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Saved by Cake

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  423 ratings  ·  67 reviews
From one of the best-loved novelists in Britain comes a book for all of us who love to bake (or would love to learn).
After a difficult period in her life, Marian Keyes found solace in baking. The precision of the measurements, the light spring of a well-baked cake, the prettiness of the frosting and decorations: the whole process was soothing. She immersed herself in the
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Hardcover, 232 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Michael Joseph (first published January 1st 2012)
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willaful
This is some of the most entertaining food porn I've ever read, which considering it was written by someone struggling with severe depression is quite an achievement. (Incidentally, I don't eat sweets, so this really is food porn for me.) Keyes took to baking as a way to get her mind off the Unbearable Meaninglessness of It All, so although some of these recipes get quite gourmet and complicated, she's coming at it from the ordinary person perspective, and explains all the little fiddly bits so ...more
Charlene Armstrong
I adored this cookbook. Yes, it's a cookbook and I read it in one sitting as if it were a novel!

Cookbooks are strange little beasts - you usually buy one for a specific reason ~ you need a new idea for how to cook chicken for instance, but you're not normally buying it to read from cover to cover, and honestly, when I checked this book out of the library, I had no clue it was a cookbook. I had just put the authors name into the search engine (she's one of my favourites) as I wanted to see if she
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Sofia Grey
I know I usually review fiction and this is a cookery book, but I have a weakness for cookery books – a passion, actually – with the emphasis being on delicious baked goods. When I’m stressed, I bake. And so I was intrigued to learn that the bestselling fiction author, Marian Keyes, actually used baking to haul herself out of a deep depression. And be honest. Who could possibly resist a pink-covered cookery book titled Saved By Cake, over 80 ways to bake yourself happy.

When I buy cookery books
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Belinda
This is not a novel. It's a cookbook which (unsurprisingly, given the title) is full of recipes for cake. Marian Keyes has a great 'voice' as a writer and that is evident in this work. The recipes were all stuff that home cooks of various skill levels could make, which is great because although aspirational cook books are nice to look at sometimes I resent all the shelf space that is taken up by beautifully photographed, gorgeously presented, probably wonderful-tasting food that I will never eve ...more
Frances
Beautifully designed book, gorgeous photographs- but unfortunately the recipes just don't work very well. I tried three out; and only one turned out edible- and I'm a very experienced baker.
The cupcakes were thick and gluggy, the caramel frosting could have broken my teeth, the cakes don't rise well and the upside down cake is just uninspired.
And while some of the flavor combinations, like the white chocolate and wasabi, sound fun and creative, the recipes were poorly balanced and you just ende
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Arielle Walker
Sweet, simple - and nothing new. It's a shame: I think if Marian's voice had come through more, or this had been a blend between anecdotal stories, short fictions and the actual recipes, it would have been a far better book. As it was I found myself skimming through the bland writing, although the pictures of the finished products were definitely inspiring - I may even make a few of them, which is saying something! (I am a terrible baker.)

All in all, not a bad book as such, just unoriginal and
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Katharine
If you love Marian Keyes (and who cannot?) you will love this book. She knows her stuff so it is a great guide for beginners, but also has different from the norm recipes, lots of tips, lots of giggles in the introductions, and all in all a JOY. Just also bought Dan Lepard's 'Short and Sweet' also lovely and recommended but with quite a serious tone. If you need a baking book to encourage you, that feels like it's giving you a hug as you peruse it - this is the one for you!
Renate
If you've got this book in your hands then I'd like to make this recommendation: Go to Marian's website and watch some of the amusing baking demonstrations. That way you'll have Marian's delightful irish voice in you head when you follow her witty baking instructions.

Apart from the humour I'd also recommend this book for its wide variety of recipes. It is not an all encompassing baking manual, although it does include lots of useful tips and instructions aimed at beginners. If you haven't been
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Stephanie
Marian Keyes's SAVED BY CAKE is one of those cookbooks that's so delightfully written and so beautiful as a physical object filled with lush photography, it almost doesn't even matter whether the recipes actually work! I don't know yet whether they do work, because I haven't had a chance to try them. But I spent my free time today devouring the whole book with pure pleasure. I already know (after reading a library copy) that I want to buy myself a copy to keep - not just to try out all the yummy ...more
Cecelia
Over a year ago I saw a fellow blogger’s review of Marian Keyes’ Saved by Cake, and I knew I wanted to read it posthaste. After all, the cookbook featured baked goods (my purview!) exclusively, and the author’s voice was straight-up hilarious in the short excerpt. However, I couldn’t find a listing for the US release date, and when I looked into purchasing an international edition, I realized I wouldn’t do well with the metric weights and measurements.

So I put it on my wishlist and waited. And
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Edel
Marian does it again !!. Another great book by Marian Keyes this time cooking.. Not her usual genre but great all the same. At the beginning of the book marian talks a little about her struggle with depression and how cooking amongst other things helped her manage that. The book is easy to follow and the way Marian writes the recipes is with her normal quirkiness and it will not fail to put a smile on your face.The pictures are great inside and the cover picture is adorable. This book would be a ...more
Caitlin
Okay I stumbled across this purely by accident.

I've read her fiction and it's okay - not my favourites but a step above most "chick lit" out there.

But I've been trying to teach myself to cook - as I'm going absolutely mad at home with a baby, and this really hit me at a bad time and the perfect time.

I love Keyes' humour and honesty - it's the first cookbook I've come across where the author admits to silly mistakes they've made (accidentally buying chive and herb Philly spread), most recipes ha
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Katya
Wait, five stars? Am I mad?

I don't care. I like it that much.

The author of this book suffered from devastating depression. Baking helped her through the episodes and she compiled her favourite recipes in a cookbook, and the Irish royalties of it were donated to charity. This isn't what my review is about, but I figured I might as well get it out of the way now.

When I was a kid/teenager, I loved to bake. No joke, it was literally one of the things I loved to do most. I pestered my mother to teach
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Kirstin
I loved the forward and find it oddly disconcerting that I prefer cookbooks with story rather than just a whole jumble of recipes. I don't know how she stayed so slim whilst baking all those delicious treats. Although I didn't bake any of the recipes myself (as it was a library book it had to go back before I had an opening in my baking schedule) there were quite a few I already had recipes for that I agreed wholeheartedly with the authors views of these dishes, ie espresso and walnut cake etc.. ...more
Catherine
Funny bits in the intros to the recipes and the instructions make this different than any other cookbook I've read (and I do "read" them like a novel sometimes!) Didn't make any of the recipes yet but they all look good. A mix of "regular" baking recipes like brownies and macaroons, and then some different ones, like "Slightly Sinister Star Anise cupcakes", and "Upside-Down Saffron, Mint and Pomegranate Cheesecake." Yum. It's published in the U.K., so all the recipes use grams of dry ingredients ...more
Lalinilla
Para ver una reseña, entren en el blog www.conociendoamariankeyes.blogspot.com

Es que no me gusta repetirme, pero diré que es un libro de recetas peculiarmente divertido.
Beth Hill
Awesome, can't put down
Bianca
Keyes brings her lovely, slightly dark, humor to this cookbook with lovely anecdotes and personal asides. As she explains in the intro, the creation of this book came along when she was suffering from depression. She proved that one remedy doesn't fit everyone and found her salvation in baking. I won't spoil her lovely revelation, but I wish I were lucky enough to be her neighbor when she goes on a baking binge.

She has a variety of recipes and stresses having fun, making things pretty and embra
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Rebecca
This book is awesome! I read it cover to cover and loved it, and as much as I love reading cookbooks I have never done that before.

For some background, she got into baking as a way to deal with stress and depression and anxiety and I can totally relate. Baking is a great stress reliever for me. I spend the whole day before Christmas making cookies as a way to unwind after all the holiday hassles and it's become a tradition but people don't know it's really my self-administered therapy.

Marian Ke
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Darren
Straight away the intriguing title starts to draw you in. How can you be saved by cake? A lovely thought but how…?

The book touches briefly on some troubling personal problems that the author has experienced during her battle against depression, yet fortunately baking was a particular outlet to help her get through the day. Each day onwards and a little bit stronger and this all came through by a chance discovery after the author, a self-described novice, had decided to make a cake for a friend.
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Deirdre
Saved by Cake is how Marian Keyes pulled herself from depression to somewhere a bit better. She's the first to admit that she isn't "cured" per say but in a better place than she was before she discovered that baking was a way of concentrating her mind and making her focus on what was in front of her and it helped. She also says that before baking she had tried other things that didn't work, but that this was what worked for her and that that's what you should do for yourself if you find yoursel ...more
Prachi
The hilarious descriptions of how she scoured and reached at the recipes, the very understandable and yet funny (when it doesn't happen to me) disasters in baking, and the explanations as to why you do what you do all worked for me in a big way. It's so much more than just a recipe book really. So many little little stories. And what a beautiful and courageous idea to document how baking helped you overcome depression in the hope that it may help others as well. I've only tried the Honey Cake ti ...more
Cara
Definitely the most entertaining cookery book I have ever read - it had me crying with laughter! Marian Keyes writes with charm and wit, bringing her self-deprecating humour (and a stock of 'Irishisms') to her experience of baking her way out of depression.
This is an excellent introduction to the world of baking, packed full of useful hints and tips alongside a host of gorgeous recipes. My favourite has to be the Fridge-Set Honeycomb Cheesecake... or maybe the Blondie Cupcakes. And then there's
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Andrea (mrsaubergine)
I love Marian Keyes and was really worried about her when she announced she had stopped writing due to a serious bout of depression. This book chronicles her fight back from the breakdown, listing her treatments - even the way she carried a "suicide bag" with pens and paper so she could write a note to whoever found her. But her ultimate way of pushing the black thoughts at bay turned out to be baking.

Full of gorgeous recipes, every page has her trademark wonderful Irish humour and you can't he
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Jennifer
The funniest, warmest, most beautifully photographed "cookbooks" I've read in a long time! Keyes is a bestseller but this is my first exposure to her.

This Bake Bible tells the story of Keyes who finds herself bogged down in a deep depression. Simply by accident she stumbles into treating herself by immersion in flour, chocolate and sanding sugar. I've been there where Keyes has been....thankfully I didn't enjoy cooking then or I'd weigh 2 tons!

Her beautiful journey sprinkled with hilarious wit a
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Kat A
I was a mite disappointed that this was a straight up recipe book, but only in as much as I miss Marian Keyes' books so much, not that I don't wish her the very best on her journey to get well. The recipes look gorgeous, and I'm very glad that she has found something that helps so much. The intro was very well written, and it made me pine for more. Even better than some of the short stories I've read in multi author compilations! An introduction or a short story is much less demanding than a nov ...more
Kate Kerrigan
I can't even begin to describe how much I love this book. I love cake - of course - and I am - I have to confess - a good baker - which means that I hate most formal recipe book because they make the whole thing seen so convoluted and complicated. Keyes not only introduced me to recipes that I actually wanted to make, but her witty, friendly style guided me through them in a way that made even the most complicated thing - macaroons - like I would NEVER have attempted them before this book - seem ...more
Jessica
This is a beautiful cookbook that i was lucky to win from Goodreads Giveaways! I love when cookbooks have photographs (color) to go along with the recipes so I know what everything is meant to look like once finished. Some of the recipes are quite British and don't personally appeal to me, but many look delicious and I can't wait to try some this summer. I like Marian Keyes fiction books very much and her same breezy style of writing is evident here. It's like sitting in a kitchen with a friend ...more
Mindy
I liked this so much that I am going to have to buy my own copy. TW for some discussion of suicide.
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Marian Keyes, born September 10, 1963, is a popular Irish writer, considered to be one of the original progenitors of "chick lit". Keyes' first novel, Watermelon, was published in Ireland in 1995. Since then she has published seven further novels and two collections of non-fiction, and has sold 15 million copies of her books in 30 languages.

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