"It's really a very simple story. What happened was this: I met this girl and did a very stupid thing. I fell in love. Hard. I know that to some people that makes me an idiot and a loser. What can I say? They're right. I did some extremely foolish things; I'm the first to say it. And they've left me in jail and alone."
So begins one of the most compelling, emotionally charged, and affecting novels you are likely to read this year.
I'm a decent cook. I consider myself more of a "feeder" (Nora Ephron's brilliant coinage) than a cook. I can make certain foods; I can make a good sandwich and an OK meal. I can feed my family and my guests, but I don't know how to make a béchamel sauce (or even know what exactly that is.) I don't have a bunch of cookbooks. I generally don't make new foods or follow recipes or read the food sections of newspapers. I don't consider myself a "foodie" in any way. I like food; I'm just not insane about it. I do what I can.
But I love do pound cake and resolved a few years ago to learn how to make a GREAT pound cake. So what did I do? I went to the fount of all information, the Internet, and searched for "best pound cake recipe."
Quite a few recipes came up, but some I eliminated. I decided that I didn't want to make a sour cream pound cake or a vanilla pound cake or one that had weird ingredients like shortening or almond extract or salt. I considered Elvis Presley's favorite pound cake but eliminated that one: too much heavy cream. Eventually I got down to a recipe that I tried out and has proven to be a big success with my family, my guests and my own gluttonous, sweet-toothed self.
You might ask, why pound cake? There are many reasons.
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