe taste–something I don’t have the ability to do.

Try this book. I found it rather delicious.


4 thoughts on “You Have to Read: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

  1. Kris

    I got it from the library and for sure worth the read. Thanks for the suggestion.

    I have an old favorite _Garden Spells_ by Sarah Addison Allen that is kind of along the same lines but she makes food that make others feel in a certain way. In case you were looking for something different around book club’s reads :)

  2. Brenda

    I hadn’t been on here in a while, but this post reminded me of the book Like Water for Chocolate, have you read it??


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